History Department Receives Transformative $10-Million Gift
The UCLA History Department has received a $10-million gift—the largest in its history—from the UK-based Arcadia Fund.
The majority of the gift will be used for an endowment fund to attract and support top graduate students, one of the department's most urgent priorities. In addition, a portion of the gift will enable implementation of a wide range of initiatives including lectures, seminars, conferences, alumni engagement, and public history outreach. The gift will also support faculty and graduate student research.
This extraordinary gift will provide the Department with essential resources to fortify its core missions of teaching and research. It will also provide a significant boost to ongoing efforts to infuse historical knowledge into the broader community. The magnitude of the gift is a testament to the excellence of the entire Department and to the importance of history as a key to understanding both the past and the present.
We are deeply grateful to the Arcadia Fund for its inspired generosity and vision. To be sure, we still face challenges in our quest for a stable foundation in these budgetary times. But the Arcadia gift provides us with tremendous momentum to continue along the path to a fully endowed Department.