OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - The University of California, San Francisco has received the single largest gift in University of California history.
The East Bay Times reports that UCSF announced Wednesday that it has received a $500 million donation, one of the largest ever given to an American university. The money was pledged by the family foundation of the late Helen Diller, a San Francisco native and longtime champion of the university.
UCSF is dedicated to research and graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions. The donation will be directed toward supporting faculty, students and high-risk, high-reward research. It will increase UCSF's endowment by nearly 18 percent.
Jackie Safier, Diller's daughter and president of the Helen Diller Foundation board, says her mother believed UCSF could have an incredible impact on global health care.