An Outpouring of Thanks at Donor Appreciation Week

Students wrote thank-you cards to donors
Photos Copyright Noah Berger / 2016

Students, students, faculty, and staff wrote 535 letters of appreciation last month to the thousands of donors who ensure that Berkeley-Haas carries on its tradition of excellence.

Donor Appreciation Week is celebrated every January to acknowledge that tuition covers only half the cost of running the school. Philanthropy supports one-third of the other half. Berkeley-Haas also has donors to thank for its new $60 million North Academic Building, which is 100 percent privately funded. The building is expected to be completed in early 2017.

A thank-you letter to a Berkeley-Haas donor

Here’s a sampling of some of the letter writers’ sentiments, as well as photos of a few of those who stopped by the letter-writing tables in the Bank of America Forum to express their appreciation.

Your generous support is not only important to sustain quality research. It sustains quality life. Thanks to your donation I can support my wife and two daughters Cristina (2) and Teresa (5 months). We talk a lot about having real impact. I hope this gives you a tangible measure of the impact you make.
—David Echeverry, PhD student, Real Estate (2017)


As a graduate student instructor in our Haas undergraduate program, I am constantly blown away by the maturity, quality and ability of our students. Then I get to know their stories and am inspired by the diversity, both economic and social, of students in one of the top business schools in the world. Thank you for continuing to support the University’s public mission, without which nothing would be possible.
—Christian Kaas, MBA16


Thank you for supporting Haas! Your donations really make a difference in continuing to provide a top-notch educational experience for our students. Speaking from personal experience as a member of the Haas admissions team, being able to talk about the wonderful resources available when speaking to prospective students really makes a difference in my recruitment conversation. Thank you for all you do!
—Chelsiah Scouras, EWMBA Admissions Offic

Being a Haas student has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The professors, my classmates, and opportunities that Haas has given me have been incredible. Thank you for your help in continuing to give me the best possible business education. Because of your support, I’ve been able to get my dream internship at Goldman Sachs while learning skills to help me succeed and thrive! —Anonymous