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Philanthropic highlights: Spring 2010

Photo: Margrit Biever Mondavi

Margrit Biever Mondavi
(Karin Higgins/UC Davis)

Many dedicated donors give vital philanthropic support to UC Davis annually. These gifts help move UC Davis upward among top public research universities and help our students succeed by providing scholarships and unique learning opportunities. We’re pleased to highlight a few of the most recent gifts:

Margrit Biever Mondavi pledged $2 million to help UC Davis plan and build a new art museum to house and display most of the university’s extensive fine arts collection. Margrit and her late husband, winemaker Robert Mondavi, have long supported the arts at UC Davis. Her recent commitment will help build a unique teaching and cultural resource for students and the public to view and study approximately 4,000 works from Asian prints, drawings and ceramics to European Renaissance pieces. Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi hailed Margrit as a “visionary leader who has been instrumental in shaping the university as one of the world’s finest.”

The Violet Stenson Estate gave nearly $1.3 million to create the Charles Arthur Stenson and Violet Elliott Stenson Scholarship Endowment to provide full financial support for an undergraduate or graduate student. Both Charles and Violet taught high school and shared an appreciation for higher education. “Philanthropic gifts to UC Davis, now more than ever, are paramount to providing access to qualified students,” said Mark Foncannon, assistant director of undergraduate scholarships.

Trinchero Family Estates, a family-owned wine company in the Napa Valley, gave $1 million to the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences to build new facilities for its Foundation Plant Services, a program that provides disease-free rootstock to California nurseries. This gift will help California grape growers maintain access to healthy planting stock, essential for a competitive and economically viable industry.

Over the past year, more than 16,000 alumni, parents, students and friends made gifts to the UC Davis Annual Fund, providing vital support to meet emerging campus priorities. UC Davis is deeply appreciative of these gifts, which help maintain the university’s excellence while preparing the next generation of leaders.

This article was originally published in UC Davis Magazine, Spring 2010.