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UCLA Raises More Than $3 Billion to Help Ensure Its Long-term Future Among World’s Leading Research Universities

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UCLA hascompleted the most successful fund-raising campaign in the history of highereducation, generating more than $3 billion to deepen and broaden theuniversity's excellence in education, research, health care and communityservice, Chancellor Albert Carnesale announced today.

Campaign UCLAsecured funding used to support cutting-edge research, provide studentscholarships and fellowships, attract and retain top scholars in a wide rangeof academic disciplines, and enhance classroom, laboratory, health care andother facilities. The campaign benefited all sectors of UCLA — from the College of Letters and Science to the 11professional schools, from physical and life sciences to social sciences andhumanities, from law and medicine to engineering and the arts, and fromlibraries to UCLA Extension.

"Campaign UCLAhas been critical to UCLA's ascent among the world's leading researchuniversities," Carnesale said. "Through our donors' generosity, UCLA has madestrategic investments that advance our mission — to create and transmitknowledge, power economic growth and social mobility, and enrich the lives ofthe people of Californiaand beyond. We're grateful to the many donors and volunteers who helped makethe campaign so successful."

Campaign UCLAbegan in July 1995 with an initial goal of $1.2 billion. In March 2002, UCLAdoubled the goal to $2.4 billion. The campaign closed Dec. 31, 2005, with $3.053billion in gifts and pledges from more than 225,000 donors.

No other singlefund-raising campaign by a college or university has generated as much support.Other top research universities in recent years have launched fund-raisingcampaigns with similar monetary goals, but UCLA was the first to reach the $3billion milestone.

Of the $3.053billion raised by Campaign UCLA, donors directed gifts to these areas:

-$226 millionfor direct student support such as graduate fellowships and undergraduatescholarships.

-$784 millionfor medical research and patient-care programs.

-$605 millionfor faculty research and other support such as endowed professorships.

-$634 million fornew and enhanced facilities, including $300 million for the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Donors alsoprovided $804 million in funding to be used for priorities — especially studentsupport — set by deans, department chairs and program directors. For example,entertainment executive and philanthropist David Geffen pledged $200 million in2002 to endow the School of Medicine, which nowbears his name. The campaign's single-largest gift is being used to enhanceresearch and teaching programs.

Gifts generatedby Campaign UCLA have been used to:

-Provide morethan 30,000 scholarship and fellowship awards to undergraduate and graduatestudents.

-Endow 124 newprofessorships, which have attracted and retained top scholars and researchersin a wide range of academic disciplines, from literature to pediatricneurosurgery and from international finance to nanosystems.

-Create theMattel Children's Hospital, made possible by a $25 million gift from MattelInc. The hospital is a national leader in pediatric organ transplant programsand research into pediatric cancer, cardiology and neurology. In 2002, hospitalsurgeons successfully separated conjoined twins from Guatemalaknown as the "two Marias."

-Establish the Ronald W. Burkle Centerfor International Relations, which provides analysis of the most pressingproblems on the global geopolitical landscape affecting American foreignpolicy. Core financial support was provided through a $10 million endowmentfrom Burkle, managing partner of the Yucaipa Companies.

-Endow the UCLASchool of Engineering and Applied Science with a $30 million gift from HenrySamueli, '75, M.S. '76, Ph.D. '80, co-founder, chairman and chieftechnology officer of Broadcom Corp.; and a professor of electrical engineeringat UCLA; and his wife, Susan. The school, now named in Samueli's honor, housessix multimillion-dollar interdisciplinary research centers funded by topnational and professional agencies.

-Build the Gonda(Goldschmied) Neuroscience and Genetics Research Center,where researchers use state-of-the art laboratories to isolate the geneticerrors that lead to neurological and other diseases, and develop interventionsto treat and prevent them. The center, which houses the UCLA Department ofHuman Genetics and the Brain Research Institute, was made possible by a $45million gift from Leslie and Susan Gonda.

-Endow the Neuropsychiatric Institute with a $25 million gift fromTerry S. Semel, chief executive officer of Yahoo! Inc., and his wife, JaneBovingdon Semel, founder of a nonprofit production company that addressespublic-health issues through entertainment. The newly named SemelInstitute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior is among the world's most comprehensiveneuroscience centers, where faculty from multiple disciplines seeks tounderstand the human brain, develop effective treatments for neurological andpsychiatric disorders, and improve access to mental health services.

-Form the Richard S. Ziman Center for Real Estate, named in honorof a $5 million gift from the chairman and chief executive officer ofArden Realty Inc. The center, a partnership between the UCLA Anderson School ofManagement and the UCLA School of Law, uses an interdisciplinary approach toexamine the significance of real estate in the economy and urban environment.

-Help build the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which will be thenation's most advanced patient-care hospital when it opens in early 2007,complete with the latest medical equipment and technology. State and federalfunding also was used.

-Build the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Center, a new home for thevisual arts programs of the School of the Arts and Architecture (UCLArts).Construction of the center, scheduled to open later this year, was madepossible by a $23 million gift from the Broads,philanthropists and art collectors.

-Build GloryaKaufman Hall, home of the UCLA Department of World Arts and Cultures and thenation's premier dance center for teaching and performance. The facility, whichopened in the fall of 2005, was made possible by an $18 million gift fromKaufman, a philanthropist and arts patron.

"Campaign UCLAhighlights the power of private giving, providing a lasting legacy for thedonor," Campaign UCLA Chairman Bob Wilson said. "Every gift, no matter thesize, can have a direct and positive effect on the life of a student, the workof a faculty member or the scope of groundbreaking research, thereby enhancingUCLA's ability to serve the public good."

Vice Chancellorof External Affairs Michael Eicher, who oversaw Campaign UCLA, emphasized theimportance of the partnerships needed to identify funding priorities and raisemore than $3 billion.

"It takes agreat deal of dedication and collaboration among campus leadership, faculty,alumni, donors, volunteers and development staff to ensure that money is raisedfor the areas where it's needed most to help sustain our broad-basedexcellence," Eicher said. "The results of Campaign UCLA illustrate what can beaccomplished when we work together."

"The role ofprivate giving and the engagement of faculty in philanthropic efforts areincreasingly important as the funding gap between public and privateuniversities widens," said mechanicaland aerospace engineering professor Adrienne Lavine, head of the UCLA AcademicSenate. "Campaign UCLA benefitedevery segment of the institution, including faculty, and helped to secureUCLA's long-term future among the world's leading research universities."

Chancellor Carnesalenoted that state funding constitutes less than 15 percent of UCLA's$3.6 billion operating budget, down from almost 21 percent in 1997.In addition, he said, UCLA competes for faculty and students against privateuniversities with far greater financial resources.

"The success ofCampaign UCLA is a great testament to our extraordinary faculty and students,"Carnesale said. "Private giving is critical if we are to continue to attractthe best and the brightest."

To mark theclose of Campaign UCLA, the campus is planning a series of events to thankvolunteers and donors, and to highlight the universitywide impact of thelandmark campaign.

About UCLA

California's largest university, UCLA enrollsapproximately 38,000 students per year and offers degrees from the College of Letters and Science and 11 professionalschools in dozens of varied disciplines. UCLA consistently ranks among the topfive universities and colleges nationwide in total research-and-developmentspending, receiving more than $820 million a year in competitively awardedfederal and state grants and contracts. For every $1 state taxpayers invest inUCLA, the university generates almost $9 in economic activity, resulting in anannual $6 billion economic impact on the Greater Los Angeles region. Theuniversity's health care network treats 450,000 patients per year. UCLA employsmore than 27,000 faculty and staff, has more than 321,000 living alumni, andhas been home to five Nobel Prize recipients.

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