UC Riverside has raised more than $298 million in the first comprehensive fundraising campaign in the school’s 66-year history.
“Living the Promise: the Campaign for UC Riverside” was announced in October 2016 and is scheduled to end Dec. 31, according to a statement on the university’s website.
The Coronavirus pandemic helped the campaign by bringing attention to two things it was designed to address: the Inland Empire’s need for better healthcare and more skilled jobs, said Peter Hayashida, UC Riverside’s vice chancellor for University Advancement.
“The pandemic amplified the regional healthcare disparities our School of Medicine was established to address,” Hayashida said in the statement. “With high prevalence of obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease in the Inland Empire, our population was hit hard by coronavirus.
Hayashida has been in charge of UCR’s fundraising for 11 years.
Most colleges and universities are falling short of their fundraising goals this year, but UC Riverside was up 21 percent for the fiscal year that ended June 30, according to the statement.