Giving to Haas

Message from Dean Lyons

I am pleased to share the exciting news that UC Berkeley has completed a $3.13 billion campaign—the largest campaign in the school's history, surpassing any other campaign by more than double. The Haas School of Business had our own record-breaking achievements and inspirational moments during the campaign and together, with the unwavering support of our alumni and friends, we raised more than $227 million for Berkeley Haas from more than 21,800 donors.

There are so many examples, large and small, of the generosity of our donors—their connection to our community and commitment to keeping Berkeley Haas one of the top business schools in the world. Some campaign highlights include when:

  • We broke ground on our North Academic Building—a new state-of-the-art building that will be filled with classrooms, flexible learning spaces, and group-study rooms to launch our school into the next era.
  • Oliver Williamson donated his Nobel Prize award money to create the first Berkeley Haas chair in economics of organization. Then his former students answered back and honored him with a student fellowship in his name.
  • Year after year we broke records for alumni giving as well as undergraduate student and MBA student support. In total, during the campaign, over $26 million was given by alumni, students, and friends to the Haas Fund from more than 44,700 gifts.
  • Our first high-tech classroom was constructed five years ago with support from the Koret Foundation and we began our journey into digital education and synchronous learning across distance.
  • A generous bequest from Elsie and Ed Garwood, BS 31, created the Garwood Center for Corporate Innovation—an important strategic investment in our growing focus on large-enterprise innovation.
  • Over four hundred people made gifts from $10 to $10,000 and raised more than $100,000 to establish the Hansoo Lee Fellowship in honor of their beloved friend and classmate who passed away from cancer in 2013.
  • Students supported each other and donated one day of their summer pay from their private internships to help other students interning at nonprofits.
  • Our Center for Teaching Excellence was launched with a gift from Steve and Susan Chamberlin, MBA 87, former members of our professional faculty, to help our award-winning faculty researchers become Club 6 teachers.

I am truly grateful to our donors for being a part of this monumental campaign for public higher education—Berkeley Haas would not be the vibrant community of innovation and intellect it is today without the generosity of our alumni and friends.

Thank you for your support and friendship,

Rich Lyons BS 82
Dean, Haas School of Business