Special Initiatives

Private gifts make a tremendous impact on all facets of the university. Private support is vital to advancing UC Merced’s educational mission of teaching, conducting research and serving the people of the San Joaquin Valley, California, the nation and the world.


Chancellor’s Associates
Chancellor’s Associates are a group of community leaders who take pride in the fact that the University of California is considered worldwide to be the premiere public research university. Chancellor’s Associates give annually to help provide student assistance, support research, recruit top-notch faculty and strengthen community partnerships.

Chancellor’s Pioneers
Chancellor’s Pioneers are recent graduates who continue to support the campus annually and stay involved with UC Merced.

University Friends Circle
University Friends Circle is comprised of dynamic individuals from our local communities, together with UC Merced faculty, staff and partners dedicated to inspiring and maintaining strong relationships between the UC Merced community and the communities of the San Joaquin Valley. Your thoughtful gift will provide critical support and recognition to UC Merced students and their service organizations, especially those that have demonstrated significant involvement in their local communities through volunteer efforts and strong civic engagement. Our students’ energy and skill continue to support many San Joaquin Valley organizations, filling a critical need in our local communities.

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