SANTA CLARA, Calif., April 7, 2022 — At the annual Day of Giving on April 6, donors to Santa Clara University School of Law raised more than $483,400 in support of the new Lisa A. Kloppenberg and Mark R. Zunich Endowed Law Scholarship Fund. Donors also contributed more than $117,000 on this one day in support of other key Law School programs—for a record Santa Clara Law Day of Giving total of more than $600,000 given by nearly 300 donors.
It was a day filled with surprises. In the weeks leading up to the event, Dean Michael Kaufman shared the news of an anonymous challenge grant: If, on April 6, the Law School community contributed more than 150 gifts to any designation, two anonymous donors would create a new endowed scholarship.
On the Panetta Plaza in front of Charney Hall during a special Day of Giving reception, Kaufman announced that, thanks to the generosity of the nearly 200 donors as of 2 pm, the endowed scholarship challenge was unlocked. He then revealed the names of the challenge donors: Santa Clara University’s Acting President (and former dean of Santa Clara Law) Lisa Kloppenberg and her husband, Mark Zunich.
A second surprise came during the afternoon event, as Andy Kryder ’74, JD/MBA ’77, chair of the Law Advisory Board, and Judge Risë Jones Pichon ’73, JD ’76, chair of the SCU Board of Regents, informed Acting President Kloppenberg that supporters from these two groups had already contributed more than $325,000 to the new endowed scholarship. That figure includes a match of $150,000 by alumna and Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley JD ’86, Hon. ’19, and her husband, Michael Krautkramer, of all donations received from the Law Advisory Board. By midnight on April 6, the total raised toward the scholarship exceeded $483,000.
“The Board of Regents is most grateful to Lisa for her leadership and for accepting the reins when we were most in need, and for her guidance through some of the most difficult circumstances that the University has ever encountered,” said Judge Jones Pichon in her announcement that the Board of Regents had also contributed to the new endowed scholarship.
A tearful Acting President Kloppenberg was visibly surprised and grateful on hearing the news. “An endowment is a permanent source of funds—it will always be here to support students who are in financial need,” said Kloppenberg, who shared that both her own mother and her husband’s mother lacked the ability to access higher education. “Law school is hard enough. If we can make the burden a little bit easier for them, all the better.”
“We are delighted to support Lisa’s and Mark’s incredible generosity and commitment to Santa Clara Law School with our ‘challenge’ pledge,” wrote Daley and Krautkramer in a statement. “Lisa has been a consistently tireless advocate and thoughtful leader, so in making this contribution, we wanted to recognize that service and encourage others to make a similar commitment toward the endowed scholarship that our friends, Lisa and Mark, envision.”
“Today’s announcements demonstrate the inspirational potential of leadership giving,” said Steve O’Brien ‘98, senior assistant dean for external relations. “They also highlight the generosity and dedication of the Santa Clara Law community—a testament to one of our school’s greatest distinctive strengths.”
“We are inspired by Lisa and Mark’s leadership and generosity in creating a new endowed scholarship for the Law School,” said Kaufman. “Their contribution, along with those from our Law Advisory Board, the University’s Board of Regents, law alumni, and other friends of Santa Clara Law, will make it possible for us to make legal education and our profession accessible to students from all walks of life for generations to come.”
To make a gift to the new Lisa A. Kloppenberg and Mark R. Zunich Endowed Law Scholarship Fund, click here.
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