Strengthening families. Improving the environment. Enriching the arts. These are just a few of the ways Anthony (Tony) and Jeanne Pritzker are making Los Angeles an even more exceptional city. And they recently demonstrated, with a second generous gift during the Centennial Campaign, that they continue to trust UCLA to make that vision a reality.
Their giving through the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation grew their campaign contributions to nearly $60 million and built on a 2013 gift for foster youth, sustainability, and public arts.
A Variety of Causes
A portion of the new gift has established the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families and endowed a faculty chair at the Graduate School of Education & Information Studies. The interdisciplinary initiative will address the complex needs of foster youth and create better prevention systems for at-risk families — work that complements the Pritzkers’ support for Guardian Scholars Programs at UCLA and other colleges.
Additional funds are enabling researchers at UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science to develop technology for upcycling carbon dioxide into construction material. And speaking of construction, the arts will benefit, too, as the Hammer Museum at UCLA transforms its galleries for new audiences.
A Gift That Goes Beyond
It’s a remarkable partnership, especially considering that neither Pritzker attended UCLA. The way they see it, their reinvestment in the campus will generate community-wide returns.
“Our giving isn’t just helping UCLA,” says Tony Pritzker, who co-chairs the Campaign Executive Committee. “It’s supporting endeavors that improve lives here in Los Angeles and beyond.”
With less than two years left in the Centennial Campaign, the Pritzkers are setting the pace for progress in UCLA’s second century — for the good of all.
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Published March 2018