September 20, 2004
UCSC raises $32.2 million from private donors
By Louise Donahue
UCSC raised a record $32.2 million from private donors in 2003-04, an increase
of 42 percent over the $22.7 million raised the year before.
"This record level of support for UC Santa Cruz could not have come at
a more critical time," said Acting Chancellor Martin M. Chemers. "It
will be invaluable in building on campus achievements in cutting-edge research
and undergraduate teaching."
The largest single contribution was a $17.5 million grant from the Gordon and
Betty Moore Foundation, part of a University of California-California Institute
of Technology project to build the world's most powerful telescope. Known as
the Thirty-Meter Telescope, it will provide images more than 12 times sharper
than those of the Hubble Space Telescope and have nine times the light-gathering
ability of one of the 10-meter Keck Telescopes, currently the largest in the
The largest gift ever for scholarships in UCSCs Baskin School of Engineering
was made in memory of software engineer and alumna Amy Snader, who died in a
hiking accident. The estate of Barbara Snader, Amy Snaders mother, donated
$1 million to the Amy Beth Snader Memorial Scholarship Fund, established in
1997, to benefit women studying engineering.
The New Teacher Centers focus on programs for new teachers and administrators
drew grants from many sources. Grants totaling $700,000 from the William and
Flora Hewlett Foundation and $587,408 from the Stupski Family Foundation were
among the awards.
A long-term collaborative research project involving the study and monitoring
of coastal ecosystems continued to receive funding from the David and Lucile
Packard Foundation. The foundation augmented its original grant--involving four
major universities in California and Oregon--with $1.1 million for UCSC. Called
the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), the
project focuses on connections among the nearshore biological communities along
1,200 miles of coastline from southern California to Oregon.
We raised $32 million this year due to the world-class excellence of
our faculty and inspiration of our students, fueled by the leadership of Chancellor
Greenwood, Acting Chancellor Chemers, and our deans, said Ronald P. Suduiko,
vice chancellor of University Relations. We will build upon this success.
Efforts to increase scholarship funding are already under way: The campuss
first Scholarships Benefit Dinner in the fall of 2003 raised more than $500,000
to support undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships.
Individual donors continued to provide crucial support in 2003-04. The Telephone
Outreach Program raised a record $1.16 million from alumni and parents of students,
and UC Santa Cruz Foundation trustees contributed $467,874. Alumni celebrating
five-year through 35-year reunions raised more than $245,000 to support campus
programs, and the Alumni Association Scholarship Fund raised $109,130.
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