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The Builders of Berkeley are donors who have given $1 million or more to the campus. The generosity of these leading benefactors has been indispensable to the establishment, growth, evolution, influence, and preeminence of the university, which is why we call them Builders of Berkeley.

When donors’ giving reaches $1 million, they are invited to become a Builder of Berkeley and have their name etched on the granite monument honoring the campus’s most generous benefactors.

The Builders of Berkeley program recognizes the philanthropy of people, not organizations, and as such only the names of people are listed on the Builders monument. Gifts directed through family foundations or other private foundations that are attributed to individuals, however, are included for recognition. The listing on the monument would honor the individuals or family whose philanthropy directed the giving.

Gifts and pledges count toward the calculation of donors’ lifetime giving for Builder of Berkeley purposes, with a few exceptions. Outstanding Endowed Seating Program commitments and bequest commitments are not included in the calculation of the $1 million Builder threshold.

The names of Builders of Berkeley are etched on a prominent outdoor monument honoring the leading benefactors to the university since its founding in 1868. Each fall the university updates the monument with the names of new Builders and honors them in a ceremony that celebrates their extraordinary philanthropy toward Berkeley.

The monument is in front of the entrance to Doe Library. Dedicated in 2003, it comprises two walls of granite on either side of the terrace facing Memorial Glade.

Contact the Executive Director of Donor and Gift Services in University Development and Alumni Relations at 510.643.7664.

Contact the Executive Director of Donor and Gift Services in University Development and Alumni Relations at 510.643.7664.