Annual Report Highlights Friendly Class Competition

The 2008-2009 Annual Report of Private Giving, released Jan. 14, emphasizes how friendly competition between class giving committees contributed significantly to the success of the Haas Annual Fund last fiscal year.

Among undergraduate alumni, the class of 2008 took first place for participation (11 percent) and 2004 won for annual dollars raised ($9,289). Winning class giving committees for the MBA classes of 1992-2008 were MBA 00 for participation (38 percent) and MBA 96 for annual dollars raised ($72,672). Classes represented by giving committees comprise only 5 percent of the total alumni population, yet make up 25 percent of all donors — alumni, friends, and corporate partners — and account for 25 percent of all dollars raised.

The annual report illustrates successful fundraising efforts during a year of tremendous financial challenges for the state of California and the UC system. The more than 5,000 gifts made during the year are a testament to the strong tradition of giving within the Haas community.

Gifts to the Haas Annual Fund have helped the school improve its online career and networking services, supported students through scholarships and experiential learning programs, and funded groundbreaking research. Capital gifts are supporting faculty chairs in finance and general business management, a state-of-the-art classroom designed to promote collaboration, and the new Center for Teaching Excellence.

The 2008-2009 Haas Annual Report is now available online in a convenient flipbook format. Readers also have the option of downloading a PDF version of the report.