You can make your Big Give gift go further at I-House

Big Give - International House Match

Big Give is on Thursday, March 8th, but you can help us spread the word now!

Dear I-House Friends,

We are in the final countdown for UC Berkeley’s Big Give, a 24-hour online fundraising blitz. All online donations made to International House between 9 pm PST on Wednesday, March 7th and 9 pm PST on Thursday, March 8th will be counted toward Big Give.

Check out this video made by current I-House residents Claire Liow and Joyce Lee. Please share the video to help spread the word on your own networks!

There are many ways to participate on Big Give Day:

1. Make a gift of $10 or more to I-House at
In honor of our 88th Anniversary, the first 88 donations to I-House on Big Give day will be matched with an additional $100 by Susan Klee and the Berkeley Club of Switzerland. Please help us hit our goal of surpassing 88 donations. This support enables us to expand our programs and provide financial aid so others can be a part of the I-House experience.

2. Share your favorite “I-House Moment” on Social Media. Seize the moment with a photo or short video and share on Instagram and Twitter with both #CalBigGive and #InternationalHouse hashtags to help I-House win contests! (See below.)

3. I-House Moments Lunch in the Dining Commons
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Your I-House experience is made up of many memorable moments. Moments of realization. Moments of glory. A-ha moments of truth and moments you will remember for the rest of your days. Was it when you attended an event, moved into I-House, met your roommate for the first time, had coffee with friends during Coffee Hour?  We would love to record your I-House memories on video and photos on Thursday, March 8th from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. Lunch is $10 at the door for non-I-House residents and $8 for I-House alumni.

Big Give I-House Alumni Contest
One lucky I-House alum who donates on Big Give day will win an I-House gift bag full of swag.
Contest details: Winner will be selected after 3/9/18 and contacted by phone or email.
For more ways to help, see

Campus-wide Contests
To add competitive fun to Big Give, there are campus-wide contests where you can help I-House win additional funds.

See all contests at: We appreciate donations at any time during Big Give, but here are a few contest highlights:

Time (PST) Contest Prize
5–6 am Random international donor $1,500
9 am Wed.–
9 am Thu.
Random original Tweet filling in the blank:
“#InternationalHouse deserves #CalBigGive $ bc _________.”
10–11 am What’s your I-House Berkeley moment? Tell us on UC Berkeley’s Big Give Facebook post. Most inspirational comment wins! $1,000

Big thanks for all of your support! ♥

Joy Iwasa Angela Rauch Laurie Ferris Laurel Anderson Melissa Chan
Joy Iwasa
Director of Development
& Communications
Angela Rauch
Fundraising and Events Coordinator
Laurie Ferris
Communications Strategist
Laurel Anderson
Communications Coordinator
Melissa Chan
Development & Prospect Research Analyst


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About Laurie Ferris

As the Communications Strategist for International House at UC Berkeley, I share stories online and in our I-House Times Newsletter. I created this blog for alumni, residents, and staff to share the I-House experience with the UC Berkeley community and beyond. If you would like to contribute a guest post, please contact me at Share the I-House love! ♥
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