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The Annual Fund - Ensuring Excellence

Following a record-setting year of raising $2.5 million in the fiscal year ending June 30, 2001, this year's Annual Fund aims to expand the number of donors and increase the percent participation at every giving level to meet our goal of $2.5 million.

The Annual Fund is key to supporting the Haas School's new ventures and enhanced services to students and alumni. While the school was granted a degree of autonomy through the pilot program, it was also given the responsibility to support these new innovations through gifts and revenue generating programs. A critical element of this self-funding model is the Annual Fund, which provides unrestricted funds to apply to the challenges of remaining competitive. "Haas has gotten so good at doing a lot with a little that a dollar given to Haas really matters," said Interim Dean Ben Hermalin. "Every gift, no matter how big or how small, really makes a difference."

In a special effort this year, Stephen Etter, BS 83, MBA 89, chair of the Haas Development Council, is working with volunteers from the graduating classes of 1997 to 2001 to maintain their connections to Haas and sustain the participation percentages of the student campaigns in the future. Pledges from undergraduate students to Feed the Bear and MBA students to the 101% Giving programs have grown each year, recently ranging from 78% to 95%.

This year's Annual Fund will support the development of the new Berkeley-Columbia Executive MBA program and the Master's in Financial Engineering program. The Annual Fund also supports the activities of the Haas Alumni Network, which serves alumni across the country and around the world enabling them to reconnect with the Haas community, particularly through reunion programs, communications, and events.

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