Berkeley-Haas Raises Record Amount During Big Give

Berkeley-Haas raised just under $700,000 during the 2015 Big Give, a 24-hour campus-wide online fundraiser held Nov. 19.

With a total of 561 gifts, Berkeley-Haas donors topped last year’s total of $561,000. UC Berkeley raised a total of $5.5 million across the campus from 8,149 gifts.

“We are so thankful for the tremendous support and enthusiasm we received from all of our generous donors this year,” says Michelle McClellan, assistant dean of Berkeley-Haas Development & Alumni Relations. “The entire Berkeley-Haas community came together to support programs, students, and faculty, making this year’s event even better than the last.”

This year’s fundraiser—themed “Think Bigger”—included competitions that fostered friendly rivalry between Berkeley schools and departments based on the most money raised, as well as the highest participation rates. Individual donors also competed with creative photos on social media, where people posted “Think Bigger” thought-bubbles filled in with their own ideas on how Berkeley reaches beyond itself.

To help with the effort, Dean Rich Lyons broke out his guitar for a music video. (below)

Berkley-Haas placed second among all schools and departments, just behind the College of Engineering. The feat earned the school $22,600 in extra “Big Slice” funds, designated for schools with the most money raised.

If you missed the Big Give, it’s not too late to donate.