Giving Opportunities at the College of Natural Resources


With the persistent relevance of CNR’s work to society’s most pressing problems, finding something you can be passionate about supporting is easy. We’d like to make it even easier. Passionate about undergraduate education? Faculty research? Honoring a loved one affiliated with us? We provide a full spectrum of giving opportunities.

We offer many different types of funds, including

Annual Fund

Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources is the College’s Annual Fund. It is a critical source of funding that gives the Dean flexibility to distribute funds where they are most needed to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. Here are several ways your gifts to the Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources support students at the College of Natural Resources.

Restricted Current-Use Funds

Restricted current-use funds are established to support a designated purpose. These funds allow CNR the flexibility to support unique programs and opportunities as they are presented. You may wish to establish a new fund or designate your giving to an existing restricted fund that meets your philanthropic objectives, such as:

Restricted funds that support departmental interest and special programs include:

Student Enrichment Programs

The Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources, CNR's annual fund, supports numerous programs the make the CNR student experience second to none on campus.

Sponsored Projects for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) 
Gifts from CNR alumni and friends provide 100 percent of the support for SPUR grants. This program offers a unique opportunity for undergraduate students and faculty to collaborate on research. 

CNR Field and Lab Experiences 

Gifts to the Annual Fund support CNR Field and Lab Experiences. This is one of the College’s hallmark enrichment programs. Alumni from the 1970s still tell stories about the life-changing experiences they had while participating in these programs. Although classroom learning is essential, personal interactions with people running businesses or making policy decisions challenge students to think critically and apply what they’ve learned in class to real-world issues.

Academic Programs Leading the Undergraduate Success (APLUS)
Gifts to the Annual Fund support initiatives of the Office of Instruction and Student Affairs—Academic Programs Leading to Undergraduate Success (APLUS)—that are designed to increase student success rates within CNR. The overall goal of this effort is to ensure that all students realize their full potential within CNR by increasing the probability for success in courses that are foundational yet present historically serious obstacles to early success even for students who may achieve excellent results later in their careers.

CNR Specific Academic Tutoring Pilot Program
Gifts to the Annual Fund support this new program, launched in the fall 2010 semester, providing CNR-specific tutoring in Chemistry 1A and Chemistry 3A with smaller class sizes, CNR-centric course materials, and a pool of tutors selected from students already in CNR majors.

Student Resource Center 
The Student Resource Center opened its doors in 2009  with a study hall, a computer lab equipped with 10 computers, and free use of the printer and other office supplies, plus a furnished lounge area where students can rest and socialize between classes. This wonderful CNR student hub was made possible by the generous donations of alumni and friends of the College to the Annual Fund.

Faculty Support

Young Faculty Award
The CNR Young Faculty/CE Specialist Award is designed to encourage and recognize excellence in research, teaching, or outreach. Awardees are selected based on their ability to inspire independent and original thinking; enthusiasm and vitality in teaching; development of innovative curricula or educational programs; research and discovery at the highest level; a distinguished publication record; the sharing of knowledge and expertise with external communities; involvement in programs or projects outside of academic responsibility; and commitment to the College’s land grant mission.

Faculty Retention and Recruitment
To ensure that our students continue to receive the best possible education at CNR, it is imperative that the College recruit and retain excellent teachers and researchers. 


Endowed funds provide a permanent source of income to meet the needs of CNR faculty and students. These funds may be named for the donor or someone the donor wishes to honor. Endowed funds are managed by the UC Berkeley Foundation or The Regents of the University of California. Endowments are invested and only a portion of the income is released for a designated purpose. The remaining income is added back to principal so that the endowment grows over time. Endowed funds may be unrestricted or restricted for a specific purpose, such as chairs, distinguished professorships, or fellowships. They may be established through an outright gift of cash or securities or a planned gift or bequest.

Memorial and Honorary Funds

A memorial fund can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life. Typically, memorial funds are established for a specific purpose.

Honorary funds can commemorate someone who is still living or a significant event.

Memorial or honorary gifts may be given to the Berkeley Fund for Natural Resources.

Capital Support

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 campus’s 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: 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, is 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 CNR’s physical and intellectual heart. As the core laboratory facility of UC Berkeley’s Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management (ESPM), Hilgard Hall is home to researchers addressing the pressing environmental issues of our time, including climate change, biodiversity, renewable energy, and sustainable ecosystems 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 on giving opportunities, contact the Office of College Relations at (510) 643-8860 or send an email to