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The UC Riverside Foundation is a nonprofit corporation through which philanthropic resources flow to the University of California, Riverside. Established in 1977, the foundation raises, records and manages gifts from individuals, corporations, organizations and foundations for the sole benefit of UCR in accordance with donors' wishes.

The growth of the foundation enables investment in the present and future of UCR's colleges, programs, research and students. Its success depends on the financial support of our dedicated and generous alumni, friends, parents and patrons who understand that the research and teaching taking place in UCR's classrooms and laboratories have the potential to change our world for the better.

The UCR Foundation Leadership

The foundation is also people — leaders who care about UCR and who advance its mission by serving on the board of trustees, by seeking and securing private support for all of its programs, and by representing UCR in the community.

The business affairs and property of the foundation are managed by, and all corporate powers of the foundation are vested in, its Board of Trustees.  Wally Bakare serves as chair of the organization. Through their individual generosity, our trustees have:

  • Named schools, colleges and programs.
  • Endowed academic chairs, created scholarships and fellowships.
  • Opened doors to increase support and collaboration between their industries and UCR.
Corporate and Foundation Connection Team

Ready to connect with America's Fastest Rising University? We bring corporations and foundations together with exceptional faculty, students, and visionary leaders. 

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Giving Contacts

Office of Development: (951) 827-5611
UCR Foundation: (951) 827-5247
Corporate & Foundation Relations: (951) 827-4592
Office of Gift Planning: (877) 249-0181 or via e-mail at
For Wire Transfers, please contact UCR Foundation Accounting staff.
Phone: (951)827-2640 or (951)827-5247 or via e-mail at

Gift Questions

For questions about making a gift, please contact Gift Administration staff:

  • Lisa Wilson, (951) 827-3486
  • Brendan Jones (951) 827-2744
  • Email:
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Mail a Check

If you would like to mail a check:

  • Please make your check payable to "UCR Foundation".
  • If not supporting the general fund, please indicate a fund you would like to support, such as a specific scholarship fund, in the memo line.
  • Please send to: UCR Foundation, PO Box 112, Riverside, CA 92502-0112.

UCR Philanthropy News

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UCR Foundation Board of Trustees welcomes new members
The UCR Foundation Board of Trustees welcomed Wally Bakare as its new chair and two new ex-officio voting members, Jeff Pack and Josefina Canchola, who began their terms July 1.
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Vera Machado Martinez and Esmeralda Orozco
Following Her Lead
Trailblazing educator Vera Machado Martinez started a scholarship to empower the next generation of educational leaders.
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Tranquil Calley
Building a Safety Net
A UCR alumna launched a fund to support LGBTQIA students in memory of her late son, Kalyn Smith-Tranquil’son.
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Gift to UCR clinic aims to assist local unhoused population
Funding from San Manuel Band of Mission Indians grants greater medical access to low-income residents
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Creating Digital Equity for UCR Students
UC Riverside students are able to borrow the technology they need for school thanks to the donor-supported Loan2Learn program.
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Linking Generations of Highlanders
UC Riverside’s first students created a scholarship fund to benefit generations of Highlanders.
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Ernst and Helen Leibacher - This photo is Courtesy of John Leibacher
Empowering Scientific Advancements
Ernst and Helen Leibacher's donation of land to UCR fund the establishment of an endowed chair in botany and plant sciences.
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Lynn Gref - This image is Courtesy of the UCR Alumni Association
Encouraging Technological Innovations
An alumnus and his family establish a fund that supports professors, scholarships, fellowships, research, equipment, and other STEM-related initiatives at UCR.
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Designing and Building the Future of Industry
Designing and Building the Future of Industry
Donor support means everything to us, especially since without donors, we wouldn't be able to put on these events and really showcase what it means to be a woman in engineering.
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Joi Spencer, Dean of UCR’s School of Education, conducts a Q & A with Kevin Merida, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times, during the 54th Annual Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture
Going Behind the Headlines
The donor-supported Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture Series brings leaders in print, broadcast, and digital media to campus each year.
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Retirees Experience Mental and Social Benefits Through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Riverside
Retirees Experience Mental and Social Benefits Through Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UC Riverside. Donor-supported adult learning program provides local retirees opportunities to build knowledge and develop community.
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Recognizing Athletic and Academic Excellence
Alyssa Carranza, who earned her B.S. in biology this spring and was a member of the women’s soccer team, received the Harper Award in 2020-21, the same year she was named a member of the Big West Academic All-Conference team.
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Honoring a Boundary-Breaking Scholar
Jean-Pierre Barricelli was a towering figure at UCR. He helped establish the Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy and the Eaton Conference in Science Fiction.
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Equipping the Next Generation of Researchers
Endowed fund established by Nora A. Hackett supports students with lab and makerspace equipment in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering.
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Making Connections and Sharing Histories
Distinguished Professor Clifford Trafzer reflects on 15 years as the Rupert Costo Chair in American Indian Affairs, the world’s first American Indian chair endowment.
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Investing in What Matters
Longtime support from philanthropists Mark and Pamela Rubin make a difference in our community and on campus at UCR, changing lives for the better.
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