Women & Philanthropy members are breaking new ground every day, shaping the future of the university and paving the way for other women who want to make a difference. Here are two examples:
Marion Wilson ’50 and her husband Bob ’53 are among UCLA’s most devoted family members. Marion helped build Women & Philanthropy by serving as its president from 2000 to 2002, during which time the group raised nearly $30 million for the university’s people and programs. She serves as an advocate for, and donor to, programs all across the campus, including the School of Dentistry, the UCLA Fund, Operation Mend, the School of Law, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, the UCLA Library, the Center on Aging, the Academic Advancement Program, Bruin athletics and the Fowler Museum. She is especially passionate about providing opportunities to students who otherwise could not afford a university education. Through the Wilson Scholarship endowments, up to 40 awards have been made each year since the late 1990s.
Maxine Rosenfeld established the UCLA Simulator Training Program in the Department of Anesthesiology. She blazed a path for others to follow as a donor to the David Geffen School of Medicine’s new Department of Human Genetics. Another significant gift established the Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld Endowed Chair in Computational Genetics, fueling this promising field of medical research. Additional areas of support include the UCLA Fund, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, the Center for Society and Genetics, the Department of Pediatrics, UCLA Live and the Center on Aging. Years earlier, Maxine and her husband established a scholarship fund that continues to assist UCLA undergraduates with serious financial needs and/or disabilities. “These students are so deserving when you consider where they’ve come from and what they want to do with their lives,” she says.