What is a gift?

UDAR is the only unit on campus who can accept and sign gifts on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley.

  • In general, gifts are given with no expectation of anything tangible or intangible in return.

  • Gifts are motivated by philanthropic intent, i.e., the donor intends to make the donation.

  • While a donor can give to a specific purpose, including a research project, gifts to research should not include a line item budget and/or the requirement for detailed financial accountability back to the donor.

  • Research gifts are assessed a 10.5% research administrative fee (Cal ID & passphrase required). See below for more detail on research gifts. 

  • Research gifts agreements are reviewed and approved by Fund Management in UDAR. Fund Management reserves the right to edit externally generated agreements, as needed, to ensure all language is acceptable to the University of California.

Learn more about who can accept gifts.