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Goldman Fund gives $10 million to School of Public Policy

The Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund, one of the Bay Area's leading philanthropies, has donated $10 million to the Graduate School of Public Policy. In honor of the gift, the school has been renamed the Richard & Rhoda Goldman School of Public Policy.

The gift will help meet the cost of improving the school's facilities on Hearst Avenue and launching several new academic and public outreach initiatives.

It will also support an annual Goldman Conference and public service lecture, a fund for visiting scholars and distinguished public figures, and student fellowships and internships.

"This gift will bolster the stature of Berkeley's public policy and government programs, currently matched in quality only by Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs," said Chancellor Berdahl, a specialist in German history and higher education policy, who joined the School of Public Policy faculty upon becoming chancellor in July.

"Our commitment to the practice of good government, combined with our long-standing admiration for the university, led us to support in a meaningful way the School of Public Policy," said Richard Goldman, '41. "In addition, the timing of this grant demonstrates our confidence in the leadership of the new chancellor, Dr. Robert Berdahl."

The Goldman Fund, established by Richard Goldman and his late wife, Rhoda H. Goldman,'46, is the second largest donor to the ongoing $1.1 billion Campaign for the New Century.

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