Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is UC Berkeley’s Tax ID number?

A: The ID number for gifts to the UC Berkeley Foundation is 94-6090626. The ID number for gifts to the UC Regents is 94-6002123. Giving opportunities on the Web site are administered via the UC Berkeley Foundation. If you do not know which Tax ID number to use, please consult Gift Services at 510.643.9789 or at .

Q: How do I update my personal information with the University?

A: To alert us to changes in address, marital status, etc., please send an e-mail to our Alumni Records unit at .

Q: How can I be removed from your mailing lists?

A: Send an e-mail with your request to our Alumni Records unit at . Please include your full name. If there are any mailing lists (print or online) you wish to remain on, please indicate those in your request.

Q: Are there any benefits associated with my gift?

A: Gifts made anywhere on campus count toward participation in The Charter Hill Society, Berkeley’s annual giving recognition program. In addition, some schools and programs have their own donor recognition programs. For more information about The Charter Hill Society, its tiers and benefits, and other campus recognition programs, please visit The Charter Hill Society Web site.

Q: Do you accept electronic fund transfers?

A: Yes! You may arrange monthly payments via electronic fund transfers. Download an EFT authorization form [PDF 80KB] to fill out and mail in.

Q: I work for UC Berkeley. Do you accept payroll deductions from UC Berkeley?

A: Yes! If you are a UC Berkeley employee, you may contribute on a monthly basis to almost any area of the University via payroll deduction.

Payroll deduction is an easy way for University employees to contribute on a monthly basis to almost any area of the University. Once an employee enrolls to make a gift via payroll deduction, funds are automatically deducted from the monthly paycheck and credited into the receiving account.

Enrollment Process:

Complete and submit an authorization form online. For security reasons you will need to login with your Calnet ID. Once the form is submitted, you will receive an email message requesting you to validate the gift details before it is submitted to Gift Services and the Payroll Office.

Information received in payroll by the 10th of the month, expect your deduction to begin the following month. If received after the 10th of the month, deduction will be taken within 60 days. Steps to cancel or modify deduction: Send an email to with "request to cancel/modify deduction" in the subject line, and include your employee ID in the Message body. Gift Services will contact you if they encounter problems processing your request or they require any further clarification.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gift Services at 510.643.9789 or by e-mail at .

Q: I can’t find the fund I want to donate to by searching, what do I do?

A: At the present time, only UC Berkeley Foundation funds are available through You can still make a donation to your fund by completing and sending in this standard form [PDF 255KB]. In the ”Special Instructions for this gift“ field, provide as much information as you can about the gift you are trying to make. A University representative will contact you if they cannot determine a proper match.

Q: How can I find out if my company has a matching gifts program?

A: You can look up your company in our employer matching gift search by clicking here.

Q: Can I make multiple donations in the same credit card transaction?

A: Unfortunately, we can only support one gift per credit card transaction at this time. We are working to expand the functionality of our online giving site, thank you for your patience.

Q: Is a portion of my gift used for administrative purposes?

A: A portion of your philanthropic gift, 5 percent, is allocated to support our fundraising efforts. This level compares favorably to those at other UC schools and select institutions. One half of this amount is directed to fundraising operations at the school, college or program benefiting from your gift, and the other half to further investments in development campuswide.

Fundraising efforts at UC Berkeley have generated about $7 for each dollar spent over the past five years. Your support enables us to renew the university’s public mission and world-class excellence for generations to come.