Record-Breaking Donor Ups Ante at UCLA’s Williams Institute
Posted Feb 11, 2008 2:22 PM CDT
By Martha Neil
The leading donor to UCLA School of Law's Williams Institute has reportedly pledged another $2 million to its endowment. The groundbreaking think tank focuses its research on sexual orientation law and policy, with the goal of promoting fair and informed U.S. jurisprudence and public policy.
With the latest $2 million donation pledged by Charles R. Williams, a businessman, academic and philanthropist, his total contributions to the Williams Institute top $10 million, according to a UCLA press release (PDF). With the help of additional contributions from five other individuals totaling $3.5 million that also were announced today, the total endowment is now $15 million.
"It is hard to believe that just over five years ago, I saw the huge gap in the public policy landscape and tried to help fill it by founding the Institute. I am so proud of what the Williams Institute has accomplished so quickly," says Chuck Williams. A former executive with Sperry Corp., he received his B.A. and M.B.A. from UCLA, according to an institute website.