UCSF Gets $500M Gift Driven By Desire To Make An Impact On Global Health Care
The donation comes from the family foundation of the late Helen Diller, a a San Francisco native. “My mother believed in science — and she believed in health care,” said her daughter, Jackie Safier, 52, president of the Helen Diller Foundation board.
$500 Million Game-Changer: UCSF Given Historic Gift
UC San Francisco announced Wednesday that it has received a stunning $500 million donation — the single largest gift in University of California history and one of the most generous gifts ever given to an American university. The gift, which comes at a time of dwindling financial support from the state, was pledged by the family foundation of the late Helen Diller, a San Francisco native and longtime champion of UCSF whose husband, Sanford, founded the Prometheus Real Estate Group, a San Mateo-based commercial real estate firm. (Krieger, 1/11)
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‘Transformative’ Donation To UCSF: $500 Million
The Helen Diller Foundation is pledging $500 million to UCSF — the biggest gift in campus history and among the largest to any public university in the United States — to recruit faculty and students and fund “high-risk, high-reward” research. The gift, to be announced Thursday, comes on top of a series of hefty donations to the school over the past decade, including a previous $35 million contribution to support cancer research from Diller, a philanthropist who died in 2015 at her home in Woodside, and two $100 million gifts from Salesforce founder Marc Benioff and his wife, Lynne Benioff, for the UCSF children’s hospital. (Allday, 1/11)