Karen and Jeff Silberman

Karen and Jeff Silberman

As a child, Jeff Silberman recalls Roger Revelle, Chancellor Herbert York and other UC San Diego founders visiting with his parents, who were very involved in supporting the university’s initial growth. At the same point in time, Karen Silberman’s grandparents, Anne and Abe Ratner, were among the inaugural donors who launched UC San Diego’s Chancellor’s Associates. Her parents, Pauline and Stan Foster, were also dedicated donors of UC San Diego for more than three decades.

“My parents and my in-laws very early on saw the importance of UC San Diego for our community and the world at large,” said Jeff. “Karen and I are compelled to honor their legacy.”

The couple, whose family legacy of philanthropy has extended over fifty years, has made history by pledging $1 million toward Chancellor’s Associates- the largest gift ever made to the program. The Karen and Jeff Silberman Chancellor’s Associates Inspiration Challenge will provide a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $1 million, to help increase Chancellor’s Associates by 400 new donors this year. It not only doubles gifts from current donors who increase their contribution to the next giving level or make a multi-year commitment, it’s an opportunity to encourage new donors to become Chancellor’s Associates (with a gift of $2,500 or more) and promote donations from alumni, especially graduates of the last decade, or GOLD (with a gift of $1,250).

The investment will go towards expanding the Chancellor’s Associates Scholarship, which provides access for talented local low-income and first-generation college students to attend UC San Diego. Created in 2013 by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, the first class of scholars celebrated commencement this June. More than 500 students have benefitted from the program; the dream is to grow the number of scholars to 800.