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UC launches Project You Can

If there is one upbeat message to shine through the maze of budget-cut madness, it’s that UC is committed to keeping the doors to higher education open for all students.

President Yudof on Oct. 23, announced the launch of Project You Can, a systemwide effort to focus on fundraising at all 10 UC campuses. The goal? Raise $1 billion for student support over the next four years.That’s double the amount raised in the past five years.

Through Project You Can, all 10 UC campuses have committed to raising $1 billion in the aggregate. The UC Board of Regents will be asked to endorse the effort at its November meeting.

Likewise, Yudof will ask the Board of Regents in November to expand the university’s Blue and Gold Opportunity Plan to include California families with incomes below $70,000. The plan, approved by the Regents in February, currently covers all systemwide fees for resident undergraduates with financial need whose family incomes are $60,000 or below.

Project You Can launched a website explaining the program and linking visitors directly to each school’s donation website and fundraising news.

To succeed in this campaign, we need the help of many: Californians, alumni, students, faculty, staff and others.

UCOP employees are welcome to participate in this initiative, and any ideas you have about other ways we might raise funds and rally around the cause are most welcome. You can learn more about this effort, and even donate to a campus of your choosing  via the project website:

Again,  you’re encouraged to post a comment below sharing your thoughts on how UC can gain support for this ambitious initiative.

View Project You Can press release

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