2008 - 2009 Annual Report

Chair's Message

Betsy Wood Knapp
As chair of The UCLA Foundation, I am delighted to welcome you to the 2008-09 edition of our annual report. The Foundation is governed by donor-volunteers like you, who work to promote philanthropy and to manage donated resources for the advancement of the university.

The stories in these pages illustrate how your philanthropy offers opportunity and resources that help some of our nation's top scholars to influence the real world. Thanks to your unflagging commitment, UCLA received $361 million in gifts and pledges in 2008-09. Such generosity has enabled The Foundation to maintain and protect assets, and together we made a direct and powerful impact on the university's priorities during this period.

With gifts supporting the Chancellor's Greatest Needs, The Foundation helped to fund many of UCLA's priority programs focusing on faculty/student support and civic engagement. Among these are undergraduate scholarships and graduate fellowships, as well as the Early Childhood and Education child-care program, a plan to expand on-campus faculty housing, the UCLA Volunteer Center, and a communications initiative to boost advocacy and philanthropic support.

In reviewing the past year, I am reminded how privileged I am to work among an energetic and visionary group of supporters friends, alumni, parents, corporate and foundation partners who understand that an investment in higher education at UCLA, no matter the size, is an investment in the future of our society. This passion helps attract the world-class faculty and exceptional students who will maintain the university's greatness far into the 21st century.

Thank you, on behalf of The UCLA Foundation, for all the ways you help make this such an amazing university.

Betsy Wood Knapp
Chair, The UCLA Foundation