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As state funding has declined over the past decade, the Astronomy Department has increasingly relied on the generosity of alumni and friends to maintain excellence in research and teaching. Your support will ensure that Berkeley Astronomy continues to thrive in the years to come.

We invite you to make a gift to one of our funding priorities, listed below, or to a priority of your choice:

Student Observatory Fund: The new Student Observatory Fund is a vitally important investment in our future. It will sustain our new teaching observatory on the rooftop of New Campbell Hall and also upgrade our undergraduate lab and associated telescope facilities for our majors.

Friends of UC Berkeley Astronomy: This unrestricted fund gives the department Chair the flexibility to allocate spending and resources on the highest priorities and new opportunities that arise. The fund supports important initiatives that benefit both students and faculty, including mentorship programs, conferences, technology upgrades, department activities and much more.

New Campbell Hall: Though the building itself has been funded, additional donations are needed for programmatic and facility enhancements. The new building will play a key role in inspiring and educating the next generation of astronomers.

Research: Until the Student Observatory Fund is fully funded, it remains our highest priority. We realize, however, that some of our donors are inspired to give to research. Please contact us if you would like to explore the option of supporting a faculty member or a specific line of research.


Corporate Matching Gift Program: Many employers of all sizes will match your gifts to UC Berkeley. Consult the employer matching-gift search page for further details.

New Alumni Challenge: Donations made by any undergraduate or graduate alumni from the Classes of 2008-09 to 2011-12 are eligible to be matched at a 1:1 ratio up to $1,000. Donations made by new alumni from the class of 2012-13 will be matched at an even higher 2:1 ratio.

Endowment Matching Programs: Endowments created for student support can be named in recognition of the donor or another honoree and may be eligible for matching through the following programs:

  • The Graduate Fellowship Matching Program for gifts of $50K or more.
  • The William and Grace Ford Undergraduate Scholarship Matching Program for endowments of $100K.

To make a donation online go to:
If you want your donation to be directed to a specific program, please indicate it in the "instructions" field.

To make a donation by mail:
Send a check, made out to UC Berkeley Foundation, to B-20 Hearst Field Annex MS 3411, Berkeley, CA 94720-3411. Attention: Imke de Pater

For more information about ways to support astrophysics and cosmology at Berkeley, please contact Mary Almestad, College of Letters and Science, or Imke de Pater, Astronomy Department.