Student Giving to Haas Takes Off


A video produced by this year’s Lifelong Connections Campaign Committee urged fellow Berkeley MBA students “Don’t forget where you came from.”

They didn’t: Every member of the full-time MBA class of 2009 gave to the campaign, achieving 100 percent participation for the first time in the campaign’s 21-year history. Technically, the class even exceeded 100 percent participation because an exchange student from London contributed.

Despite tough economic times, the class raised a total of $59,285. The first $25,000 in pledges was matched by Dean Rich Lyons, bringing the fundraising total to $84,285.

A team of 28 Haas undergraduate seniors also pushed their Senior Gift Campaign into new territory with an unusually high-touch approach. One-on-one solicitations helped raise a record-breaking $10,545 from 60 percent of graduating seniors. That's up from 48 percent participation by the class of 2008, which raised $8,700.

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