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Thanks to the generous support of many of you in our Dugoni School family, I am pleased and proud to announce that our fundraising campaign total has reached $38 million, surpassing the halfway mark of our $65 million working goal! This is a significant milestone, and we are poised for continued success in “Building Our Future and Embracing Our Legacy” during the second half of our comprehensive campaign.

Since our comprehensive campaign began on July 1, 2012, we have enjoyed tremendous success in these philanthropic areas:

  • We have received over $20 million in gifts and pledges to support our new facilities.
  • We have added $10 million to our dental school’s endowment.
  • We have created 15 new endowments that have doubled in value and impact through matching funds from the Powell Match program.
  •  We have raised $2.5 million in unrestricted support for our Annual Fund.
  • We have expanded support for veterans, children, elderly, and underserved people in our clinics and our community programs.

Thanks to thousands of generous and loyal donors, the future is bright at our great Dugoni School. Every gift contributes significantly to our overall goal of producing preeminent oral healthcare providers.

Together, We Are Awesome!  Thank you!


campaignLOGO-WEBOn Sept. 5, we held our annual alumni reception during the California Dental Association’s conference in San Francisco. This year we got to host our guests in our new dental facilities at 155 Fifth Street, just a block away from the conference location at the Moscone Center. Several hundred members of the Pacific Dugoni alumni family joined us for a great gathering.

As we mentioned that night, we have great news regarding our current capital campaign in support of the new facilities. Thanks to the stellar leadership of Dr. Edmond Bedrossian as president of the Pacific Dugoni Foundation (PDF) and the hard work of Jeff Rhode as associate dean of Development, we have now raised $20.2 million toward the overall goal of $40 million for the “Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy” fundraising campaign.

PDF President Bedrossian has led by example, by giving generously of his time, talent and treasure. His offer to host innovative and strategic donor events has resulted in millions of dollars in support of the campaign. His enthusiasm has been contagious and produced successful recruitments of eight new board members in the last two years — each giving $100,000 or more to the current campaign. I am sincerely grateful to Dr. Bedrossian for his friendship and dedication to our great dental school. I want to thank all the members of the PDF board for their support and enthusiasm.

Home Campaign for Pacific Dugoni2I hired Jeff two-plus years ago when the campaign was at less than $4 million total in its first two years. Jeff recruited and kept a terrific Development team together and they have raised more than $16 million the last two years. This has always been a uniquely challenging campaign because it did not start with any prior gifts — it only includes philanthropy designated toward the new dental facilities project, not typical campaigns built around grants, planned gifts, or annual funds. Nonetheless, Jeff's Development team has done an extraordinary job in a very short period of time.

To view our new campaign web site and to learn about naming opportunities in the new dental facilities or ways to make a gift, please visit

If you have any questions about the campaign, please contact Jeff Rhode at

Thank you to everyone who has gotten involved in supporting the future of Pacific Dugoni through the “Building Our Future, Embracing Our Legacy” campaign.