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Why UCLA?
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The Katzes are also longtime donors to UCLA, having begun to give to the law school shortly after Katz received his degree. They raised their contributions to a higher level when Shoshannah came to campus.

“I realized her attendance at UCLA was saving us a bundle compared to sending her to a private school,” says Katz. “The typical cost of a year at a top-ranked private university is easily $25,000 to $30,000 per year, including housing, while at UCLA it is no more than half that amount.”

The Katzes began to contribute to the Department of Theater, Film and Television and the UCLA Fund, which provides unrestricted funds for the chancellor to apply in areas of the university’s most significant need. “This enables the chancellor to better serve the university’s mission to provide our students with the best possible education,” Katz notes.

Katz is also active in soliciting additional funding. He serves as a member of the Board of Governors of the UCLA Foundation and as one of three vice chairs of the UCLA Fund, and is very involved with the Parents Fund.

UCLA’s growing financial constraints, Katz says, have amplified his efforts. “I am working actively to find better ways to make known the needs of UCLA and the benefits to alumni, parents and friends of UCLA who participate.

“I consider UCLA to be in line with any private college or university, including the Ivy League schools,” he says. “When quality, cost, location, diversity of student body and athletic success are factored in, few schools can match all that UCLA has to offer.”

— J.L.E.

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