March 7, 2014, Berkeley, CA — As UC Berkeley celebrates the successful completion of The Campaign for Berkeley, the College of Environmental Design (CED) wants to thank our 5856 alumni, donors, parents and friends for contributing over $23 million to the campaign. These gifts help the college maintain its status as one of the premier environmental design schools in the world. During this time, CED is proud to report that its endowments grew to $53.6 million— an impressive 46% — with the addition of 51 new endowed funds.
From the onset of the campaign — which kicked off in 2008, during a time of extreme economic challenge — CED took the opportunity to set an ambitious goal. Owing to the outstanding and dedicated work of CED faculty and staff, the College accomplished an unprecedented outcome.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful to the thousands of people who believe in CED and are continuing to help us create a place of excellence, ideas, and future-building,” said Jennifer Wolch, Dean of the College of Environmental Design. “The success of this campaign creates the powerful momentum we need to continue to support the ambitions of the college and to realize the dreams of exceptional students.”
The Campaign for Berkeley focused on five key areas: faculty support, student support, research, capital support, and annual fund donations. Through the combined achievements of all the schools and colleges across campus including CED, the university raised a monumental $3.13 billion in contributions.
Contributions from the campaign fulfill a number of important goals for CED. A few are highlighted below.
- The addition of four new endowed faculty Chairs, matched by a challenge grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, improves the college’s ability to keep pace with its peer schools by recruiting and retaining top-caliber faculty, and supporting talented graduate students.
- Over 30 new student support funds were endowed, making certain that promising CED students will have the means to pursue their ambitions within Wurster Hall and, with the help of CED’s new Office of Career Services, launch their professional trajectories.
- A $1.75 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, bringing together CED and the Division of Arts & Humanities in the College of Letters & Science to create cross-disciplinary approaches to the problems facing global cities, ensures that CED continues its innovative leadership in environmental design thinking.
- Numerous donations mean major improvements for Wurster Hall, including the new first floor Wurster Gallery, newly equipped computing labs, renovated classrooms and college auditorium, and the new CAD/CAM Lab.
- Annual fund contributions exceed $3 million.
The College of Environmental Design will join in the celebration of the campaign’s completion which will include a variety of university-organized activities on Cal Day, the campus’s annual open house on April 12, 2014.
For more information on the success of the university campaign, including future individual success stories, is available on the campus campaign website.