Category: Giving

Opening doors for those in need

After a lifetime of service in the education field, alumnus Ernesto Ruiz pays it forward to help future students

By Tara Fatemi Walker (Porter '91, literature/creative writing), February 2022

Costumes get lead role

Alumni Jim Gunderson and Peter Coha, along with their friend Gregg Barnes, are ensuring that students in the newly formed Department of Performance, Play & Design have costumes that will enrich their experience and enhance their performances.

By Paula Hermann, February 2022

Giving Day 2021: Widening the circle of support

Giving Day, once a fledgling fundraiser, has grown into one of UC Santa Cruz's philanthropic highlights of the year. This year's event will be on November 3.

By Dan White, October 2021


Alumni Vince and Christina Cavazos Bennett, who met as students at UC Santa Cruz, have built a complementary marriage and meaningful careers—and now they're giving back to the campus program that helped set them on their paths to success

By J.D. Hillard (Porter '99, history), October 2021

Creating lasting good

Alumnus Jim Myers and husband Joe Levesque are using their life’s work to offer opportunities to worthy students, establishing four endowed funds for scholarships at UC Santa Cruz funded by their estate plan

By Peggy Townsend, March 2021

Giving back to Banana Slugs in need

The UC Santa Cruz Alumni Scholarship Fund is a proud tradition on campus, helping graduates reconnect with the campus while paying it forward

By Dan White, March 2021

UCSC expands COVID-19 testing during surge to support community needs

A gift from community members Bud and Rebecca Colligan is expanding testing capacity and helping fund a new, dedicated laboratory space to house the diagnostic lab in the Genomics Institute’s facilities at the Westside Research Park.

By Tim Stephens, March 2021

Raising a glass (and funds) for research

Michael David Winery—owned by the family of UC Santa Cruz virologist Rebecca DuBois—is helping fund the professor’s COVID-19 research with its “Going Viral” Merlot.

By Dan White, October 2020

Building opportunity

Campus benefactor Jack Baskin not only established the Baskin School of Engineering Fund, but also a charitable remainder trust benefitting the fund—helping more than 5,000 students (and counting) gain engineering degrees and compete effectively in the job market.

October 2020