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Natalie Silverstein
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October 22, 2009

Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund announces $5 million grant to UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy

San Francisco (October 22, 2009) - To further expand UC Berkeley's prestigious Goldman School of Public Policy, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund has authorized a $5 million grant, bringing the Fund's total investment in the school to more than $15 million.

In 1997, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund contributed $10 million, which resulted in the school's name change and enabled the expansion of its student body, faculty and facilities and helped to enhance its national standing. Since then, the school has regularly appeared at the top of public policy graduate school rankings with Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School, both of which boast at least twice the number of full-time faculty as the Goldman School. Today, about half of the school's full-time faculty members are currently advising or have advised the Obama administration on key public policy decisions. With the renewed interest in public policy careers as a result of unprecedented grassroots involvement in the 2008 presidential election and the onslaught of complex new policy and economic challenges facing the US, applications to the graduate program are up almost 30% and interest in the work of Goldman School faculty continues to increase.

Richard N. Goldman, a lead adviser to the school and founder of the Goldman Fund, said, "We have been so pleased with the growth of the Goldman School. Drawing such well-respected faculty as former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, the school has become recognized as a leader in public policy analysis. We hope that our additional investment will further increase the Goldman School's visibility and encourage more people to seek education and careers in public policy."

"In 1997 the extraordinary generosity of the Goldman Fund made it possible for the Goldman School to construct a new building and to double the size of its Masters program. With this generous new gift, the Goldman School will increase its international outreach, incorporate more science and technology, especially information technology, into the curriculum, and expand its ability to train future policy leaders as well as policy analysts," said Henry E. Brady, Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy.

As the California budget crisis puts pressure on existing UC programs, the Goldman School has initiated a campaign to raise $34 million by 2013 in order to further expand its offerings and maintain its position as a leading public policy institution.

About the Goldman Fund:
Since its establishment in 1951 by San Francisco philanthropists and civic leaders Richard and Rhoda Goldman, the Goldman Fund has contributed more than $600 million dollars to a variety of charitable causes in San Francisco, as well as nationally and internationally. The Fund supports programs that focus on improving the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area, the environment, a dedication to reproductive rights and stabilizing global population, and Jewish affairs.

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