JON ’02 AND DENISE ’02 FAN
For Jon Fan, being connected to UC Berkeley is all he’s ever known — he’s a lifelong resident of Berkeley and the son of two Cal alumni. His bond with the campus strengthened considerably when he enrolled as a student and met his wife, Denise, while playing together on their dorm’s intramural basketball team.
“We both regard Cal as a transformational experience in our lives,” says Jon, a product manager at a software company. “It played a big part in who we are today.”
These days, the Fans happily give back — across the campus — to the institution that gave them so much. “We’ve focused on areas that we relate to the most,” says Denise, the corporate controller of a restaurant group. “We donate to Cal volleyball because we love the sport and want to support the student-athletes in a sport that may not get as much funding as the major ones. Our engineering gifts are a nod to Jon’s studies. And we donate to scholarships because we understand what it’s like when financial means are a major obstacle to one’s pursuit of a quality education.”
Jon and Denise have a passion for supporting minority, low-income, and underrepresented students. “Cal provides us with a great opportunity to do just that,” says Jon. “The university plays a big part in our overall philanthropic priorities each year.”