RECENT GIFTS: Agricultural workers, roses, pets benefit from philanthropic gifts

UC Davis received almost $9.5 million in donations from individuals, corporations and foundations from March through May. These charitable contributions support faculty research, academic programs, classroom instruction, facilities improvements and student financial aid. Contributions made in this period include:

  • A gift of real estate from rose breeder Ralph Moore, who almost single-handedly created the market for miniature roses. He plans to leave UC Davis his Visalia, Calif., nursery to benefit the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences in the area of rose breeding.
  • A $50,000 gift from Maxine Adler, who has supported the Center for Companion Animal Health for nearly a decade. Her gift, known as the DuBee Cancer Research Award, is named after a beloved feline companion.
  • A $350,000 gift from the Mabie Foundation to create the Mabie Foundation Scholarship in the UC Davis School of Law. Thanks to his close ties to the law school, alumnus Yeoryios Apallis helped the foundation establish this scholarship.
  • $6.3 million from the Theodora Peigh Estate for the School of Veterinary Medicine. Theodora Peigh was a dedicated Reno, Nev., animal lover whose veterinarian, Jack Walter, is an alumnus of the School of Veterinary Medicine. Walter encouraged Peigh to make plans for UC Davis to provide for the long-term care of her animals as well as to provide scholarships for veterinary students.
  • $551,000 from The California Endowment for Marc Schenker's research on the health of Mexican farm workers and their families. Schenker is a leading authority on occupational and environmental diseases and respiratory illness at the UC Davis School of Medicine.
  • $200,000 from the California Wellness Foundation to the five student-run clinics that provide free health care to medically underserved populations. The clinics, staffed by UC Davis School of Medicine students, will use the new funds to hire an inter-clinic coordinator and develop a database to improve operations. The California Wellness Foundation mission is to improve the health of Californians by making gifts to promote health, wellness education and disease prevention.
  • A $900,000 gift from the Rockefeller Foundation to PIPRA (Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture), an association housed at UC Davis whose purpose is to make agricultural technologies more easily available for humanitarian purposes: developing and distributing subsistence crops in the developing world and specialty crops in the developed world.

— By Amanda Price

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