UCSF receives $100 million gift from largest contributor to UC system

A $100 million gift from Charles F. “Chuck” Feeney to UC San Francisco has made the philanthropist the single largest contributor to the UC system.

The donation brings Feeney's total contributions to UCSF to more than $394 million. That money is most visible at the Mission Bay campus that this month opened three new hospitals for children, women and cancer patients.

Despite his notoriety as an entrepreneur and philanthropist, Feeney often remains out of the public eye. However, his steadfast support for UCSF's Mission Bay concept has helped shape a vision for the campus for more than a decade, university officials said.

“I can't imagine a more effective way to distribute my undeserved wealth,” Feeney said in a statement.

Prior to the latest gift, Feeney's most recent donation to Mission Bay was to UCSF Global Health Sciences, which allowed Mission Hall to open in October. The building houses global health researchers, scientists and students under the same roof for the first time.

Feeney has also supported the building of the Smith Cardiovascular Research Building and the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building.

“His generosity will carry on forever at our university, in the San Francisco community, throughout the Bay Area and globally,” UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood said in a statement of Feeney.

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