Ensure Berkeley’s reputation as the world’s #1 public university!

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Your generosity keeps Cal running — providing for student support, the best faculty, and world-class research — and maintains our legacy.

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Gifts to the Cal Fund help ensure that UC Berkeley retains its excellence in teaching, research, and public service by supporting students and faculty across campus. Contributions to this annual fund can be put to use immediately in support of the greatest needs on campus — providing vital flexibility at a time when just 14 percent of Berkeley’s overall funding comes from the State of California.

Impact of Your Gift

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Tiffany Yang, Interdisciplinary Studies
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“My years here have been marked not by the melancholy of missing out on life because of financial burdens but by the joy of being able to seize opportunities regardless of financial cost.”

Tiffany Yang, Interdisciplinary Studies
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Adarsh Venkitachalam, Economics
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“Your support is building the foundations of success for the next generation of Golden Bears!”

Adarsh Venkitachalam, Economics
Sophia Pashtunyar, Social Welfare and Psychology
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“[My] scholarship has exposed me to a plethora of campus opportunities and resources that I would have never known existed. From networking events, leadership workshops, mentorship opportunities and so much more I have been able to develop professional skills that I may not have been able to obtain elsewhere.”

Sophia Pashtunyar, Social Welfare and Psychology
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Danny Hutto, English
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“I leave my Berkeley Connect section with a renewed sense of my place within the broader Berkeley community. In such a large, competitive academic environment as Berkeley, it is comforting knowing that there is one place I can go to escape the ‘noise’ and just connect (no pun intended) with other people.”

Danny Hutto, English

Your gift of any size to the Cal Fund makes you a part of something bigger — supporting crucial aspects of the Berkeley student experience like career counseling, group mentoring, and campus safety as well as faculty retention and research.


More than 11,000 people give to the Cal Fund every year, making it the most popular way to support students and faculty.

Ways to Give

Give Online

The fastest way to give to The Cal Fund is to make a gift online at Give.berkeley.edu/CalFund. Our secure site allows you to make your gift in a variety of ways, including setting up a sustaining monthly contribution.

Give by Mail

You can mail a check made out to UC Berkeley Foundation to the address below; please include a note telling us to direct your gift to The Cal Fund.

University of California, Berkeley
Donor and Gift Services
1995 University Avenue, Ste 400
Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

You may also give via credit card by downloading a gift form, filling it out, and mailing it to the above address.

Give by Phone

Call us at 510.643.9789 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Time with your credit card information.

Employee Matching Gifts

More than 8,000 companies offer varying levels of corporate match for their employees’ philanthropic interests. UC Berkeley recognizes donors each year for the sum of their contributions and any matching gifts received during the fundraising year.

Want to find out if your company will match your gift to The Cal Fund? Type your employer’s name into our Employee Matching Gift Search.

For more information, please contact us using this form.

Gifts of Securities

Gifts of securities such as stocks, mutual fund shares, or other appreciated assets provide attractive tax advantages. We encourage donors to transfer gifts of publicly-traded securities to one of the UC Berkeley Foundation’s brokerage accounts by completing and submitting one of the transfer forms below.

Download Morgan Stanley securities transfer form. [PDF 69KB]

Download Charles Schwab securities transfer form. [PDF 74KB]

For more information, donors or their brokers should contact:

Gift Services
Phone: 510.642.6791
Fax: 510.643.6770
Email: givesecurities@berkeley.edu

Giving Societies

UC Berkeley appreciates and recognizes our donors through a variety of giving societies.

Berkeley Loyal

When you make gifts for three years in a row (in the most recent fiscal years, July 1 to June 30), you achieve the distinction of Berkeley Loyal, and you are recognized for the total number of years in which you’ve made gifts to Cal.

Charter Hill Society

By contributing $1,000 or more during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30) to any school, college, department, or program on the Berkeley campus, you establish and sustain your membership in Charter Hill Society, a special philanthropic circle.

Wheeler Society

Donors who include Cal in their estate plans have provided essential philanthropic support, helping us become one of the world’s great universities. The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society (or Wheeler Society) was established in 1987 to recognize and honor these visionary individuals.

Builders of Berkeley

Builders of Berkeley are leading benefactors whose gifts have been indispensable to the establishment, evolution, and preeminence of the university. Each fall, we add the names of new Builders — philanthropists whose lifetime giving to Berkeley equals $1 million or more — to a granite monument flanking the Doe Library steps, honoring them with a ceremony celebrating their generosity.

Other Giving Opportunities

You can support the Cal Fund through all of the opportunities below.

Cal Parents

A gift to the Cal Parents Fund — every year — is the most direct way to invest in and enhance Berkeley’s undergraduate student experience. When you give at any level you become part of something bigger, joining thousands of other parents who contribute to the areas of greatest need across campus.

Senior Class Gift

The annual Senior Class Gift Campaign is a way for students to celebrate their years at Cal, giving back to leave their mark on a place that has changed countless lives.

Gift Planning

The Office of Gift Planning can help you make contributions that fit your philanthropic, financial, and estate planning goals.

Berkeley Crowdfunding

Supporting a Berkeley Crowdfunding project allows you to provide valuable resources to student groups, faculty, staff, and alumni to help fund specific projects.


Celebrating a Cal Reunion soon? Learn more about how you can strengthen ties with friends new and old, reconnect with the UC Berkeley community, volunteer to raise funds, organize and get the word out, and give back to this extraordinary university that has made such a difference in your life.

Big Give

Join Berkeley’s annual day of online giving, Big Give, in which alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students, and friends compete for prizes to their favorite schools and programs — and show off their Cal pride — through a wide variety of contests.


Thank you. Your support of the Cal Fund keeps access and excellence alive.