Frequently Asked Questions

What is Berkeley Loyal?

Berkeley Loyal is a giving society that honors donors who have made gifts in each of the three most recent fiscal years (July 1–June 30) to the University of California, Berkeley. When this distinction is achieved, these committed supporters are recognized for the total number of years in which they have made gifts to Cal.

There are more than 24,500 donor households who currently qualify as Berkeley Loyal, 46 of which have given consistently for 50 years (or more!). That’s unfailing generosity through at least nine presidential administrations, eight Berkeley chancellors, and 11 faculty Nobels; the birth of biotech and open-source software; the digitizing of the Mark Twain Papers archive; the creation of the first certified organic dining hall; 50 Big Games, including 1982’s The Play; and the completion or renovation of — among others — Boalt Hall, Lawrence Hall of Science, Zellerbach Hall, the Tang Center, the Haas School of Business, the East Asian Library, Stanley Hall, Blum Hall, and the Li Ka Shing Center.

What are the membership tiers?

  • 3+ years of giving
  • 5+ years of giving
  • 10+ years of giving
  • 15+ years of giving
  • 20+ years of giving
  • 25+ years of giving
  • 30+ years of giving
  • 40+ years of giving
  • 50+ years of giving

How do I become a member of Berkeley Loyal?

By making a gift in each of Berkley’s three most recent fiscal years, you will automatically become a member of Berkeley Loyal. This distinction is maintained by continuing to give each year. Gifts of any size and to anywhere on campus count.

Why does consistent annual support matter?

Annual giving is instrumental in keeping the campus and its programs functioning at the exceptional levels for which we are renowned. We rely increasingly on our loyal donors’ commitment to preserving and enhancing Berkeley’s excellence in education, research, and public service through their generous annual gifts.

Berkeley Loyal members exemplify the university’s motto, fiat lux (“let there be light”), by providing crucial ongoing support that makes so much possible for our students, faculty, and programs.

What recognition will I receive?

Berkeley Loyal members receive an annual communication confirming their continued status and the number of years in which they’ve made gifts. Members also receive a special window decal showing their membership tier and participation year so that they can display with pride their commitment to the university. 

What happens if I miss a year?

If you miss a fiscal year of giving you will experience a lapse in Berkeley Loyal membership. Membership can be reinstated with three consecutive years of support. At that time you will be welcomed back at the tier that includes the total number of years you’ve made gifts to Berkeley.

Which gifts count?

Your annual contributions at any level, to any school, college, department, or program on the Berkeley campus will establish and sustain your membership in Berkeley Loyal, which is designed to recognize your consistent annual support.

Do pledges count?

Berkeley Loyal recognizes donors who make gifts to the university every year. While pledges are not applied toward membership, contributions you make toward your pledges do count.

How do I contact you?

If you have questions about your giving or your Berkeley Loyal status, please contact Donor Services at or 510.642.1212