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Assistant Dean, College Relations and Development
The University of California, Berkeley is consistently ranked among the world’s finest institutions of higher learning, internationally renowned for its achievements at the forefront of teaching and research.
Only with a strong public-private partnership, however, can a public university like Berkeley maintain its preeminence over the long term. And nothing is more critical to a university’s continued distinction than its endowment — a corpus of funds that the institution invests in perpetuity to provide ongoing support for its faculty, students, and programs. It is no coincidence that the nation’s top-ranked universities have the largest endowments.
Berkeley’s endowment is a collection of more than 3,000 private funds established by individuals and organizations. This endowment provides scholarships and fellowships to attract the brightest students, resources to recruit and retain the most talented faculty, and funds to support research at the leading edge of global discovery. With significant new investments and careful stewardship, Berkeley’s endowment will sustain our world-class standing far into the future.
What is Endowment, and What Does it Support?
An endowment supports students, faculty, and programs in perpetuity. The principal of the gift is invested, and a portion of the return is used each year to support the school, college, or program designated by the donor. The remainder of the return is reinvested so that the endowment will grow and keep pace with inflation. The campus can receive gifts paid either to The UC Regents or the UC Berkeley Foundation. Both are classified as tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, so gifts to either are tax-deductible.
Depending on the donor’s designation, endowments may be established for a wide variety of purposes. Among the most useful endowments are those providing unrestricted support to the dean or departmental chairs. Other designations include undergraduate scholarships, graduate fellowships, faculty chairs, program support, and research. Gifts of endowment of $50,000 or more may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor or memorialize.
A Gift in Perpetuity
With funds invested prudently and in perpetuity, the University’s endowment provides a reliable, long-term financial resource that can be used to attract and retain world-renowned scholars, launch groundbreaking research endeavors, and make it possible for the most promising students to attend Berkeley, regardless of their financial means. Through careful investment and new gifts, the endowment provides a solid foundation for academic excellence. A contribution to Berkeley’s endowment is an enduring gift to future generations.
We invite you to contact the College of Chemistry for further information about creating an endowment.
|Named Endowed Faculty Funds|
|$5M+||Chancellor’s Endowed Chair|
|$3M+||Distinguished Endowed Chair (Hewlett Challenge match)|
|$2M+||Endowed Chair (Hewlett Challenge match)|
|$500K+||Faculty Excellence Fund|
|Named Graduate Fellowships|
|$500K+||Berkeley Graduate Fellowship|
|Named Undergraduate Scholarships|
|$250K+||Berkeley Undergraduate Scholarship|
|Named Endowed General Funds|
Memorial Funds help perpetuate the memory and values of someone who is deceased. Honorary funds pay tribute to someone during his or her lifetime. Both kinds of funds honor individuals while benefiting the college and the departments of chemistry and/or chemical and biomolecular engineering. These funds may be for unrestricted use or for a specific purpose (e.g., fellowship, faculty chair, undergraduate research, etc).
|Funds have been established in the college in memory of:|
Raymond C. Archibald
Leo A. Berti
Gerald E. K. Branch
Gary E. Brodale
William C. Bray
Charles J. Busso
James and Rebecca Cason
Cynthia Ann Chan
A. B. Falcone
William D. Gwinn
Melvin J. Heger-Horst
Frederick "Fritz" Jensen
Koo Liu Siok-Han
|Gilbert N. Lewis
Choh Hao Li
William H. McAdams
Vera and Ralph Morgen
Donald S. Noyce
Isadore and Lee Perlman
Eugene E. Petersen
Kenneth S. Pitzer
William H. and Mary Rees
Erich O. and Elly Saegebarth
Glenn T. Seaborg
Vincent James Starr
Lieselotte and David Templeton
John R. Thomas
Stanley G. Thompson
Charles W. Tobias
Charles R. Wilke
William H. Volck
David Juko Watanabe
Donations may also be made to the annual fund in memory or in honor of an individual, and the college will notify the family that a gift has been made.
Hundreds of companies match their employees' (and sometimes retirees') contributions on a 1:1, 2:1 or even 3:1 basis. To see if your company matches gifts, you can check with your human resources department, or click here to use our employer matching gift search. Matching gifts are added to your individual gift in determining the donor club to which you belong.