“I love you hills of Berkeley,
With scattered flower and oaken tree…”

—from a student poem,
Blue and Gold, 1903–04

Chancellor Dirks over painted Big C
Rally Committee students and their freshly painted Big C
The Campaign for Berkeley logo

Welcome to the Charter Hill Society — a group of alumni, parents, and friends who share a lasting affinity for the University of California, Berkeley and an extraordinary commitment to preserving and enhancing its excellence in education, research, and public service. Your total annual giving during the fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) to any school, college, department, or program on the Berkeley campus establishes and sustains your membership in this special philanthropic circle.

Thanks to you, the society is uniquely powerful in its impact on the university, much like its namesake: the hill just above Cal’s Memorial Stadium that provides such a majestic view of the Berkeley campus, San Francisco Bay, and Golden Gate Bridge.

From below, Charter Hill is immediately identifiable by the gold block “C” that has graced its western slope for more than 100 years — ever since the sophomore and freshman classes of 1905 put aside their rivalry to construct it. Since then, the Charter Hill and the “Big C” have been beloved features of the campus landscape and symbols of the university’s founding ideals, strong sense of community, and unwavering spirit.

Charter Hill Society GOLDS Membership for New Alums and Current Students

GOLDS (Graduates Of the Last Decade and Students) membership celebrates recent alums and students. If you are a current UC Berkeley student or alum who graduated in the last decade, you’re eligible to join the Charter Hill Society at a reduced minimum level of giving:

  • $250 for current students or alums who graduated in the last 1 to 4 years (Graduation years: 2019–2022)
  • $500 for alums who graduated in the last 5 to 9 years (Graduation years: 2014–2018)