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Message from the Chair 

Steve Hart, MA '80
Chair, UC San Diego Foundation Board of Trustees

I am pleased and honored to begin my service as Chair of the UC San Diego Foundation, and am humbled to follow in the footsteps of the esteemed roster of former Board leaders. I am exceedingly grateful to be able to call such a distinguished academic institution my alma mater.

I am also inspired by the success of The Campaign for UC San Diego. We have already reached our aspirational $2 billion goal with three years remaining in the campaign. This is a remarkable feat, particularly since we are the youngest academic institution ever to raise $2 billion in a campaign. As we continue the momentum, we seek to strengthen our collaborative efforts with our community of supporters, alumni, students, faculty, and academic leadership now more than ever.

We who serve as Trustees of the UC San Diego Foundation will continue to join forces with the university in its vision to make a difference not only in our community, but also across the globe. We understand the critical role philanthropic support plays in bringing that vision to reality and advancing the mission of UC San Diego to be transformative within a diverse global population by educating, generating, and disseminating knowledge and creative work while also engaging in public service.

The UC San Diego Foundation is dedicated to raising and managing philanthropic support in the form of new gifts for its endowment and for expendable purposes. These funds enhance our ability to perform critical research and instruction, as well as to provide essential scholarship and fellowship support. To that end, UC San Diego had a record-breaking year during 2018-2019, raising more than $332 million, including gifts to the Foundation as well as gifts and private grants to the campus. As of June 30, 2019, the Foundation’s total assets surpassed $1 billion, including our endowment of $792 million.

UC San Diego is poised for unprecedented transformation and expansion, so it is truly a privilege to serve and work with my fellow colleagues on the Board, all of whom are respected community leaders and key stakeholders of this amazing academic institution.

Steve Hart, MA '80
UC San Diego Foundation




The Campaign for UC San Diego: Continue the nontradition

At the University of California San Diego, challenging convention is our most cherished tradition. The Campaign for UC San Diego is a university-wide comprehensive fundraising effort to transform the student experience, our campus, and ultimately the way humanity approaches problems and develops solutions. Learn more at campaign.ucsd.edu.