There are many ways you can make a meaningful gift to the Garden and we are here to help. Please see the giving options below and reach out to the Garden’s Director of Development Krista Vossekuil, CFRE at 510-643-2937 or kristav@berkeley.edu if you have any questions or need assistance. Please note that the UC Botanical Garden is a unit of the University of California, operating under the tax id of the UC Berkeley Foundation: 94-6090626.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring gifts create a reliable source of funding, enabling us to better plan for the support and care of our collections. To sign up for a recurring gift, you must visit UC Berkeley Foundation’s giving webpage and search Botanical Garden or click here. Begin to make your gift in the form provided then select “Recurring.” From there, you can select frequency (monthly, quarterly, annually) and duration (until I cancel or until a specific date).

The Garden is unable to keep credit cards on file so we appreciate donors using UC Berkeley Foundation’s system. Thank you!

Corporate Matching Gifts & Workplace Giving

The Garden is grateful for its donors who make matching gifts and/or payroll deductions. To learn if your employer matches, please visit give.berkeley.edu/faq and scroll to the bottom of the page under Employer Matching Gift Search.

You may also contact your employer’s HR department. For more information or next steps, reach out to the Garden’s director of development at kristav@berkeley.edu or matchinggifts@berkeley.edu

Donor Advised Funds

We welcome gifts from Donor Advised Funds (DAFs). Please visit your DAF’s website to submit your gift recommendation. If you see a selection of UC Berkeley options listed on your DAF’s site:

Search for “UC Berkeley Foundation” or by the EIN 94-6090626. If you see multiple options for UC Berkeley Foundation, you may select the UC Botanical Garden. If you don’t see an option for the Garden, don’t worry. Your gift will be directed as you instruct in the text field provided on your DAF’s grant recommendation form.

Here is some additional key information you’ll need to provide:

  • The amount of your gift

  • The name of the unit (UC Botanical Garden) and fund (eg Annual Fund)

  • Checks must be made payable to the UC Berkeley Foundation and mailed to the address below:

    • UC Berkeley Foundation Gift Services

      1995 University Avenue, Suite 400

      Berkeley, CA 94704-1070

  • The tax identification number for the UC Berkeley Foundation is 94-6090626.

If you have any questions, you or your DAF can contact UC Berkeley Gift Services at 510-643-9789 or gifthelp@berkeley.edu. Please email the Garden’s Director of Development about your gift so they can confirm its arrival: kristav@berkeley.edu

Gifts of Stock or From Your IRA

Gifts of stock or gifts from your IRA are an easy way to give to the Garden while realizing significant tax benefits.

Our primary and preferred brokerage account is with Morgan Stanley, and is appropriate for most gifts of securities. All transfers of mutual funds must be sent to our Morgan Stanley account. If you intend on transferring mutual funds, always contact us at 510.642.6791 immediately as certain steps must be taken before the transfer is initiated. Download Morgan Stanley securities transfer form.

The UC Berkeley Foundation also has a brokerage account with Charles Schwab primarily for our donors who have Schwab accounts. Download Charles Schwab securities transfer form.

When you have filled out a transfer form, please (1) provide a copy to your broker and (2) email a copy to us at givesecurities@berkeley.edu. We cannot sell securities without first identifying the donor. The form includes designation information, please write in “UC Botanical Garden.”

If you have questions, please call 510.642.6791 or email givesecurities@berkeley.edu.

Digital Currency (Cryptocurrency)

The UC Botanical Garden via the UC Berkeley Foundation can accept gifts of digital currency, and utilizes two platforms, Coinbase and Binance, to help facilitate and liquidate the assets.

To begin the process, please email givesecurities@berkeley.edu, with the following information:

  • Your name, postal address, phone number, and email address

  • Quantity and type of digital currency you’d like to donate

  • Estimated value of the gift in US Dollars

  • Where you would like your gift allocated

  • The name of your primary campus contact/fundraiser, if you have one

  • We will get back to you as quickly as possible to confirm the details and to provide you with transfer instructions.

For purposes of recording your donation, we value each donation based on the mean market value of the digital currency type on the day the asset was received in our account. Net proceeds of the sale, minus the campus philanthropic allocation, are allocated to the fund you select. You’ll receive an acknowledgment letter along with IRS Form 8283 (as the IRS considers gifts of digital currency to be property).

Donate Your Private Collection

Please send an email with collection information to the Garden’s Director of Development Krista Vossekuil, CFRE at kristav@berkeley.edu

Gifts From Abroad

UC Berkeley welcomes support from alumni and friends across the globe. Give by credit card, or visit light.berkeley.edu/FAQ to learn more ways to give from Canada, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and Greater Europe.