Help Make a Difference

During the COVID-19 UC Botanical Garden Closure, our unique plant collection has been expertly maintained by our talented horticultural staff, who have continued to be paid even though the Garden was generating little income. In support of these salaries, the UC Botanical Garden has recently received a generous donation to create the UC Botanical Garden Horticultural Staff Salary Support Fund in order to ensure the continued employment of the staff who care for the collection. With your forward-thinking support we can make a collective difference in ensuring the future of this unique Garden. Any amount will make a real difference—especially in these uncertain times.

Thank you for all you do!
Lew Feldman, Garden Director

Support the Garden

Thank you for considering a gift to the UC Botanical Garden. Donors like you enable the Garden to offer programs and lectures, conduct tours, engage in research and conservation efforts, and open our gates to approximately 80,000 visitors annually. With your support, the Garden will continue to inspire, educate, and thrive as a world-class living museum.

Garden and UC representatives are available to assist you in navigating the many giving options and structuring a gift that is right for you.

A tip from Jon Hartung: Donations paid out of IRA RMD distributions reduce income by the amount of the donation, rather than getting a deduction.

Honor & Remember

Memorial and honorary gifts can help perpetuate the values and ideals that guided someone’s life, commemorate a significant event, or honor someone who is still living. Families of those so honored will be notified of your gift; the amount, however, remains a private matter.

Tribute Gifts

Tribute gifts are an enduring way to honor cherished friends and family and to recognize special occasions. Become a part of the Garden and establish a lasting remembrance with a tribute brick, bench, or tree adoption.

University Guidance on making a Gift to the UC Botanical Garden:

Tax ID Number

The UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the University of California, operating under the tax id of the UC Berkeley Foundation: 94-6090626

Matching Gift Information

Maximize your contribution by participating in your employer’s matching gift program. The Garden qualifies as a recipient of support from many companies including those that only give to educational organizations as we operate under the auspices of the UC Regents.

Gifts of Appreciated Securities

Gifts of appreciated securities offer a number of advantages over a cash gift. To make arrangements for your gift or to ask questions please contact: UC Berkeley Senior Gift Steward Phone: (510) 642-6791 E-mail:

Gift Planning

A planned gift may enable you to make a more significant gift than you thought possible while at the same time allowing you to achieve your financial, philanthropic, and estate planning goals. Please let us know if you have named the Garden as a beneficiary of your estate or if you would like help with options. (510) 643-2937

IRA Charitable Rollover

Individuals age 70½ or over can make gifts of up to $100,000 directly from their IRAs to the Garden without having to report the distribution as taxable income on their income tax return so long as certain restrictions are met. Please contact your tax advisor for more information regarding tax status of the gift. Please contact the following campus officials for IRA gift instructions.Cash Gifts from your IRA: Kimberly Vawter, Associate Director, Gift Planning Phone: (510) 642-6300 Email:  Stock Gifts from your IRA: UC Berkeley Senior Gift Steward Phone: (510) 642-6791 Fax: (510) 643-6770 E-mail: