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.

Rady School

Generous Gift Benefits Rady School of Management

Evelyn and Ernest Rady have committed $100 million to benefit the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego, which will help recruit and retain faculty and fund strategic priorities.

Robert & Allison Price Birch Gift

Funding Future Stewards of Our Land and Oceans

With a $6 million gift to Birch Aquarium, philanthropists Robert and Allison Price established the Price Philanthropies Ocean Science Education Fund, an education outreach program in ocean and earth science.

Pauline Foster

Gift from the Heart Helps Advance Cancer Care in San Diego

Community philanthropist Pauline Foster lost both her husband and brother to cancer. Her $7.5 million gift will help ensure that other cancer patients have the opportunity to receive the kind of care that may hopefully cure them.

Carol Vassiliadis

Changing Lives: Donor’s Transformative Gift

Carol Vassiliadis philanthropic efforts started at UC San Diego to honor her late husband’s legacy. She has continued her generous work with an $8.5 million gift to the Jacobs Medical Center, establishing a surgical hospital.

James Kaplan

Alumnus Makes $750,000 Bequest to Chancellor’s Associates

Alumnus James Kaplan has taken his commitment to Chancellor’s Associates one step further and made a $750,000 bequest, which will go towards supporting the campus’s greatest needs.