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August 18, 1997

UCSC receives $13.5 million in private gifts and grants for record-breaking year

By Francine Tyler

UC Santa Cruz received more than $13.5 million in private support in the form of gifts and grants during the fiscal year that ended June 30--the highest total recorded in UCSC's 32-year history, according to the Development Office.

The total was more than double that received by the university in the previous year, when $6.1 million was contributed to campus programs, scholarships, and fellowships. The previous fund-raising record of $9.3 million was set in 1994-95.

This year's total included a $5-million gift from philanthropist and UC Santa Cruz Foundation trustee Jack Baskin. Baskin's gift, by far the largest in campus history, helped launch UCSC's first professional school, the Jack Baskin School of Engineering.

"Alumni, parents, friends of the university, corporations, foundations, and others demonstrated tremendous support for UC Santa Cruz this year through their giving," said Daniel G. Aldrich III, assistant chancellor for University Advancement. "Our extraordinary gift for the Baskin Engineering School capped an outstanding year of private support."

New records were set by a number of UCSC's fund-raising programs. Annual Fund contributions--primarily consisting of annual gifts from alumni and parents and matching funds from corporations--totaled nearly $1.1 million, a 22 percent increase over the previous year. The Telephone Outreach Program raised $810,607, an increase of 34 percent over last year's total, and parent donors contributed nearly $675,000, 61 percent more than last year.

The bulk of the funding came from the following sources: individuals other than alumni and parents, 55 percent; foundations, 14 percent; the business sector, 14 percent; and alumni and parents, 10 percent. Other sources included trusts and bequests and campus and community organizations.

"We are grateful to a lot of people, including our Foundation trustees and UCSC faculty and staff, for their efforts on the university's behalf in generating private gifts and grants this year," Aldrich said. "Private support will become even more important as we grow as a campus. It's at the core of our ability to provide access to a quality education for all of California's qualified citizens."

Major private gifts or grants received by UCSC during the past year included:

In addition, UCSC physicist Sue Carter received a David and Lucile Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering, worth $500,000 over five years. She is the third UCSC faculty member to receive the award: Biochemist Joseph Puglisi and molecular biologist Charles Wilson accepted awards in 1994 and 1995, respectively.

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