Will/Living Trust

Make a gift to Berkeley through your living trust or will without reducing your assets or affecting your cash flow during your lifetime.

How it works


You work with the Office of Gift Planning to include a gift benefitting Berkeley in your revocable (living) trust or will.


When we receive your gift, we will use it to support the campus in the way you have designated.


Your legacy lives on as you help secure Berkeley’s future.

How you benefit

  • Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime.
  • You can modify gifts through your will or living trust during your lifetime if necessary.
  • You can direct your revocable (living) trust or will to provide unrestricted support for the campus or to support the programs that are most important to you, such as scholarships or fellowships.
  • Your gift is potentially eligible for an estate tax deduction.

Even though you’re not an alumnus, we’re happy you found a home at Cal.

Bill and Grace Ford
Bill and Grace Ford

With these words, former Chancellor Robert Berdahl aptly characterized the deep attachment the late Bill Ford felt toward Berkeley for more than six decades. Bill’s connection to Cal — and that of his late wife, Grace ’37 — has always been, first and foremost, a family one. Bill was born in 1915 on a farm near Trenton, Missouri. Upon his high school graduation, he headed to California; within a month of his arrival, he was off again, working as a …

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