Donor Profiles

There are many reasons donors choose to give UC San Diego. Some are alumni who choose to give back to their alma mater. Some are parents who want to enhance their child’s education. Others are friends of the university who believe in the power of philanthropy and recognize that their gifts can drive discovery and innovation. Whatever their reasons for giving, UC San Diego is grateful for their gifts.

We invite you to learn what motivates some of our generous donors.

Ken Kroner

Alumnus Makes Big Impact on Social Sciences

As a graduate student, Ken Kroner learned more than just economics. Now, the global finance innovator and his wife have expressed their gratitude for the training he received by making a $1 million gift.



Wendy Kwok

Biology Alumna Creates Research Scholarship

With a gift of $265,000, alumna Wendy Kwok will provide research scholarships for outstanding biology undergraduates such as Brittany Jellison. Kwok designated a portion of her gift as a match to challenge fellow alumni.



Leon Roach III

Parents and Volunteers Support Triton Athletes

Thanks to the generosity of Triton parents Léon and MaryAnn Roach and tireless efforts of 180 volunteers, former student-athlete Léon T. Roach III will be memorialized in perpetuity with a scholarship and stunning new terraces for spectators.



Steve and Lisa Altman

Generous Gift Sparks New Medical Institute

Local philanthropists Steve and Lisa Altman have pledged $10 million to the planned Clinical and Translational Research Institute, which will provide personalized medical care using the most advanced technologies.



Alice Marquis

Alumna Alice Marquis Leaves $1.1 Million to Libraries

A gift from accomplished writer, historian and alumna, Alice Marquis, which represents the largest bequest ever to the Libraries, will help support history collections and establish a new 24/5 study area in Geisel Library.