Philanthropy Persists Despite Recession
BY THOMAS MITCHELL, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, & LAURA PESCATORE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Teaching and Research
The school announced the creation of three new endowed chairs – the Felix and Mildred Yip Endowed Professorship in Dentistry, the Thomas K. Barber Endowed Chair in Pediatric Dentistry, and the Dr. No-Hee Park Endowed Chair in Dentistry – bringing the total number of dental school chairs to seven. Endowed chairs, which provide a permanent source of financial support for academic and research activities of outstanding faculty members, are among the most prestigious honors on campus and serve as a powerful recruiting and retention tool for UCLA.
The Apollonian Society continues to attract broad support from alumni, faculty members and friends. Participation in the campaign rose 17% compared to last fiscal year with a total of 504 supporters who contributed more than $220,000. Gifts to the Apollonian Society are virtually the only means of funding such initiatives as the White Coat Ceremony, the patient care subsidy fund, The Explorer journal of student research and evening workshops. The Class of 1973 contributed the largest total sum to the Apollonian Society, closely followed by the Class of 1978, while the Classes of 1979 and 1984 tied for the highest number of participants.
Scholarships continue to be a critical component of student support and several members of the Board of Counselors made a tremendous impact in this area this year. Dr. Margaret Pan DDS ’68 – the newest alumni member of the Board – and her husband, Ron Quon, established the Quon Family Endowed Scholarship. Meanwhile, the Board itself increased its scholarship endowment from $160,000 to $250,000 which will allow the school to provide a greater award to third-year dental students.
Patient Care and Community Service
Thanks to a generous gift from the Schutz Engel Trust and a $25,000 commitment from an existing patient care endowment established by Robert Wilson, the men and women who reside at Upward Bound House, a transitional housing shelter for homeless families, now have access to dental care at the Wilson-Jennings-Bloomfield UCLA Venice Dental Center. This new partnership continues a tradition of providing the highest quality care to underserved populations in the West Los Angeles community and begins to address the challenge of funding adult oral health care in the wake of the elimination of adult Denti-Cal coverage.