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Geffen gives UCLA $200 mil

D'Works partner looks to give back, inspire others

HOLLYWOOD — Signifying the largest donation ever received by a school of medicine Stateside, David Geffen has given $200 million to the UCLA School of Medicine, which has been renamed the David Geffen School of Medicine.

“The purpose of this donation is really twofold,” said the DreamWorks partner and co-founder. “One is to support one of the most innovative medical schools in the world, and the other is to inspire others to do the same.

“I believe each of us has a responsibility to give back in some way. Los Angeles is my home, and I want to do my part in contributing to its future. I have great respect and affection for UCLA, and my hope is that with this gift, UCLA’s doctors and researchers will be better equipped to unravel medicine’s mysteries — and deliver the cures for tomorrow.”

Medical marvel

Geffen’s donation is a huge gain for the medical school, which receives only 13% of its funding from the state of California — it relies on backing from research grants, patient care revenue and philanthropic donations.

“Through this landmark contribution, Mr. Geffen’s generosity will have a transforming impact on the UCLA School of Medicine,” said Dr. Gerald S. Levey, provost for medical sciences and dean of the med school. “It’s gratifying to know that he shares our vision for its future. This gift will help to sustain the (school’s) mission to remain at the forefront of medical education, research and patient care.”

A seasoned philanthropist, Geffen regularly supports several charitable orgs and causes, including AIDS Project Los Angeles and Gay Men’s Health Crisis. In addition, through his nonprofit David Geffen Foundation, money is regularly given to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, the Jewish Federation Council and Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation.