Investing in the future of agricultural research with $50MM pledge to UC Davis

Historic gift funds new center for agricultural innovation and research grants

In October 2022, Lynda and Stewart Resnick joined the University of California, Davis (UC Davis) Chancellor Gary May and the Aggies community to announce a $50 million pledge to the campus provided by their foundation. The gift establishes the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Agricultural Innovation and annual research grants through the Resnick Agricultural Innovation Research Fund.

Design on the Resnick Center began in 2022, and construction is slated for completion by 2026. Once built, the new 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art, LEED-certified hub will house classrooms, research and lab spaces, and student career and advising services, including a dedicated space for Wonderful Scholars enrolled at UC Davis.

The Wonderful Company and UC Davis have been partners for more than 40 years. In fact, as of 2023, Wonderful has hired more than 50 UC Davis alumni to the company and has more than 60 Wonderful Scholars enrolled at the university for the 2022–2023 academic year. Many of these Wonderful Scholarship program recipients are first-generation college students from California’s Central Valley region.

$10 million of the overall pledge will be directed toward competitive research grants through the Resnick Agricultural Innovation Research Fund. Beginning this year, grants will be awarded annually to UC Davis faculty and Cooperative Extension specialists focused on identifying value-added properties in pistachio, almond, and pomegranate byproducts.

Protecting and preserving our planet for the future means we must take bold steps and push the boundaries of what’s possible. UC Davis is at the forefront of tackling climate change, developing groundbreaking technologies and solutions to reduce our collective carbon footprint and create a more sustainable agriculture system. Lynda, The Wonderful Company, and I are proud to partner with Davis to reimagine our future and inspire the next generation of leaders to pursue agricultural careers.

Stewart Resnick

Co-Founder, The Wonderful Company

The Resnicks, through personal giving and their foundation, have invested more than $1.3 billion, including a $750 million commitment to Caltech to help combat climate change and preserve the planet for future generations.

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