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Leadership Giving


As parents of two Bears — Spencer ’12 and Connor ’16 — we feel great pride in the university’s excellence, having watched our sons each reflect back unique aspects of the Berkeley experience. We hope that you, as fellow Berkeley parents, feel the same.

We are honored to chair the Parent’s Leadership Circle (PLC), a group of dedicated current and past Cal parents who have made the university one of their family’s philanthropic priorities. As members of the PLC, you make an annual gift at one of the following levels.

  • Chancellor’s Level: $25,000 or more
  • Benefactor’s Level: $20,000–$24,999
  • Patron’s Level: $10,000–$19,999
  • Member Level: $5,000–$9,999

PLC members attend the annual Leadership Breakfast held over Parents Weekend at Homecoming; are invited to campus events with university leaders; and have access to a campus liaison in the Cal Parents Office. Membership in the PLC also qualifies you for membership in The Charter Hill Society, Berkeley’s campuswide donor recognition program.

We hope you’ll consider joining us in catalyzing a culture of engagement and philanthropy at Berkeley.

Go Bears!
—Shawn Christianson
—Philip McLeod
2015–16 PLC Chairs

For more information on leadership giving opportunities and other ways to leave your family’s legacy, contact Jason Smith at