Endowment funds of the University and Jepson Herbaria

Funding for current programs and future generations

     The endowment funds of the University and Jepson Herbaria, built up since 1931 with gifts from individuals and former Directors, Curators, and staff, have a history of successful management with steady long term growth. There are 13 individual endowment funds, each with its own emphasis. The payout from each fund, approximately 3.5% per year, may be spent, but the principal of the original gifts will remain intact in perpetuity.

     These funds provide significant capacity to the faculty, staff, and students of the Herbaria and are essential to keeping the Herbaria at the leading edge of floristic studies, data management, public outreach, and curation and care of botanical collections.

     Specifically, the endowments support the following positions and programs: The Jepson Curator, the Tucker Curator of Lichenology, visiting scholars in the Silva Center for Phycological Documentation, research on the vascular plants of California and western North America, fern and bryophyte research and curation, and infrastructure and care of the collections.

     Areas in need of new endowment support include the Jepson eFlora and the Jepson Workshop program.


For more information on how to contribute to the endowment funds with individual gifts, IRA distributions, beneficiary designations, and estate gifts, please contact:

Staci Markos
Assistant Director for Development & Outreach
Jepson Herbarium
1001 VLSB #2465
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-2465

(510) 643-7008


The Office of Planned Giving

(510) 642-6300

Sample language for a bequest to the University and Jepson Herbaria is available for download here (if PDF does not open, please check your downloads folder).