The Wheeler Society
A Strong Tradition of Charitable Support
Planned giving donors have provided essential philanthropic support that has enabled Cal to become one of the world’s great universities. The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society was established in 1987 to recognize and honor these visionary individuals.
Recognizing a Devoted Leader
The Society is named for Benjamin Ide Wheeler, president of the University from 1899 to 1919. Not only did President Wheeler transform Berkeley from a small western public university to one of the most distinguished centers of learning in the nation, he also was responsible for arranging the first life income gift to the University of California – a charitable trust from Jane Sather.
Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society members enjoy an array of benefits. These include exclusive invitations to the summer Wheeler Society Tea hosted by the Chancellor, as well as to other campus athletic and cultural events. Members also receive the Cal Futures newsletter, which contains crucial philanthropic and estate planning information along with engaging stories of how Cal’s alumni and friends are shaping the University’s future.
The 25th Annual Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society Tea webcast features lecturer Dean Brady: "Politics in America: Polarization, the Presidential Race, and the Supreme Court's Decision on Health Care."
Membership is voluntary and without obligation. It is our way of recognizing your remarkable commitment to Cal. If you have questions or would like more information about The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society, please contact us.