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A Strong Tradition of Legacy Giving at Berkeley

Planned giving donors have provided essential philanthropic support, helping Cal become one of the world’s great universities. The Benjamin Ide Wheeler Society (or Wheeler Society) was established in 1987 to recognize and honor these visionary individuals.

Read Wheeler Society donor stories.

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 public university to one of the most distinguished centers of learning in the world, he also arranged the first life income gift to the University of California — a charitable trust from Jane Sather.

Stay Connected

Wheeler Society members enjoy an array of benefits. These include exclusive invitations to such campus events as the annual Luncheon each summer. Members also receive the Cal Futures newsletter, containing engaging stories of how Cal’s alumni and friends are shaping the university’s future. And, every January, Wheeler members receive a Benefits Booklet that allows them complimentary access and discounts to be used across campus for the entire calendar year.

Contact Us

Membership is voluntary and without obligation. It is our way of recognizing your remarkable commitment to Cal. More information can be found in our Wheeler Society brochure. Download the brochure now or request one to be mailed to you.

Is Berkeley already included in your estate plan but you’re not yet a Wheeler member? Let us know!