Record number of gifts nets $182.4 million

Gifts totaling $182.4 million were raised by UC Berkeley in the 1996-97 fiscal year ending June 30, representing the greatest number of contributions ever-66,600-in a single year. This brings the amount raised by the current Campaign for the New Century to $638 million. Its goal is $1.1 billion by the start of the year 2001.

The total amount raised in 1996-97 is the second-highest ever. The record was last year, at $188.9 million.

"The number of gifts made to Cal is as significant at this stage of our fundraising campaign as the actual total raised," said Vice Chancellor C. D. Mote, Jr. "Participation is key to our success in building a new tradition of private giving to UC Berkeley."

Included in the 1996-97 gift totals are:

  • $10 million from the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund for the Graduate School of Public Policy (see p. 2). This is on top of gifts from the fund totaling $7 million earlier in the campaign.
  • $5.8 million estate distribution from the Bernie H. and Frances H. Williams Trust Fund for the Chancellor's Millennium Fund-- a discretionary fund designed to address campus needs swiftly.
  • $5.5 million from the Bernard Osher Foundation to secure an endowment for the Incentive Awards Program, one of the campus's model outreach efforts to high schools.
  • $4 million from Jean Gray Hargrove, '35, for a new music library-cornerstone of a $10 million Music Department fundraising drive.

UC Berkeley launched its campaign publicly in September 1996, partly in response to a decline in state support. Direct state support, including contracts, now accounts for about 38 percent of Berkeley's budget, compared to 52 percent in 1985.

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