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Michael Colvin and New Alumni Challenge

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Michael Colvin, Environmental Economics ’05 and Master of Public Policy ’07, was among the very first new CNR alumni to commit to the New Alumni Challenge, a 3:1 matching program that quadruples the donations of recent graduates.

The match, provided by the trustees of the UC Berkeley Foundation, multiplies the impact of gifts up to $1,000 made by graduates of the Classes of 2005–2009 and the Class of 2010 in their Senior Gift efforts.

Colvin, now an energy and climate change policy analyst for the state of California, says he loves working in the public sector. “I get to make a difference on important emerging issues that I am passionate about, on issues that actually matter, thanks to my time at Cal,” he says. “But working for the state doesn’t really allow me to make much of a financial contribution back to the campus that gave me so much, especially this early in my career.”

Colvin initially thought the small contribution he could afford would not have much impact — he worried that it would just be a drop in the bucket. “But I also feel it is important to give back so that future classes have the same great opportunities that I had.”

“I was really excited to learn about the 3:1 match. This is perfect for new alums like me, because it stretches our small donations into a lot more.” Colvin figured that as a 2005 graduate, he could take pride in the symbolism of making a $20.05 gift. After the Trustees’ match, that means more than $80 for the Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources.

“I want UC Berkeley to thrive,” Colvin says. “I take great pride in calling myself a CNR alum; I want it to mean just as much 10 years from now as it does today, and I think my gift will help make certain that it does.”



Become part of a community of more than 60,000 alums, parents, and friends of the University who are committed to keeping Cal the #1 public university in the country.

New Alumni Challenge gifts of $250, which will equal $1,000 when matched, make you a member of Cal’s Charter Hill Society and the College of Natural Resources Golden Poppy Circle in the Educator’s Society. These two societies of donors receive special benefits and are committed to preserving and enhancing the excellence of Cal and the College of Natural Resources.

Make your gift today online or contact Donna Chan, (510) 642-6707.


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