Generous Gift Brings Center Endowment to $10 Million

Generous Gift Brings Center Endowment to $10 Million

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Thu, 02/17/2011 - 2:19am
Benefactors Renee and Meyer Luskin. Photo courtesy of the School of Public Affairs.

UCLA alumni Meyer and Renee Luskin generously established the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation three years ago with the vision of leveraging UCLA’s intellectual talent to more effectively benefit Los Angeles and California. Since then, the Luskin Center for Innovation has worked hard to achieve this vision. Recently the Luskins have decided to make a remarkably generous donation of $100 million to UCLA, to be shared among the School of Public Affairs and the planned Residential Conference Center. As part of their gift to the School of Public Affairs, the Luskin Center for Innovation will receive additional funding to bring its endowment up to $10 million.

"I want the Center to make a significant impact on the lives of the people around us; the Center is already achieving this and is headed exactly where it should be headed. I am very excited about the future of the Center," explains Meyer Luskin.

“Our goal has been to create a dynamic and focused research program that changes the lives of Californians” states J.R. DeShazo, director of the Luskin Center for Innovation. “The Luskin’s extraordinarly generous gift should challenge us all at UCLA to make our research as meaningful to our community as it can be.” 

Meyer Luskin is president, CEO and chairman of Scope Industries, which recycles bakery waste to make an animal-feed ingredient. He said a $30 scholarship allowed him to continue his UCLA studies. “UCLA is among the greatest universities in the world, and it gave me my start,” he said. “It’s essential that I give back so that others can enjoy the same benefits.”

Sign the School of Public Affairs’ guestbook to commemorate this historic event by going to http://publicaffairs.ucla.edu/.

 

Read the Center’s full profile of Meyer Luskin by visiting our Web site at www.luskin.ucla.edu.

UCLA alumni Meyer and Renee Luskin generously established the UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation three years ago with the vision of leveraging UCLA’s intellectual talent to more effectively benefit Los Angeles and California. Since then, the Luskin Center for Innovation has worked hard to achieve this vision. Recently the Luskins have decided to make a remarkably generous donation of $100 million to UCLA, to be shared among the School of Public Affairs and the planned Residential Conference Center.

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Benefactors Renee and Meyer Luskin. Photo courtesy of the School of Public Affairs.