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Record Set in Campaign for the New Century

By José Rodríguez, University Relations
Posted August 19, 1998

The largest number of contributions ever made in one fiscal year -- nearly 70,000 -- were recorded last year in Berkeley's Campaign for the New Century. The $174.2 million in gifts is the third-highest ever for the university. Two years ago, $188.9 million was raised.

The fundraising campaign is now less than $300 million shy of the $1.1-billion goal it seeks to reach by 2001.

If support by alumni and friends continues at the current pace, the campus will meet its goal, said Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl.

"This is the single biggest fundraising drive ever mounted by a public university not attached to a medical school, and it's critical for Berkeley and for California that we succeed," Berdahl said.

As a public university that has seen its state support dwindle, Berkeley in recent years has forged stronger bridges to alumni and friends. As a result, the alumni giving rate climbed from 9 percent to 14 percent between 1993 and 1997.

State general funds today account for a little more than a third of the campus's budget, compared to more than half in 1985.

Major contributions in the 1997-98 fiscal year included:

$9.2 million worth of instructional software from Viewlogic Systems, Inc., to support the College of Engineering

$7.1 million in equipment from Intel Corp. for a wide variety of academic programs around campus

$7 million from the Bernard Osher Foundation, Gabilan Foundation, and other major donors to expand outreach efforts through the Incentive Awards Program to Salinas and parts of the East Bay, Peninsula, and south Bay

$5 million by Brian '75 and Jennifer '88 Maxwell, co-developers of the PowerBar, to support the new Haas Pavilion and to improve academic life on campus.

$3.5 million to honor Mario Savio and the Free Speech Movement through support for the University Library from former library employee Stephen Silberstein '64, M.L.S., '76.

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