Learn more about UCLA’s philanthropic priorities all over campus.
Anderson School of Management
Open to unique opportunities in Southern California and cross-disciplinary collaboration with the university’s schools of medicine, engineering, law, and public policy, UCLA Anderson continues to raise support for bright students across industries; outstanding faculty to help guide them; and work in important areas, such as technology and innovation at the intersections of media, finance, healthcare, and entrepreneurship.
Philanthropy helps the College prepare a diverse student body for success and supports transformative faculty research across five divisions: Humanities, Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, and Undergraduate Education. Priorities include endowed faculty chairs and graduate fellowships; merit- and need-based scholarships for undergraduates, incorporating research experience, service learning, internships, and study abroad; mentor programs that help students navigate the path to careers in science and medicine; and capital projects, such as psychology’s Pritzker Hall and physics and astronomy’s Remote Observing Space and Planetarium.
David Geffen School of Medicine / Health Sciences
Supported by philanthropy, the school and UCLA Health are redoubling efforts in key areas: expanding care throughout Southern California; providing wraparound care for the most vulnerable; investing in basic research, including precision health, genomics, and big data; developing new treatments, such as cancer immunotherapies and cellular and gene therapies; pursuing clinical innovations to make care safer and more effective; and training a diverse group of health professionals to provide compassionate, evidence-based care.
Fielding School of Public Health
Responding to current needs, the school is addressing racism as a public health issue and the COVID-19 pandemic by providing reliable expertise and information, cutting-edge research, and targeted community engagement. The school also will continue seeking support for talented students in financial need; faculty pursuing innovative projects or pivoting to urgent causes; and interdisciplinary initiatives in health equity, diversity in healthcare, and community outreach.
Herb Alpert School of Music
Scholarships, especially those that prioritize diversity, equity, and inclusion and support transfer students, are a high priority for the school as it welcomes superlative students regardless of their ability to fund their education. In addition, the school continues to seek support for its music industry program, alongside flexible funds to position it to take advantage of emerging opportunities and to respond to urgent needs.
Luskin School of Public Affairs
The school continues to raise support for undergraduate scholarships in its growing public affairs major and for graduate fellowships and summer internship awards for public policy, social welfare, and urban planning graduate students. With faculty, they work to make people’s lives better every day through evidence-based social policy and community building, including through institutes, centers, and programs that inform industry, government, and other partners.
Samueli School of Engineering
UCLA Samueli seeks philanthropic support to recruit and retain world-class faculty committed to engineer change that addresses the critical challenges of the 21st century. Funding also will help create and renovate much-needed research and development spaces; integrate and strengthen hands-on experiences for students; and promote equity, inclusion, and diversity, increasing access, resources, and affordability for students and faculty of underrepresented groups, including women and transfer students.
School of Dentistry
Priorities include preparing the next generation of oral health care providers and community leaders; increasing opportunities for research discoveries; and improving and expanding clinics, labs, and teaching facilities. Philanthropy also will support initiatives, including Innovative Digital Dentistry Systems, Special Patient Care, and Community-Based Clinical Education, to enhance students’ experience and improve oral health and overall well-being for patients, including the most vulnerable and underserved members of the community.
School of Education & Information Studies
Having added an undergraduate degree in Fall 2020, the school is raising support for new scholarships and continued graduate fellowships. Other priorities include endowed chairs to lead efforts to increase racial equity; community initiatives and work with K–12 partner schools to reach underserved youth; and expanded study of issues such as mind-brain education, information and democracy, global archives and access, and libraries as community resources.
School of Law
Student support is a top priority, whether emergency grants for COVID-19-related needs or scholarships and summer stipends that increase access and opportunity for aspiring attorneys and advocates facing financial need. The school also is raising funds to help promote diversity and inclusion, enhance clinical education, recruit and retain expert legal faculty, and upgrade library technology and virtual resources.
School of Nursing
The school continues to raise support for scholarships and fellowships for tomorrow’s nurses, reducing the burden of debt, and for endowed chairs and professorships to help recruit and retain diverse faculty. Philanthropy also will support clinical research, particularly in chronic illness, disability studies, and health equity; community partnerships to reduce health disparities; and infrastructure upgrades, such as lab renovations and remote learning technologies.
School of the Arts and Architecture
Committed to access, equity, and social justice, the school is seeking support to create a more equitable and inclusive future for the arts as they respond to today’s most pressing questions. Funding will provide access to scholarships, mentorship, learning tools, and infrastructure for students; help recruit diverse faculty and support their research; and develop innovative programming that serves a more diverse, engaged, and connected audience.
School of Theater, Film and Television
The school seeks to foster a diverse community of performers, filmmakers, storytellers, designers, collaborators, scholars, and entrepreneurs who will use entertainment and the performing arts as agents for change. To support this goal, fundraising efforts will focus on scholarships for talented students of all backgrounds, resources for faculty development, and programs and productions that advance the school’s mission.
Dedicated to providing student-athletes with an elite experience academically and athletically, the department is seeking support through the Wooden Athletic Fund, which will benefit scholarships, academic resources, nutrition and health services, and programming that helps participants develop as athletes, students, and people. The department’s priorities also include enhancing and creating state-of-the-art facilities and sustaining operations, recruiting, travel, and infrastructure.
California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA
The institute’s new philanthropic Innovation Fund will support early-stage basic science and translational research with commercialization potential to address 21st-century challenges in health care, energy, and other fields. Support will accelerate scientific and medical discovery, enhance workforce development and educational initiatives aligned with the needs of the industry, and stimulate California’s economy by contributing to small business and job creation.
Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research
The center continues to invest in advancing innovative, multidisciplinary research; training the next generation of scientific researchers; and translating basic science discoveries in the laboratory into treatments and cures in the clinic. Pioneering new life-saving treatments, the center provides students, post-doctoral fellows, and early-career clinician-scientists with the tools and knowledge necessary to usher in a revolution in biomedicine.
Geffen Academy at UCLA
Geffen Academy encourages students to be questioners, analysts, and presenters who are creative, collaborative, and active young adults. Its graduates believe that knowledge is beautiful, transformative, and relevant to one’s life and civic responsibility in a global community. To that end, the school seeks donations to unrestricted and endowed funds, which provide flexible and sustainable resources for students, staff, and programs.
Institute of American Cultures
Advocating for racial equity and social justice, UCLA’s ethnic studies research centers — the American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center — increase understanding of diverse social and cultural realities through research, publications, programs, and civic engagement. Philanthropy will support the action-oriented scholarship of students, faculty, and visiting fellows, along with center libraries and more.
The institute’s top priority is to enhance and innovate international research and education, raising funds to promote international studies and global and local engagement, including its centers’ faculty chairs and virtual events that extend UCLA’s reach worldwide. To enhance students’ academic experience, the institute also seeks support for new programs, study abroad, virtual exchange, fellowships, internships, and response to COVID-19 and other hardships.
Immediately, philanthropy will continue to help the Library support remote learning and research, from digitizing holdings to providing virtual services for students and faculty. Long-term, the Library will continue to build and increase access to world-renowned collections, especially those that give voice to Los Angeles’ diverse communities; invest in expert librarians and staff; and evolve physical spaces to meet campus needs.