Thursday, September 17, 1998
Phillip Torrez (510) 987-9205


The University of California for the fourth consecutive year raised a record amount in contributions from alumni and friends, receiving $754.5 million in 1997-98, a 4 percent increase from the previous year's total of $725.6 million. The milestone continues the UC system's distinction as the leader in philanthropy among the nation's colleges and universities.

"The past year has been one of extraordinary achievement for the university, and I am heartened and gratified by this tremendous show of support from our alumni and friends," said UC President Richard C. Atkinson. "It's clear that our donors hold the university in high regard and understand its importance to the state and its residents.

"The university has a tradition of improving our lives through its missions of teaching, research and public service. Private giving helps ensure that this tradition will continue. Through research in the laboratory, learning in the classroom and service in the community, UC faculty and students make productive use of the resources private generosity makes available to us," Atkinson added.

Based on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's 1997 Philanthropy 400, UC would be ranked third nationally, behind the Salvation Army and the American Red Cross.

Private support to the nine-campus UC has grown dramatically over the past decade, more than doubling from about $300 million in 1987-88. Cumulatively, the university has received $5.3 billion during that 10-year period.

Bruce B. Darling, vice president of University Affairs, noted that while private support is vitally important to UC, it represents less than 4 percent of the university's operating budget. He added that what it allows UC to accomplish is disproportionately greater than its fraction of the budget.

"This public-private partnership goes back to the very beginning of the institution and now more than ever helps UC to maintain the excellence for which it is known worldwide," he said. UC's fund-raising efforts, however, do not diminish the need for continued state and federal support, which is the core of the university's operating budget, Darling pointed out.

Of the $754.5 million contributed to the university in 199798, UC Berkeley received $174.2 million; UC Davis, $52.1 million; UC Irvine, $38.8 million; UCLA, $207 million; UC Riverside, $21.7 million; UC San Diego, $77.4 million; UC San Francisco, $125 million; UC Santa Barbara, $29.8 million, UC Santa Cruz, $17.9 million; and systemwide programs, $10.2 million.

UC Berkeley and UCLA, which led fund-raising among the nine campuses last year, are both involved in high-profile capital campaigns that are progressing well. Each campus is seeking to raise at least $1 billion through current campaigns.

Sources of 1997-98 gifts to the university included foundations, $250.3 mllion (a 36 increase from 1996-97); corporations, $181.1 million (a 37 percent increase); non-alumni individuals, $163.4 million (a 17 percent decrease); alumni, $104.7 million (a 31.7 percent decrease); campus organizations, $9.1 million (a 6 percent increase); and other source, including nonprofit organizations, religious groups and higher educational institutions or associations, $45.5 million (a 10 percent decrease).

By purpose, departmental support received from donors totaled $261.7 million (a 15 percent increase from the previous year), which included the creation of 52 new endowed chairs. Gifts for research totaled $224.8 million (a 0.8 percent increase), followed by campus improvements, $90.2mi llion (a 9.7 percent decrease); student support, $71.4 million (a 0.2 percent increase); instruction, $36 million (a 33 percent increase), unrestricted, $21.7 million (a 30.4 percent decrease); departmental support/agriculture, $10.5 million (a 163 percent increase) and other purposes, $38 million (a 12 percent decrease).

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