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Alumni couple Kamaljeet Singh-Khaira and Dr. Ravinder Khaira have given $1 million to CBS. In recognition of their gift, the Sciences Lecture Hall will be renamed the Ravinder and Kamaljeet Khaira Lecture Hall. They are pictured here inside the Sciences Lecture Hall with Dean Mark Winey. (Karin Higgins / UC Davis)

CBS Sees Record Dollars Raised in 2022-23 Year

Giving across campus remains strong with $253M in support

Donors to the University of California, Davis, gave robust support to the university during the last fiscal year, exceeding its annual fundraising goal by more than $27 million. Data announced August 8 show the university raised $253 million in FY22-23 in 56,071 gifts and pledges from 31,078 donors.

The College of Biological Sciences saw its largest and most successful year of giving yet, with a total of $18.4 million from 1,014 gifts. “I am humbled by the support donors to the college have provided over the last year,” said Mark Winey, dean of the College of Biological Sciences. “Each gift is a testament to our excellence today, and a vote of confidence for where we can go. Truly, aggies support aggies.”

Notable CBS gifts

  • Alzheimer’s research: Life sciences industry expert and alumnus Deborah Neff ’76 is giving $8 million to the College of Biological Sciences for two endowments, one for an endowed dean’s chair in biological sciences, and the other for the Center for Neuroscience for research into Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. The gift is the largest by an individual in the college’s history.
  • Unrestricted support for college highest priorities: Alumni couple Kamaljeet Singh-Khaira and Dr. Ravinder Khaira gave $1 million to support the college’s top priorities. In recognition of their gift, the Sciences Lecture Hall will be renamed the Ravinder and Kamaljeet Khaira Lecture Hall at a ceremony later this fall. It will be the first building on the Davis campus named for an alumni couple and to carry an Indian surname. For event information, please contact Shari Kawelo (
  • Center for Neuroscience support: Robert D. and A. Kathleen Grey made a deferred gift of $1 million to support the Center for Neuroscience, which Robert played a lead role in founding during his time as the first CBS Dean, and later, as UC Davis Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. In honor of Grey’s leadership and service, the main building of the Center for Neuroscience will be named Robert D. Grey Hall at a ceremony this fall. For event information, please contact Shari Kawelo (

Strong numbers campuswide

“UC Davis donors surpass our expectations every year, but this year was especially meaningful,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “We recognize that the rising cost of living is a challenge for many, yet our community continued to prioritize philanthropy to UC Davis. We are deeply grateful for their partnership to impact the world around us.”

All gifts support UC Davis’ comprehensive fundraising campaign, Expect Greater: From UC Davis, For the World, the largest philanthropic endeavor in university history. Together, donors and UC Davis are advancing work to prepare future leaders, sustain healthier communities, and bring innovative solutions to today’s most urgent challenges.

Other top fundraisers on campus included the School of Veterinary Medicine, $58.4 million, and UC Davis Health, $52.3 million. In addition, donors gave at record levels to several areas, resulting in highest-ever funding totals Undergraduate Student Aid, $3.5 million, and the UC Davis Annual Fund (unrestricted support the chancellor directs to research, teaching and urgent needs), $2.2 million.

Noteworthy gifts across campus

Grand openings

The university also celebrated several new building openings, all made possible by funding from donors across multiple years of the Expect Greater campaign, including gifts in FY22-23.

“Donors are quite literally transforming our university with their generosity,” said Shaun B. Keister, vice chancellor for Development and Alumni Relations and president of the UC Davis Foundation. “Thanks to their support, we are able to build state-of-the art facilities that benefit the work and lives of our entire community — students, faculty, patients and more.”

Among the most notable, UC Davis Athletics dedicated the Edwards Family Athletics Center on Sept. 24, with more than 300 people celebrating the new hub for Aggie student athletes: for strength and conditioning, sports medicine, team meetings and academic support.

On Dec. 5, UC Davis Health welcomed the first patients to its state-of-the-art Ernest E. Tschannen Eye Institute Building. The innovative facility is dedicated to advancing world-class eye care and offering hope for sight restoration through advanced technology, pioneering research and leading eye care clinicians.

And the College of Engineering had a ribbon-cutting for the Diane Bryant Engineering Student Design Center May 5. The space features a 23,000-square-foot design center, instruction and meeting rooms, and specialized tools and spaces for prototyping and manufacturing.

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