Rady School Philanthropy

We are a school designed to produce innovative entrepreneurs, but when we began our campus was only a vision.


“We felt it was important to become involved and to provide financial support because we are eager to see the School start training future business leaders. These students will go on to make a profound impact on the world, and it’s an honor to play a role in their educational development.”

- Evelyn and Ernest Rady, 2004.

Through philanthropic support from community members, students, faculty and staff, we were able to build a campus that has become the home to our cutting edge, transformative program. The School has achieved its present level of excellence thanks to the generosity of visionary leaders who made founding investments in the School.

The Rady School of Management was named in recognition of a $30 million gift announced in 2004 from Evelyn and Ernest Rady and the Rady Family Foundation. Other founding donors included Betty and J. Robert Beyster, Roberta and Malin Burnham, Pauline and Stanley Foster, Joan and Irwin Jacobs, Carol Lazier, William Stensrud and Wells Fargo.

In 2007, the Rady School moved from temporary facilities to its permanent home in Otterson Hall. Funded almost entirely through private support, the building was named in honor of the late William (Bill) Otterson. In 2012, the Rady School campus was completed with the opening of Wells Fargo Hall. In addition to the lead gifts from the Radys and Wells Fargo, the expansion was partially funded with private philanthropic gifts from community leaders, including Rita and Dick Atkinson, Betty and J. Robert Beyster, Arthur Brody, Jan Tuttleman and Tony Thornley.

Without the vision and generosity of the community, our campus would not have been possible. Together, we built a foundation for future students to make the most of their MBA education and contribute to economic prosperity.