Center Director: Dr. James Erickson
Dr. James H. Erickson brings more than fifty years of experience in university and nonprofit fund raising to his role as director of the Center for Philanthropy. He is Emeritus Vice Chancellor for Advancement at the University of California. Programs he developed were responsible for generating more than $200 million for University of California campuses, including the University of California, Riverside. Dr. Erikson played a key role in building and launching the University of California, Merced, campus. He worked successfully with donors to endow 14 academic chairs and build the campus advisory bored to 105 people before the campus opened.
Dr. Erickson is the past president of The Community Foundation, serving Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. He vividly recalls meeting the victims of a devastating San Bernardino wild fire. "Some folks lost everything in the fires," he said—"everything." He successfully led the effort that in a short time raised more than $1 million in aid by working with local churches, organizations, and individuals in the Inland Empire. He also led efforts which generated more than $1 million to support the 2004 tsunami and 2005 Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts. From his lifetime of experiences, Dr. Erickson brings keen insights into what works in philanthropy and fund development. He has a passion for building communities and helping people. Dr. Erickson says, "Things can happen through philanthropy and the generous people who support worthy causes."