Craig Childers Fund

Craig Matthew Childers Fund

Gifts at all levels, pledges (up to five years), planned gifts, and gifts of stock or real property may be made to the Craig Childers Fund at this time. Gifts may be made online, or by using the gift form below. Our initial fundraising goal is $250,000.

The family and friends of Craig gratefully acknowledge the leadership of Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. in providing the fund’s founding gift of $75,000.

Craig Matthew Childers Fund for Electric Vehicle Technology and Policy

Craig Childers brought zero-emission vehicles closer to the mainstream through his work, volunteer activities, personal example, and infectious enthusiasm. With his passing on August 22, 2013, the world lost a wonderful engineer, expert, educator and human being. To perpetuate his legacy, Craig’s friends and family have come together to create the Craig Matthew Childers Fund for Electric Vehicle Technology and Policy at UC Davis.

In keeping with Craig’s own career, his lifelong love of cars, and his desire to reduce air pollution and stem the world’s over-dependence on fossil fuels, the fund will support UC Davis students advancing zero-emission electric vehicle technology and policy. The fund will be used to support student projects, undergraduate scholarships, graduate student fellowships, and internships that engage students with UC Davis faculty and institutions worldwide that promote EVs.

The Craig Childers Fund will be allocated to provide the highest level of impact to advance electric vehicle technology and policy. This determination will be made by a committee established by the director of the UC Davis Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS-Davis), and will be subject to her or his final approval.  All uses will recognize the Craig Childers Fund as their source of support.

The fund has been established as an endowment fund at the UC Davis Foundation. Approximately four percent of the endowment’s principal will be available for use each year. The fund will be managed so that its annual payout keeps pace with inflation.

Please join us in supporting this effort. Gifts at all levels are welcome. We have set a minimum goal of raising $250,000 in the first year. For more information on making a gift or pledge, please contact Taylor Shinnick at 530-752-6548 or

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