A hundred million dollars is a stellar gift with which to start a campaign. UCLA Anderson School of Management is doing just that. At the school’s May 13 Centennial Campaign launch events, longtime donor Marion Anderson outdid herself by announcing the largest gift in the school’s history to take the business school Into the Next, which is what the school is calling its fundraising campaign. The school’s second largest gift also came from Anderson and her late husband, John, for whom the school is named.
“Our school’s renown owes a great deal to the Andersons, whose generosity has made so much of the innovative education and research we engage in possible,” says UCLA Anderson Dean Judy Olian. “We will honor this gift by continuing that great work.”
John E. Anderson ’40, who attended UCLA with scholarship support and then earned an MBA from Harvard and a law degree from Loyola University, went on to become a visionary and successful entrepreneur and philanthropist. He was president of Topa Equities Ltd. until his death at 93.
Marion Anderson, a tireless philanthropist, volunteer, and advocate — especially for children — is chair of Topa Equities. “John never forgot the scholarship support and amazing education he got at UCLA,” she says. “This gift honors him by furthering the school’s important mission.”
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Published June 2015