Ensure Berkeley’s reputation as the world’s No. 1 public university!

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“Your gifts help me address the most important needs of our students as conditions continue to evolve. I am immensely grateful for the support of Cal family members like you.”

— Carol T. Christ, Chancellor

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. These contributions are 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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Tsadiku Obolu, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
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“Because of your support I am motivated to excel and work harder at Berkeley. It makes me feel like I have people that believe in me, which instills a drive to succeed that is even bigger than myself. Thank you!”

Tsadiku Obolu, Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences
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Tanner Nel, Undeclared
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“Thank you very much for contributing to my education and future! Having donor support means the world to me and has shown me that there are many people that want to contribute to the academic success of students.”

Tanner Nel, Undeclared
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Sara Siddiqui, Mathematics
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“When I come across instances of doubt, I am grateful for your support. It serves as a reminder to me each day that I am among the best students at UC Berkeley. Donors are, and always will be, a piece of my success story as I continue to move forward in my educational career.”

Sara Siddiqui, Mathematics
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Victor Vasquez, Sociology
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“I had to overcome academic challenges and the loss of my mother. My experience at UC Berkeley has been life-changing. I’m grateful, to you, the donors, for the privilege of receiving the support that helps low-income students have an opportunity to get a quality education without large debt.”

Victor Vasquez, Sociology

Your gift of any size to the Cal Fund makes you a part of something bigger. You are helping to support crucial aspects of the Berkeley student experience like free student tutoring, career counseling, small group mentoring, and campus safety as well as faculty retention and research. Your support matters to the Berkeley community!


More than 7,000 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
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 510.643.9789 for assistance with making a gift by phone.

Speak With a Gift Officer

If you would like help planning your philanthropic gift, a gift officer will happily talk with you in person, via Zoom, or over the phone.

Arrange to speak with a gift officer.

Have Your Company Match Your Gift

More than 8,000 companies offer varying levels of corporate matches for their employees’ philanthropic interests.

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.

Matching gifts from your workplace count toward membership in the Charter Hill Society, a special philanthropic circle of alums, parents, and friends of UC Berkeley.

Give 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

Give Through Your Will/Estate Plan

Is Cal already in your will or would you like that to be arranged? Our planned giving group can assist you with all the details of estate planning. Find out how you can leave a lasting legacy at Berkeley.

Giving Societies

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

Charter Hill Society

When your contributions anywhere on campus reach $1,000 or more during the fiscal year (July 1 to June 30), UC Berkeley welcomes you into the Charter Hill Society, a special philanthropic circle with membership benefits. Membership begins at $250 for students and alums who are 1-4 years past graduation, and at $500 for alums who are 5-9 years past graduation.

Berkeley Loyal

When you’ve made gifts to Cal in each of the last three fiscal years (or last two years if you are a current Cal parent or student) at any level anywhere on campus, you join the ranks of Berkeley Loyal, honoring Cal’s most steadfast donors.

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.

The Cal Fund provides many opportunities to give. One example is the Student Technology Equity Program (STEP), which provided essential computer equipment to students in need who were working remotely due to the pandemic. The STEP program provided laptop computers, internet access, and other necessary hardware to 4,701 students.


Thank you!
Your support of the Cal Fund provides access to services and the opportunity for students to achieve excellence.