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The Chancellor's Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is The Chancellor’s Challenge for Student Support?

The Chancellor’s Challenge is a matching gift program launched in 2007 to help increase funds for financial aid. Running through December 31, 2013, the Challenge doubles all gifts made by active or retired faculty or staff, students, and the surviving spouses or partners of faculty or staff to endowment funds that support need-based undergraduate scholarships or graduate fellowships. The Challenge encourages faculty, staff, and students to partner with the campus in ensuring that the most talented students can attend Berkeley regardless of their financial means.

  • How does this match work?

Every gift or pledge up to $250,000 is matched dollar-for-dollar through a discretionary fund that was set aside for the Challenge. Only gifts directed to an endowment fund for need-based undergraduate scholarships or graduate fellowships are eligible. Donors may choose from existing funds or create their own fund with a minimum gift of $10,000.

  • Why should I support the Challenge when I already contribute to students through my work?

Our community is committed to making sure outstanding students have access to a Berkeley education – access based on the ability to achieve, not on the ability to pay. With the State’s continuing disinvestment in public education and resulting rise in costs, we must shore up our endowment funds to lessen the financial burden on students and their families. In addition to your many contributions as a member of Berkeley’s faculty, staff, or student body, supporting the Challenge is one more promising way to ensure that our students’ academic experiences are rich and rewarding.

  • Will my gift count toward The Campaign for Berkeley?

Yes! All gifts made to the Challenge through December 31, 2013, will be doubled and will count toward The Campaign for Berkeley’s $3 billion goal.

  • How do I set up a named fund for a need-based scholarship or graduate fellowship?

Donors may create a new named fund with a minimum gift of $10,000 and designate a benefitting school, college, or department.

For information on establishing a fund for undergraduate scholarships, please contact:

  • Rachelle Feldman, Director, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office, 510.642.0645 or e-mail;
  • Linda Rico, Associate Director, Student Affairs Development Office, 510.643.4315 or e-mail.

For information on establishing a fund for graduate fellowships, please contact:

  • Kasia Allen, Development Director, Graduate Division, 510.642.8614 or e-mail.

Give now and have your contribution matched!