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Established in 1957 with funding from the Carnegie Corporation as the world's first research and policy institute devoted to the comprehensive study of higher education, CSHE is a multi-disciplinary research center that has had a major impact on scholarship and policy.

Despite the closure of the Berkeley campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Center for Studies in Higher Education remains a vibrant organization engaged in timely work. In fact, with the uncertain near term future of in-person higher education and with the severe financial stresses now facing all universities, public and private, this is the ideal moment for CSHE to have maximum impact on higher education policy.

Your generosity allows us to grow our programs and strengthen the Center’s public service role as a resource on higher education. CSHE is proud to introduce the option of planned giving, which enables you to give in a way that uniquely combines your philanthropic and financial goals.

CSHE Funds:

The CSHE Clark Kerr Fund

Clark Kerr helped to establish CSHE in 1957 when he was the Berkeley Chancellor. This fund provides general support for the Center’s activities, including:

  • New multidisciplinary and international comparative research initiatives on strategic issues facing higher education.
  • Preparing and inspiring the next generation of national and international leaders in higher education through our Berkeley Institutes on Higher Education and Executive Leadership Academy.

The CSHE Visiting Scholar Fund

The Visiting Scholars program continues to attract innovative and talented faculty and researchers from around the globe. This fund provides support for these scholars, promotes the Center’s research productivity, and helps to support the CSHE Alumni Network. See the CSHE Visiting Scholars Program to see recent and past visiting researchers and colleagues.

The Executive Leadership Academy Fund

The Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) prepares visionary higher education leaders to guide their institutions in an increasingly multicultural and global environment. It is designed for individuals from all backgrounds who are interested in preparing themselves for appointments to executive positions such as dean, vice president, provost, president, and chancellor. Leaders in this new environment must have the knowledge and skills to work with individuals from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds. Since ELA was founded in 2011, 376 fellows have graduated from the program. Many of them have applied their insights from the Academy to their career development or to benefit their institutions. Most recently, Vernon Harper Jr. (link is external) who graduated from ELA in 2017 was appointed Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at California State University, Bakersfield! The donations obtained here will help to off-set the costs of travel and tuition for those accepted into the program but need financial assistance to attend.

Planned Giving

You can contact Helena Brykarz who will connect you to Samantha Meritt at UC Berkeley’s Office of Gift Planning. You may also contact Samantha directly (contact information below), who will assist you in selecting a gift plan that best suits your goals and will introduce you to a range of gift options. Together, we will continue to make important contributions to higher education leadership and policy — now and for generations to come.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Receive fixed lifetime payments and significant tax benefits.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Make a substantial gift and create a flexible source of income for you or a loved one.

Donor Advised Fund

Make a tax-deductible donation of cash, stocks or other assets and support any IRS-qualified public charity.

IRA Charitable Rollover

You can give to Berkeley directly from your IRA account without paying income tax, as long as you meet a few tax code requirements.

Lifetime Gift of Insurance

You can designate Berkeley as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or transfer ownership of a fully paid policy to Berkeley.

Publicly Traded Securities

A gift of publicly traded securities can provide substantial tax savings.

Real Estate

Make a significant contribution to Berkeley with a gift of residential, commercial, or undeveloped real estate.

Retirement Plan

Designate Berkeley as a beneficiary of a retirement plan account and avoid income tax your beneficiaries would otherwise have to pay. 

Will/Living Trust

Give to Berkeley through a bequest without reducing your assets or affecting your cash flow during your lifetime.

Office of Gift Planning

Samantha C. Meritt
University of California, Berkeley
Office of Gift Planning
1995 University Ave., Suite 401
Berkeley, California 94704-1058

Phone:510-642-6300 or 800-200-0575