Haas Fund Receives Record Alumni Gifts

Alumni giving to the Haas Fund broke records across a number of key metrics in fiscal year 2012, which ended June 30.

A total of 4,261 donors gave $3.06 million to the annual fund—the highest dollar amount given by alumni in a single year. With an additional $169,000 in matching funds from the New Alumni Challenge, the annual fund totaled $3.22 million for fiscal year 2012.

A total of 3,857 Haas School alumni, representing 10.2 percent of the school's total alumni, donated $2.69 million. The average alumni gift size was $698.

"Support from our alums is why Berkeley-Haas continues to excel, even relative to other top business schools, in this era of so little state funding," says Dean Rich Lyons. "We are very grateful for their generosity."

Full-time MBA alumni broke their record of giving with $1.53 million; Berkeley-Columbia MBA alumni gave more than $66,000, the most in that program's history; Master of Financial Engineering alumni donated at their highest level yet, with $7,484; and a record number of PhD alumni made gifts. The Haas Fund also received more gifts in the $1,000-$2,499 and $5,000-$9,999 levels than in any other year. The fund received the most online gifts ever, at 2,066.

Non-alumni friends of Haas also donated in record numbers, with 404 individuals contributing more than $344,700.

The Haas Fund supports every aspect of the Haas School’s mission and priorities. Donors may direct their gifts to their choice of four areas: school-wide support, Dean Rich Lyons’ priority initiatives, faculty research and excellence, or degree programs. School-wide support includes student scholarships and fellowships; career resources; experiential learning programs; and alumni networking, online resources, and professional development.