CalDay 2012. Photo by Elena Zhokova.

Exceptional Science

The College of Chemistry is consistently ranked as one of the best places on earth to learn, teach, and create new tools in the chemical sciences. This is no accident. It’s the direct result of exceptional scholarship as well as thousands and thousands of donations from our loyal alumni and friends. They make the College possible. And you can join them, with a gift of any size. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us anytime. 

Funding Priorities

Your contributions to our “big three” funds are vital for our day-to-day adventures—teaching, research, safety upgrades, student services, and financial aid:

Major Gifts

What makes the College of Chemistry a powerhouse among chemistry departments worldwide? We attract the very best faculty and students, year after year. Major gifts are a wonderful way to ensure adequate resources for the next generation of scientists—many people also use this to create a legacy in honor of someone special to them.

We are happy to help you design a major gift to suit your philanthropic interests. Some popular choices include:

  • Professorships and chairs
  • Fellowships and scholarships
  • Capital gifts

If you would like to find out more, please contact Mindy Rex at (510) 642-9506 or

Planned Gifts

Close up of Sather gate

Planned gifts may enable you to make a more significant donation than you thought possible, all while enjoying substantial tax benefits. There are a variety of planned gift options to choose from—you can find out about these opportunities at the UC Berkeley Gift Planning website.

The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society

This society recognizes alumni and friends who have communicated to us their intention to include the University in their estate plans through some form of planned gift. The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society was established in 1987 to recognize and honor these visionary donors.

To find out more, please visit the Wheeler Society webpage.

Dean's Society

We have created a roster of annual giving clubs that reflect our rich heritage in the chemical sciences. This roster, The Dean's Society of the College of Chemistry, highlights eight of our faculty luminaries.

Annual Giving Clubs in the Dean's Society

Lewis Associates

$50,000 and more

Latimer Associates


Giauque Associates


Seaborg Associates


Wilke Associates


Calvin Club


Tobias Club


Hildebrand Club



The College of Chemistry is proud to have the support of many industry leaders. We offer a variety of ways to support the College as a source of pioneering research that complements the mission of your own organization.

For more information please contact:

Laurent de Janvry, Assistant Dean, College Relations and Development
(510) 643-9351

For undergraduate recruiting, please contact the campus Career Center.

For graduate student recruiting in either department, please contact:

Department of Chemistry
(510) 642-5884

Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Carlet AltamiranoGraduate Student Advisor
(510) 642-1533

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Support the College

Students in lab

With your help, we are embarking on many exciting projects here at the College. When you contribute to the exceptional scholarship of our students and faculty, you help to improve the lives of people all over the world.

Matching Gifts

Many of our donors can arrange a matching gift through their employer or their spouse’s employer. This is a simple way to double or even triple the support you provide for our students and faculty.

You can use our matching gift search tool to see if your company participates in matching charitable gifts.

Class Campaign

Class Campaign 2015

Senior class gifts allow current students to help shape the future of the College and create an even better experience for next year’s students.

Contact Us

Laurent de Janvry
Assistant Dean, College Relations and Development
(510) 643-9351


Mindy Rex
Sr. Director of Development
(510) 642-9506

Karen Elliott
Director, Special Projects
(510) 643-8054

Victoria Jaschob
Development Associate
(510) 643-8065

Camille Olufson
Director, Major Gifts and Alumni Relations
(510) 643-7379

For Corporate & Annual Programs please contact
Assistant Dean Laurent de Janvry


Michael Barnes
Principal Editor
(510) 642-6867

Leigh Moyer
Web Manager

Development Services

Sonya Hunter
Development Services Director
(510) 643-5720

Katherine Welsh
Development Services Coordinator
(510) 643-1497

Mailing Address

College Relations and Development
420 Latimer Hall, #1460
Berkeley, CA 94720-1460

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