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Capital Campaign May 2004: Volume 1, Number 2

Parent Gift Continues a Tradition
of Philanthropy for Alumna


By the end of Fiscal Year 2005-06, nearly 12,000 parents had contributed more than $17 million through individual gifts, trusts and family foundations to The Campaign for UCSD: Imagine What’s Next since the $1 billion fundraising effort was launched in July 2000.

But what compels parents to give to their student’s university, even after all the years of paying educational costs? Heather Ignatius, ’02, said that for her parents—who recently gave $25,000 to UCSD—education is of key importance. “Because a university education is
absolutely critical for my generation, they felt it was important to give back to the schools where my sister and I attended,” she noted.

Barb and Howard Ignatius have instilled a tradition of philanthropy in their daughters, leading by example. But they have also taken that tradition one step further by allowing their children to make the final determination on where to give the money.

For Heather, a Political Science major, the decision was easy: Eleanor Roosevelt College (ERC). “Breaking UCSD into six colleges helps to establish community,” she said. “These college communities really round out the student experience at a university. I got involved at ERC, and found it not only personally gratifying, but it also provided me skills I can use in life.”

Heather designated the gift as unrestricted funds, allowing the provost to use it for the greatest need. She explained, “I work at a nonprofit, and realize how rare and valuable unrestricted funding can be.” Heather hopes that the gift will be used for programs that will give students not only an opportunity to bond, but also to develop their skills as global citizens in keeping with ERC’s mission.

Please consider partnering with your parents to support your alma mater. For more information, contact Student Affairs Development at 858-822-1537.



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"Barb and Howard Ignatius have instilled a tradition of philanthropy in their daughters, leading by example."