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Message from the Chair of the UC San Diego Foundation

Carol Chang

Carol Chang, UC San Diego Foundation Board Chair

It is truly an honor to continue to serve as the chair of the UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees at a time when the university stands on the precipice of unprecedented expansion and transformation. As we proceed with our historic fundraising Campaign to raise $2 billion, we seek to strengthen our collaborative efforts with our community of supporters, alumni, students, faculty, and our academic leaders now more than ever.

UC San Diego is truly different. Our university has been shaped by distinguished scholars who are not afraid to take an unconventional approach in pursuit of the greater good. We who serve as Trustees of the UC San Diego Foundation are proud to partner with the university in its vision to make a difference in our community and across the globe. Further, we understand that philanthropic support is critical to realizing that vision, and to advancing the mission that UC San Diego will be transformative within a diverse global society by educating, generating, and disseminating knowledge and creative works, and by engaging in public service.

The UC San Diego Foundation raises and manages philanthropic support in the form of new gifts for its endowment and expendable purposes to benefit this expanding campus. The philanthropic support we receive is truly our lifeblood as it enhances our ability to perform critical research and instruction, as well as provide essential scholarship and fellowship support. UC San Diego had a phenomenal year during 2016-2017, raising more than $261 million, including gifts to the Foundation as well as gifts and private grants to the campus. As of June 30, 2017, the Foundation’s assets had increased to $925 million, including our endowment of $623 million.

There are great things on the horizon for UC San Diego, a university powered by nontraditional innovators who stimulate breakthroughs and propel new technologies in response to our nation and world’s most pressing issues. Thus, it is with enthusiasm and excitement that I embrace this opportunity to work collectively with key stakeholders of this outstanding academic institution.

Carol Chang
UC San Diego Foundation

The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at campaign.ucsd.edu.