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Fund-raising Campaign Successful

UCR Foundation Reached $50 Million Goal

Community and alumni gave gifts to mark the 50th anniversary of the campus

(June 2, 2005)

RIVERSIDE - The University of California, Riverside Foundation completed its first significant capital campaign early and exceeded the $50 million goal, university officials announced.

“The community and alumni stepped up to help us mark the special occasion of the 50th anniversary of the arrival our first UC class of students,” said Chancellor France A. Córdova.

The fundraising effort netted $50.9 million from 10,190 donors, nearly half of them first-time givers to the campus, according to Vice Chancellor for Advancement William G. Boldt. The campaign, dubbed Evolutions: The 50th Anniversary Campaign, originally was scheduled to end Dec. 30, but officially closed eight months early on April 30, he said.

The money will be used for scholarships, fellowships, programs, chairs and campus-wide initiatives.

One of those initiatives, UCR Palm Desert, benefited from the largest gift from an individual, $5 million from Richard J. Heckmann to help build the International Center for Entrepreneurial Management named for him. Other campus-wide initiatives benefiting from the campaign were the Culver Center of the Arts and the Engineering II building.

Not included in the campaign total are several pending gifts, including $1 million from the UCR Alumni Association to build an Alumni and Visitors Center.

With the shortage of state money for higher education, there is a continuing need to raise private money to support students, faculty and research, Boldt said, so the campus is in the early stages of looking at the feasibility of a much larger seven-year fundraising campaign.

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