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Giving Update May 2007: Volume 4, Number 2

Alumni Impact

Edited by Jade Griffin, ERC '03

Record Number of Alumni Invest in UC San Diego
For the 8,082 alumni who supported UC San Diego this year, their reasons for giving were many. Some gave because of professors they remembered. Others contributed in appreciation for the sacrifices that were made to attend college. But what united them all was the decision to make a gift to their alma mater at a time when every donation counts more than ever.

Thanks to the support of these alumni, the 2010-11 Alumni Participation Campaign turned out to be the most successful in UC San Diego's history. The campaign goal of encouraging 8,000 alumni to participate in giving to the University was not only met, but exceeded. Alumni showed that despite tough economic times they were more than willing to invest in UC San Diego and higher education.

"I believe the value of the education we received at UC San Diego is unbeatable," says Robert Koenigsberger, Muir '87, who has a longstanding history of giving to the University, including the establishment of the Gramercy Fellowship in Emerging Markets. "I look at my contribution as not merely a gift but rather an investment in UC San Diego and its programs."

Alumni gifts support many areas of campus including scholarships and fellowships for ambitious and motivated students as part of the $50 million Invent the Future student support campaign, seed money for new research and innovative programs, and faculty recruitment and retention efforts. Less than 10 percent of the University's budget currently comes from the state of California. With that percentage continuing to decrease, the funds raised by alumni are more critical than ever. They will ensure that UC San Diego remains an academic and research powerhouse among the nation's top public universities.

"I got so much out of my four years at UC San Diego," says recent graduate Kristin Luciani, Revelle '09. "Giving back is a way for me to say thank you, stay connected and support future students."

With ongoing support from the alumni who gave this year and the thousands more who have yet to give, the University will continue to remain great for generations to come.

To make your investment in UC San Diego, please visit www.giving.ucsd.edu.