College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Giving to CNR

Creating a Sustainable World

The faculty of our diverse programs – ranked among the very top in their respective fields – is training tomorrow’s leaders in sustainability. But to continue this tradition of excellence, CNR must recruit and retain the sharpest and most visionary minds.

By investing in CNR, you can play a key role in preserving a thriving, healthy world for future generations.

Campaign News

  • Raised $27 million during the "quiet" phase of the Campaign
  • Raised $37 million of $72 million goal
  • Created two Hewlett Challenge chairs
  • More campaign news in the Annual Report

Giving Opportunities

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All gifts to CNR are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

Special Project and Unrestricted Support

The College of Natural Resources seeks to raise $2.2 million to fund classroom and field technology innovations and provide unrestricted support for other college priorities.

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Student Support

Subhajit Poddar

“Once I began working with mutant strains of algae, I was totally hooked.”

Your support makes Subhajit's research possible! Thank you for supporting Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research.

CNR must raise funds to attract and support top graduate students and provide undergraduates with opportunities for laboratory and field research, along with financial assistance for those who need it.

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Are you UC Berkeley faculty, emeriti faculty, staff, retired staff, or a student?

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Faculty Support

Rosemary Gillespie holds the William M. and Esther G. Schlinger Chair in Systematic Entomology.

Her research focuses on evolutionary ecology, systematics, spider biology, and conservation.

CNR plans to raise private support to recruit and retain outstanding faculty, which requires being able to offer competitive salaries, teaching funds, and research support.

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Interdisciplinary Research and Program Support

CNR can sustain and expand the interdisciplinary institutes, academic centers of excellence, and international programs that are essential to effective faculty collaboration and societal outreach.

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Capital Project Support

CNR Strategic Facilities Plan

CNR seeks to raise funds to make critical infrastructure renovations and technology upgrades, to improve its research and classroom facilities, and to preserve some of California's most beautiful and historic academic buildings. In the fall of 2010, CNR completed its first capital improvement project on the ground floor of Morgan Hall – home to our Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology. This was the campuses first LEED Certified laboratory renovation and the College anticipates this project will be certified Gold LEED. We are particularly proud of this first project because it is in alignment with our vision and values at CNR – in creating a sustainable planet.

Recently, CNR also completed a facilities strategic plan that outlines the many challenges as well as opportunities for the College to improve its aging infrastructure. Through this process CNR has identified Hilgard Hall as the next major capital improvement project. Inscribed on the west façade of Hilgard Hall, a stunning architectural achievement of John Galen Howard, reads the motto: “To rescue for human society the native values of rural life.” Built in 1917, this 77,000-square-foot laboratory building lies at the physical and intellectual heart of CNR’s efforts to sustain the planet. As the core laboratory facility of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, Hilgard Hall is home to researchers addressing the pressing environmental issues of our time, including climate change, biodiversity, renewable energy, and sustainable ecosystem management. They are also providing the science that informs California as the national leader in environmental policy.

Our vision for Hilgard Hall is a building—held to the highest standards in green design—that accommodates cutting-edge work in environmental chemistry, hydrology, and biological science. Beneath its historic façade, the new Hilgard Hall’s modern research space will foster interaction and discovery among ESPM researchers and students.

If you would like to support the Hilgard Hall project please contact Kathryn Moriarty Baldwin at 510-643-6641.

For more information please contact the Office of College Relations at (510) 643-8860, or email

How to Give

Make a secure online gift now

Online: Visit The Campaign for Natural Resources to find giving opportunities that match your interests.

Or, make a gift now to the Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources.

Mail: Please make checks out to "The College of Natural Resources" and in the subject line please write the name of the fund or area of giving to which you would like to contribute (e.g., "Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources", "Forestry Teaching Fund").

College of Natural Resources
Office of College Relations
101 Giannini Hall, MC 3100
Berkeley, CA 94720

Phone: 510-643-8860
Fax: 510-642-4612

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