UCSD Donations hit $150.3 Million in 2012-13

30,289 donors gave funds to UCSD, a 15-percent increase from the previous year

Over 30,000 private donors gave funds to UCSD for the 2012–13 fiscal year, generating a total of $150.3 million in gifts for university construction, student support and research.

“All gifts, large and small, are making an important difference at UCSD,” Vice Chancellor of External Affairs Steve Relyea said in a UCSD News Center release.

The private support comes in a 15 percent increase from the previous year, with 30 percent of the total donations provided by private and public foundations.

“Private gifts fund support for students, construct academic and medical buildings, ensure excellent patient care, fuel research, foster the arts and promise a diverse student experience,” UCSD Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla said.

Of the 30,289 donations, 15 percent came from alumni — a record number that included an unprecedented $18.5 million gifted to the computer science and engineering department from an anonymous Jacobs School of Engineering alumnus.

“I made this gift to recognize the wonderful education I received and to assist the department in its efforts to reach even higher levels of excellence,” the donor said. “It is my wish to ‘pay it forward,’ and I hope other alumni, at all giving levels, will consider doing the same.”

The $18.5 million will go toward funding new teaching labs, tutoring programs and endowment chairs, among other projects.

Notable gifts also included $4 million in scholarship support for graduate students from the Jerome and Miriam Katzin Prize Endowment Fund and a $1.6 million award from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, created by Microsoft founder Paul Allen.

Assistant physics professor Suckjoon Jun received the Allen Distinguished Investigators award to continue research in the field of interdisciplinary quantitative biology.

Jun, a member of the UC San Diego Young Investigator Program, is the first UCSD member to be such an award recipient.

Other donations included a bequest of $6.05 million from the Walter J. and Betty C. Zable Foundation, a $4.6 million grant from the U.S. Hereditary Angioedema Association and $4.3 from the Simons Foundation.