Office of Development2023-11-09T06:32:41-08:00

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Greetings! Thank you for considering a gift to Fielding.

Marlen Bautista

My name is Marlen Bautista, and I serve as Fielding’s Development Manager of Donor Experience. It is my pleasure to welcome you to the donor community and support you. Your contributions reflect your love for Fielding, your willingness to invest in its students, and the university’s mission. Our students, alumni, and faculty are researching areas in environmental sustainability, social justice, emerging media, technologies, and policy reform, to name just a few. As we celebrate Fielding’s 50th Anniversary, our university continues our mission of providing a transformative learning experience for adult learners.

Do you want social change and to make a difference? Please donate. Use this page to find the cause you wish to support at Fielding. Choose the giving option that works best for you: online donation, monthly giving program, by check, via bank transfer, stock, or a planned gift.

The Office of Development team is here to help you identify the gift that works best for you. Please reach out with any questions or feedback you might have via or 805.898.4029.

Every gift counts. We appreciate you!


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Ignacio’s Inspiring Journey

Ignacio Vargas

Ignacio Vargas MA, a first-generation graduate from Fielding’s Master’s in Organization Development and Leadership Studies (MA ODL) and current Student Success Coach for Rowan Education Partners, shares his impactful journey. Initially uncertain about pursuing further education, Ignacio’s aspirations began with the desire to make a difference. He explored various careers, including media psychology, but when he discovered Fielding’s MA-ODL program, he found his calling through watching short videos of faculty sharing their experiences attending leadership workshops, and then implementing those skills.

Ignacio was drawn to Fielding because of its inclusive and diverse community and opportunity to become a changemaker. He’d heard about research during his time at UC Santa Barbara, but Fielding provided him with the opportunity and guidance to apply his knowledge within communities and organizations meaningful to him.

During his studies, Igancio was also part of the Fielding staff and after completing his master’s degree, Ignacio remained an active participant in Fielding’s Council Department, Fielding’s committee for staff concerns and interests. He observed the challenges within the institution and felt that organizational culture needed to reach its potential. Utilizing his newfound knowledge, he gathered feedback and conducted surveys, striving to make Fielding a better workplace, especially during the uncertainties of the pandemic.

The Montecito Bank and Trust scholarship played a significant role in Ignacio’s educational and personal journey, as it helped cover his expenses when he faced financial difficulties, such as a car accident that led to the loss of his vehicle. This scholarship provided much-needed relief during a challenging time.

Ignacio views his achievements as more than personal milestones. They serve as an inspiration for his three younger sisters, who are excited about potentially pursuing a master’s degree. Ignacio’s experience at Fielding has enabled him to be a source of guidance and support for his family, and he is deeply thankful for the opportunities he has received. He encourages others and embraces the challenges that come with pursuing higher education as a first-generation graduate. Ignacio embodies the spirit of Fielding, where education is a transformative force that empowers individuals to make a positive impact on the world.

Embracing Fielding’s Mission and Personal Journeys

Angela Patterson

Masters in Organizational Development and Leadership

When you donate to the Masters in Organization Development and Leadership Fund, you’re empowering the future of leadership. Your contribution helps shape the leaders of tomorrow, equipping them with the knowledge and skills needed to make a positive impact in diverse and data-driven workplaces. Thank you for your support.

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School of Leadership Studies Fund

When you donate to The Leadership Studies Fund, your generosity directly benefits world rising leaders of Fielding Graduate University. This fund provides support for students, ensuring that they have resources and opportunities they need to excel as community leaders. Your contributions make a significant impact on transforming educational, organizational, and social systems that will be used across the globe. Thank you for your support.

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School of Psychology Fund

Your gift is directed to where it’s needed most. As a vital foundation of Fielding Graduate University, this fund provides crucial resources and support for the Dr. Dori Pelz-Sherman Memorial and Magic Feet Scholarship to name a few. We appreciate your support.

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University-Wide Funds

  • Advancement Scholarship is a needs-based student award established by the Board of Trustees.
  • Annual Fund supports student and faculty research as well as university operations.
  • Alumni Association Fund supports services to our alumni and networking and learning opportunities for everyone at the university.
  • Dr. Dianne Kipnes Library Fund supports the annual operations of our virtual library.
  • Chair of the Board Scholarship is the annual scholarship, supporting degree students who are current members of their program’s student governance team.
  • Ethnic Minority Dissertation Scholarship: an annual award for doctoral students who have completed a dissertation draft on a topic related to historically underrepresented groups.
  • Frederic M. Hudson Endowed Scholarship: a scholarship in honor of Dr. Hudson’s vision for Fielding, and in support of a doctoral student conducting research in the area of coaching.
  • Institute for Social Innovation: a university institute, supporting faculty, students, and alumni research, training, and organizational consulting opportunities.
  • LaNelle & Dennis Ford Endowed Scholarship: a scholarship supporting a professional woman from Texas who is pursuing a doctoral degree from Fielding.
  • Libby Douvan Alumni Award: an award that supports alumni research on an annual basis.
  • Margaret Rudolf Endowed International Scholarship: a scholarship for new and/or continuing international students.
  • Marie Fielder Center for Democracy, Leadership & Education: a research center with a mission to encourage research that addresses today’s educational and social problems.
  • Michael and Jinny Goldstein Endowed Board Scholarship for Dissertation Research Advancing Social Justice: supports dissertation research advancing social justice.
  • Nancy Wermuth Frankie Memorial Alumni Award supports recent graduates and their research in the area of health and health education.
  • President Katrina S. Rogers Faculty Research Fund funds annual faculty research grants.
  • President Discretionary Fund provides funds for projects and innovative opportunities at the university.
  • Provost Discretionary Fund provides funds for academic work at the university.
  • Price-Mitchell Endowed Fund supports students and faculty that are engaged in research on a topic that furthers our understanding of K-12 positive youth development and/or K-12 positive education.
  • The McClintock-Wilburn Family Fund in Leadership supports dissertation research in the area of socially just leadership.
  • Wagenheim Endowed Scholarship for International Students a scholarship for new and/or continuing international students.

Tax Information: Fielding Graduate University is a 501(c)3 nonprofit university of higher learning. U.S. Tax ID: 95-2882724 and is a registered charity on the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) public listing, file record 7000055.

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Janet Garufis Endowed Scholarship in Leadership

The Scholarship will support students in doctoral and master’s degree programs in Fielding’s School of Leadership Studies who reside in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

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Jean-Pierre Isbouts Endowed Fund for Lifelong Learning

Join us today to honor Dr. Isbouts by giving to the Jean-Pierre Isbouts Endowed Fund for Lifelong Learning. Your gift ensures that our alumni and donor community will thrive for many years to come.

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Louis and Adele Osherson Scholarship

The scholarship is a multi-year award to a student who is a single parent with primary custodial responsibility for a child or children.

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Make a gift – Sponsor a Book!

Make a gift of $250 or more, and sponsor a book at the Dr. Dianne Kipnes Library.

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Dolores Bunnell Scholarship

This scholarship provides financial assistance to new doctoral students who plan to study, research, and/or work in the area of infant and/or early childhood education (0-6 years old).

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Advancement Scholarship

The Board of Trustees founded the Advancement Scholarship because they recognized the need for resources to be available to students when other funding is not accessible. Click here to make a gift today so we can support students who need it the most.

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Judy Stevens-Long Scholarship

Judy Stevens-Long Scholarship honors Faculty Emerita Dr. Stevens-Long. It supports outstanding doctoral students in Fielding’s School of Leadership Studies conducting dissertation research focused on organizational diversity and change.

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