UC Riverside Launches Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign

$300 million goal; public phase opens with $155 million in gifts secured

RIVERSIDE, Calif., (www.ucr.edu) — University of California, Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign. The University has already secured $155 million in gifts toward the effort, which will conclude in 2020.

The launch of “Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” is a historic moment for the campus, which has gained widespread recognition for the research, teaching, and public service of its faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends.

“All indicators of quality are rising at UC Riverside,” said Wilcox. “This is our moment to tell the compelling stories of impact and transformation that draw support for our students, faculty, and programs.

“The knowledge created here is vast: from air quality to public policy, from community-based medicine to regional economic development, the arts to engineering, plant genomics to biomaterials, and humanities to management. The campus is one of the leading research universities in the country and the world, and with the help of generous supporters, we are excited to begin the public phase of our fundraising campaign to continue to lead the nation into the future.”

The fundraising initiative is co-chaired by longtime UCR and community supporters Thomas T. Haider, M.D., president and CEO of the Haider Spine Center, and S. Sue Johnson, former UC Regent and board chair of the University of California system.

Campaign chairs Dr. Tom Haider and S. Sue Johnson help Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox celebrate the $300 million goal.

Campaign chairs Dr. Tom Haider and S. Sue Johnson help Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox celebrate the $300 million goal. Photo by Carlos Puma

“In UCR’s earliest days, we, as students, couldn’t have imagined the greatness our alma mater would someday achieve,” said Johnson. “To see our campus become one of the world’s leading research and teaching enterprises is truly breathtaking.”

Added Haider, “UC Riverside has long been an engine for our region’s economy, but has risen in prominence across the nation and around the world as our researchers have made groundbreaking discoveries and translated that knowledge into a better life for all.”

UCR Foundation Chair Darin Anderson, chairman and CEO of Salas O’Brien, said the campaign will enhance resources to strengthen support for student success, faculty research and creativity, and community engagement. “My UCR degrees have made possible my own career as a successful entrepreneur, and I see this playing out among my classmates and colleagues as the University’s global footprint expands.”

The campus will seek funding for student support, faculty research, and infrastructure. In addition to focused efforts within seven colleges and schools, the library system, and intercollegiate athletics, UCR will focus on six key themes that it’s designating, “Solutions That Change Lives”:

UCR research was on display at a VIP event Saturday, Oct. 15. Photos by Carlos Puma

UCR research was on display at a VIP event Saturday, Oct. 15.
Photos by Carlos Puma

Social Innovation and Empowerment — strengthening our social fabric through quality education, robust public policy, and community engagement. The strengths at UCR in this area include:

– New interdisciplinary approaches to air and water quality, energy, and sustainability research

– Exceptional volunteerism levels by UCR students

– Partnerships with K-12 schools, community colleges, state colleges

– A new School of Public Policy educating California’s future leaders

– Regional economic analysis from the School of Business

New Voices and Visions — expressing and celebrating our humanity through the visual and performing arts, and nurturing voices from across the rich tapestry of society. UCR has unique capabilities in providing:

– Award-winning faculty publications in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry

– Diverse views on modern society in theatre and film

– A world-class doctoral program in dance

– Emerging artists from one of the most diverse student bodies in American higher education

– Strong Native American studies research and the California Center for Native Nations

Health and Wellness — advances in the study of human health, reducing healthcare disparities, and prevention and wellness. UCR research and service includes:

– A community-based school of medicine that is addressing regional disparities in access to healthcare and medical education, including through the innovative Thomas T. Haider Program, which emphasizes excellence, access, and diversity in healthcare.

– A highly cited psychology department examining such subjects as the relationship between sleep and memory, children’s learning patterns, happiness, and others

– Groundbreaking research on mechanisms of aging

– Biomaterials and nanotechnology research on delivering therapies and medications

From Genomics to Harvest — the basic science, cultivation, and production of plants and food. UCR began existence as the UC Citrus Experiment Station. Today, researchers provide statewide and global impact:

A video at the VIP event put forth the goals of the fundraising campaign. Photos by Carlos Puma

A video at the VIP event put forth the goals of the fundraising campaign.
Photos by Carlos Puma

– Solving challenges for the nation’s citrus industry, including current work to combat citrus greening disease

– Advancing the avocado industry with new disease-resistant root stocks and new varieties of avocado

– Developing drought-resistant crops to provide a sustainable food supply

– Ongoing entomology research to support plant, animal, and human health, including an interdisciplinary team focused on plant pollination and the bees and birds that are essential to the process

Emerging Technologies — innovations that enrich how we experience and interact with our world. UCR is today implementing:

– Materials science and biomimetics research that can produce new materials inspired by plants and animals

– Nanotechnology and materials advances that support more efficient transmission of energy in a variety of devices

– STEM outreach on big data in support of NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab

– A business incubator and expanded technology commercialization of new discoveries

Renewable Nature — the environment, energy, and sustainable development for a healthier planet. For future generations, and the health of our world, UCR has particular strengths in:

– Developing new approaches to wastewater management and urban water use that could help California cope with drought

– Research on emissions and particulate matter in air quality

– Smart grid technology advances to integrate renewable energy sources and empower consumers to better understand consumption patterns

– Green energy research to produce biofuels and chemicals from plant waste material

“Living the Promise: The Campaign for UC Riverside” was introduced to the campus and supporters at a series of events in the past week. Future events will celebrate the initiative with alumni and friends at locations throughout California, the U.S. and elsewhere. For more information, please visit:  http://campaign.ucr.edu/

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Photos from the Living the Promise Campaign kickoff.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Campus Campaign Kick-off

    Thursday, Oct. 13: Campus campaign kick-off; noon at UCR’s bell tower. This includes food, t-shirts, music, and activities. Photos by Carlos Puma.
  • Ted Mitchell Symposium

    U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell discussed improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Ted Mitchell Symposium

    U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell discussed improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Ted Mitchell Symposium

    U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell discussed improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Ted Mitchell Symposium

    U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell discussed improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Ted Mitchell Symposium

    U.S. Under Secretary of Education Ted Mitchell discussed improving access to higher education, increasing affordability, enhancing quality, and accelerating college completion in a symposium on Friday, Oct. 14 at the University of California, Riverside.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.
  • Campaign Launch Evening Under the Stars

    Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Saturday, Oct. 15, announced the public phase of a $300 million comprehensive fundraising campaign.

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