The Pritzker Group, founded by Los Angeles philanthropists Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker have donated $20 million to UCLA to help the city of Los Angeles and cities around the world face the challenges we have today, reported by UCLA Newsroom yesterday.
UCLA's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability (IoES), an institute focuses on some critical environmental and sustainability challenges such as air and water quality, energy, urban sustainability and environmental economics, will receive $15 million from the total of $20 million. The institute will create up to five faculty chairs and "allow the IoES to continue its groundbreaking research on maximizing cities energy and water efficiency, protecting urban biodiversity, and improving quality of life," according to the article.
"Every child deserves to have a caring adult in their lives, and while most kids in college have parents to fill that role, there are thousands who don't have that support," said Jeanne Pritzker in an article written by Alison Hewitt, "These students have already overcome so many challenges to get in UCLA. With this permanent endowment, we want to make sure that unexpected expenses don't derail their efforts to graduate."
UCLA's Hammer Museum, an UCLA's art center aiming to be recognized that artists can play a significant role in every aspects of the human experience, will receive $2 million from the generous donation.
The donation will help the museum open free programs to families and expand its offerings to a greater number of the Los Angeles residents, even junior high and high school students.
"This gift is a tremendously thoughtful investment in building and nurturing the next generation of arts audiences, advocates and creative minds, which are essential to our community," said Hammer director Ann Philbin in another article written by UCLA News Room, "We are so grateful for the many generosities of the Pritzkers and how their visionary philanthropy will impact children and their families throughout Southern California."
According to Forbes, Anthony Pritzker is an heir to the Hyatt Hotel fortune and the 166th of the 400 richest people in America. He chairs the Board of Advisors of the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. He and his wife Jeanne have been investing in many institutions for more than a decade and will continue to help strengthening our city and our country.