If you believe strong, ethical, productive organizations are essential to strong communities — and if you think the way business is taught makes a difference — you share something with everyone in the Haas School of Business community. We all believe that business education can have an extraordinary, positive impact on society by defining the leaders of the future.
Shaping tomorrow's leaders is where the Haas Fund comes in: In order to perpetuate our impact, for the next generation of students and for tomorrow's organizations, people who care about the Haas School must continue to invest in its people, academic programs, research, values, and future.
Your gifts to the Haas Fund enable you, year after year, to make a difference in virtually everything the Haas School does. Scholarships and fellowships, distinguished faculty, breakthrough academic programs, cross-disciplinary research, career-sustaining professional development services for alumni — all are hallmarks of a Haas education. And many could not be sustained without annual gifts from people like you.
In an era of dramatically reduced state resources, the Haas School needs your support more than ever. And with a bold new strategic plan in place to guide the Haas School's future — a plan to develop leaders who redefine how we do business — there has never been a better time to support the Haas School through private philanthropy. That's why building participation in the Haas Fund is a crucial element of The Campaign for Haas, with every Haas Fund gift now counting toward the campaign goal of $300 million. By the time the campaign closes, on June 30, 2013, we hope to have raised $25 million in gifts to the Haas Fund as part of overall campaign totals.
Always Berkeley. Always Haas. Only You. Those words describe what the Haas Fund is all about. They reflect the academic distinctions and the culture you share with others in our community, the leadership skills that set Haas graduates apart, and the transformative impact you can have when you invest in the future of the Haas School. Only you can perpetuate what is unique about Haas — ensuring that our brand of business education endures to shape leaders for the future.
Building on the collaborative spirit and drive toward innovation Haas alumni and friends share, our goal is to make Haas Fund participation more than an occasional responsibility. It is a tradition that rallies us, across classes and generations and areas of expertise, in support of something we all share: Haas values.
I hope you will join with fellow Haas graduates and friends as we look forward — and give back.
Richard K. Lyons
Dean, Haas School of Business