The University of California, Los Angeles has announced gifts totaling $20 million from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation for environmental and sustainability research, arts programs, and to establish an endowment for students who are or were in foster care.
The foundation awarded $15 million to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to establish up to five faculty chairs, including $5 million to endow a Pritzker Distinguished Chair in Environment and Sustainability; $2 million to endow four chairs in sustainability; $5 million in support of the California Center for Urban Sustainability, which will seek solutions that maximize energy and water efficiency, protect urban biodiversity, and enhance quality of life; and $3 million to endow a $100,000 Pritzker Sustainability Prize and to launch an annual symposium.
The remaining $3 million will be used to create an endowment that supports tutoring, mental health services, summer housing, and unforeseen school expenses for UCLA students who are or were in foster care. The foundation already provides basic supplies to incoming foster youth at UCLA each year, including sheets, a blanket, a laundry kit, toiletries, school supplies, a USB drive, and other college essentials.
"This wide-ranging gift is a powerful expression of how visionary philanthropy can impact diverse areas of our society," said UCLA chancellor Gene Block. "The Pritzkers are taking aim at significant societal problems, and UCLA and Los Angeles will benefit enormously from their leadership. We are honored by their generosity and inspired by their trust in UCLA to develop solutions to pressing challenges facing our city, our country, and the world."