MBA Graduates Capture Fundraising Spirit

Berkeley MBA students pledged early and often to the 2011 Lifelong Connections (LLC) Campaign, which drew 97 percent support from graduating full-time MBA students and nearly $58,000 in pledges for the Haas Fund.

This year’s student pledges were made in the shortest time period in the past half-decade. That's because "our students’ understanding of philanthropy and of the value of giving to Haas is better than ever," says Meg Roundy, the school's associate director of student alumni relations.

In addition to student pledges, the total raised includes company matches and funds from the New Alumni Challenge and the Jacobs Challenge Match, from Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs, BS 84 and PhD 89 (Engineering), and wife Stacy, BA 84 (Letters & Sci.), OD 89 (Optometry), both Cal grads. In addition, Dean Rich Lyons, BS 82, and his wife, Jennifer, MBA 96, continued their tradition of matching the first $5,000 in donations.

The campaign, now in its 23rd year, was led by co-chairs Joey Barr, Kristen Mannix, and Paul Collins, all MBA 11. The campaign's tagline: Capture the Moment. Continue the Journey.

The student campaign featured video testimonials from fellow classmates on their experiences at Berkeley-Haas. A video stressing the importance of the strong "We are Haas" community supplied additional motivation to pledge.

To learn more about the 2011 FTMBA LLC Campaign and watch the graduating class's videos, visit

Lifelong Connections Campaign Co-chairs Kristen Mannix, Paul Collins, and Joey Barr, all MBA 11, present a check to Dean Rich Lyons.