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Welcome to Foundation

About UC Merced Foundation

The UC Merced Foundation was established as a public nonprofit corporation in 2000 to raise and administer private philanthropic support to assist in the promotion and financial support of the teaching, research, and public service activities of the University of California, Merced.

The Foundation Board of Trustees is comprised of business and community leaders from across the state and nation. Trustees work closely with the Chancellor and campus administration to identify key priorities and opportunities for engagement in order to support the university’s efforts.

Trustees serve a three-year appointment and meet three times a year for regular sessions. Six standing work groups and committees - Advocacy and Awareness, Audit, Connections & Engagement, Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Executive, and Nominations - carry out the work of the Foundation.



Before there was even a building to meet in, trustees have been making an incredible impact on our campus. As a group and as individuals, significant philanthropic support has been provided to a variety of programs and initiatives as a result of their efforts. In recent years, the Board has collectively contributed to a Presidential Academic Endowed Chair, a UC Merced Maker’s Lab, and to the Merced Vernal Pools & Grassland Reserve, to name a few.

The 2021 Trustees' Impact Fund is designated to support student success initiatives. Watch the video linked below to hear from students who participated in a program that benefited from this fund, the San Joaquin Valley Food and Agriculture Cyberinformatics Tools and Science (FACTS) summer bridge program.


Learn more about the impact of the board's giving, as well as that of others, here.