Lynda and Stewart Resnick, co-owners of The Wonderful Company, have pledged the largest gift ever announced by individual donors to the University of California, Davis. The $50 million gift will establish the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Agricultural Innovation, with $10 million of that donation directed toward annual competitive research grants through the Resnick Agricultural Innovation Research Fund. The donation also supports UC Davis’ $2 billion fundraising campaign, “Expect Greater: From UC Davis, for the World,” the university’s largest philanthropic endeavor to date.
“Protecting and preserving our planet for the future means we must take bold steps and push the boundaries of what’s possible,” said Stewart Resnick, who is also a member of the UC Davis Chancellor’s Board of Advisors. “UC Davis is at the forefront of tackling climate change, developing groundbreaking technologies and solutions to reduce our collective carbon footprint, and creating a more sustainable agriculture system.”
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Design on the Resnick Center is expected to begin this year, with construction slated for completion by 2026. Once built, the new 40,000-square-foot, LEED-certified, state-of-the-art hub will house classrooms, research and lab spaces and student career and advising support.The Center will provide student advising and career support including for more than 60 Wonderful Scholars enrolled at UC Davis. The Wonderful Scholarship program was initially established to provide college scholarships to the children of Wonderful employees from the Central Valley. It has expanded over the last 28 years to also award college scholarships to Wonderful Education Career Pathways Program students, as well as graduates of the Wonderful College Prep Academy and neighboring schools.
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