Visionary San Diego Philanthropists Ron and Alexis Fowler Donate US$6.5 Million to Support Entrepreneurship for a Better World

Ron Fowler, president and CEO of Liquid Investments, Inc. and former executive chairman and co-owner of the San Diego Padres, and his wife Alexis, made another generous donation to the University of San Diego. Through a series of gifts now totaling $6.5 million, Fowlers’ support will position the University as an epicenter of social innovation and entrepreneurship focused on preparing the next generation of changemakers.

Impactful donations will fund an endowment for the Knauss School of Business’ Fowler business concept challengewhere scholarships are awarded to students whose budding entrepreneurial ideas have the potential to positively impact the world. The donation will also endow the Kroc School of Peace Studies’ Fowler Global Social Innovation Challengewhere students from universities around the world design and launch social projects that seek to address humanity’s greatest challenges through innovative solutions.

The USD community is extremely grateful to the Fowler family. Over the years, they have contributed immensely to the growth and success of the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge and the Fowler Business Concept Challenge. The Fowlers’ initial donation to the USD Entrepreneurship Program was instrumental in creating the Catalyzer (hosted under the Free Enterprise Institute at the Knauss School of Business) which focuses on creating a spirit of company among students of USD. Many students have benefited from these entrepreneurial initiatives. New social enterprises and socially responsible enterprises exist thanks to them. The Fowler family also financed the USD’s state-of-the-art baseball stadium, Fowler Park.

“At the University of San Diego, we are innovative Changemakers. It’s in our vision statement. It is our true north and it informs the decisions we make and the paths we take,” said USD President James T. Harris III, DEd. “That means we ignite ideas and passions in our students that will help them foster a more sustainable and prosperous future, both locally and abroad. We deeply appreciate the generosity of Ron and Alexis and their dedication to the entrepreneurial ambitions of Toreros, today and for generations to come.

— USD News Center

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