In a message sent today to members of the campus’s Fundraising Council, Chancellor Nicholas Dirks reported that 2015-16 “set new records for both the number of gifts to Berkeley and the amount raised in private support.”
More than 65,300 donors made nearly 100,000 gifts totaling $479.1 million, the chancellor said. In 2014–15, by comparison, nearly 63,400 donors gave more than 95,000 gifts totaling $462.5 million.
Citing another record, Dirks wrote that 43 donors this year became Builders of Berkeley, recognition of those who give more than $1 million. Since the campus’s founding, 790 donors have become Builders of Berkeley
“We are grateful to those donors whose generosity this past fiscal year continues to renew the tradition of excellence at Berkeley,” wrote Dirks. “Now, more than ever, philanthropic support is bringing to life our shared aspirations, whether through new facilities or an expanding portfolio of research, educational and public service achievements.
“Sitting atop the Campanile is a bright light that embodies our motto, Fiat Lux, Let There Be Light,” the chancellor added. “Each of you — our fundraising leaders — helped bring these gifts to fruition, brightening the light that shines on the unique institution we all cherish so much.”