Why I Give
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there's more," Katz continues. "UCLA is the school that
our children are attending." Shoshannah, the Katzes' 26-year-old
daughter, received a B.A. in theater in 1996. Their other daughter,
Marlene, 21, is currently a senior majoring in theater, and Shoshannah
now is back on campus, attending the law school's four-year J.D./M.B.A.
Katz concludes, "UCLA has had a direct and positive impact
upon me and my family."
now Andrew and Denise Katz are making a positive impact of their
own, having contributed nearly $40,000 in 55 gifts spanning one
end of the campus to the other from the law school to engineering
to the School of Theater, Film and Television and, as avid Bruin
basketball fans, the Athletic Fund.
significance of their contributions became especially clear after
Shoshannah was admitted to UCLA, Katz says. "We recognized
that Shoshannah's going to UCLA was saving us a bundle compared
to a private school," Katz says. But when a fellow alum contacted
them to talk about the decline in state support for the school,
Katz says, "we felt it was incumbent upon us to go ahead and
start contributing to undergraduate education generally."
Katzes direct a large part of their donations to the UCLA Fund,
which provides unrestricted funds for Chancellor Albert Carnesale's
use in meeting the university's greatest needs.
are no strings attached," Katz says. "If the opportunity
comes along for the library to acquire a rare book, these funds
might be used for that. Or for community outreach. Or to enable
the university to have a visiting professor it wouldn't otherwise
be able to land."
also serves as vice chair of the Chancellor's Associates, those
UCLA Fund donors who contribute $2,500 or more each year. And he
has been a strong supporter of the Parents Fund, which focuses on
the parents of incoming students.
want parents to have a sense of belonging, independent of their
children," Katz says. The Parents Fund provides an opportunity
to get to know other parents while also connecting them with a UCLA
liaison to help them better negotiate what can sometimes be an overwhelming,
many ways," Katz says, "contributions like ours make the
difference between UCLA's being able to provide an education for
our students and being able to provide the best possible education."