Centennial Campaign for UCLA

UCLA raises record $643 million in 2014–15

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Judy Olian Marion Anderson 2015
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The campus received more than 77,000 gifts, including one of $100 million from Marion Anderson (right), here with Judy Olian, dean of the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

​UCLA received $643 million in gifts and pledges during the fiscal year ending June 30, breaking a campus fundraising record and marking the third consecutive year of growth. The achievement accelerates momentum as the Centennial Campaign for UCLA continues.

The total smashed UCLA’s previous high of $557 million, set in 2013–14. The campus raised $507 million in 2012-13.

“Our collective vision for UCLA’s next century continues to inspire philanthropic leaders from California and around the world to support us with gifts of all sizes,” said Rhea Turteltaub, vice chancellor for external affairs. “I salute the many volunteers, faculty, and staff who helped execute the strategies for our remarkable success.”

The $4.2 billion Centennial Campaign for UCLA was publicly launched in May 2014 and is scheduled to conclude in December 2019, during UCLA’s 100th anniversary year. Including a private phase that began in July 2012, the campaign has raised more than $2.04 billion.

The single largest donation in 2014–15 was $100 million from longtime supporter Marion Anderson to establish an endowment to support student financial aid, fellowships and other priorities at the UCLA Anderson School of Management, and to help fund a new building at the school.

In all, 60,524 donors made 77,818 gifts. About $473 million was in cash, reflecting gifts and pledge payments, also a single-year campus record. Significantly, 95 percent of gifts were for less than $10,000, and 81 percent were for less than $1,000.

Donations large and small were made to units across campus, for a wide range of purposes. Among them:

  • Alumnus Alan Leve provided $5 million to the Center for Jewish Studies, which was renamed in his honor. The gift established separate endowments to fund student scholarships and fellowships, encourage innovation in teaching and curriculum, and support faculty and graduate student research.
  • The co-creator and the cast and crew of the television series “The Big Bang Theory” gave $4 million to endow a scholarship fund to aid undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Valerie and Bob Fish contributed $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellowship at the UCLA Cultural Neuropsychology Initiative, which performs vital work providing neuropsychological assessments for patients who primarily speak Spanish or are bilingual.
  • Long-time supporters Meyer and Renee Luskin and Ralph and Shirley Shapiro — all UCLA alumni — gave $1 million to establish an endowed professorship in the social sciences in the name of Scott Waugh, UCLA’s executive vice chancellor and provost.
  • Barry and Meredith Eggers gave $100,000 to encourage entrepreneurship among current students and recent graduates. The gift will establish a fund supporting an annual prize for a UCLA startup venture.
  • Multiple donors made gifts at individual events held by various units, including the Younes and Soraya Nazarian Center for Israeli Studies, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, Mattel Children’s Hospital and the Semel Institute.
  • Professor of electrical engineering Oscar Stafsudd Jr. and his wife, Jacqueline, both UCLA graduates, made a $1 million estate gift to benefit his department in the Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science.
  • Elena Davis donated $50,000 to support research on how the lack of access to water affects the homeless population of Los Angeles.
  • Jim and Carol Collins, who met as UCLA students in the 1940s, contributed $10 million toward construction of the Wasserman Football Center training facility being planned on campus.
  • Leading health care professionals, friends and former students of Dr. Paul Torrens, a professor emeritus at the Fielding School of Public Health, contributed $165,000 to continue in perpetuity a health forum that Torrens inaugurated in 2010. The free monthly meetings enable professionals, faculty, alumni and students to discuss ideas for advancing U.S. and global health care.

Since its founding, UCLA has grown into one of the world’s leading universities. The Centennial Campaign for UCLA celebrates the university’s strengths and seeks to ensure its long-term excellence by continuing progress toward self-reliance — state support accounts for only about 7 percent of revenues — and increasing UCLA’s endowment. UCLA competes with other top universities, many of them private institutions with longer histories and larger endowments, to attract the brightest students and most renowned scholars.

Among the campaign’s primary goals are bolstering available funding for undergraduate scholarships and graduate student fellowships, increasing the number of endowed professorships and enhancing other forms of faculty support.

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