A Message from the Chancellor and the Chair
In 2012-13, UCLA set a new fundraising record. Friends, alumni, faculty, staff and students contributed more than $512 million in support of the university's mission of teaching, research and service. This total included $130 million in student support, $217 million in research funding, $93 million in discretionary support and $33 million in faculty support.
How does an achievement of this magnitude improve a university already renowned for unimagined diversity, unmatched breadth and excellence, and worldwide impact? It propels new creativity and discoveries that create jobs and revitalize our economy. It accelerates our progress in solving the grand challenges of our time, from developing renewable energy alternatives to understanding the human brain. It brings UCLA a significant step closer to achieving a new financial model based on increased self-reliance.
Our burgeoning culture of philanthropy is empowering students and faculty all across campus. We see it in the future physician who, saved from crushing loan debt by a full scholarship, is free to study the medical specialty of her choosing. We observe it in the team of scientists and physicians working hand in hand with the U.S. military to address the unique and complex issues of combat medicine. We see it in the emergence of a new, cross-disciplinary field of study dedicated to contemporary issues facing megacities such as Los Angeles, Mexico City and Tokyo. At UCLA, gifts of every size unlock limitless potential.
Even greater accomplishments lie ahead—tougher problems solved, better technologies developed, more lives enriched. The university prepares to embark upon The Centennial Campaign for UCLA stronger than ever, thanks to the generosity and imagination of donors like you. You allow us to be optimists in the truest sense. Together, we'll continue to redefine what's possible.
Gene D. Block
Steven L. Klosterman '74
Chair, The UCLA Foundation