30th Anniversary Fundraising Challenge

We are proud to announce an inspiring challenge gift.  Alums Heather Podesta ‘93, and Peter Sidebottom ’85, have each pledged to match Gardner Fellow alum contributions up to $75,000 over the next five years.  That is, if in those 5 years, Gardner Fellowship alums contribute $150,000, Heather and Peter will donate $150,000, raising a total of $300,000.  And if 95% of alums donate, Heather and Peter will add an additional $30,000 to their pledge.  We are grateful to Heather and Peter for making such a significant gift.


All donations from this drive will be donated to the UC Berkeley John Gardner Fellowship Program, which has faced an ongoing challenge of funding its three fellows. Please help stave off the crisis mode of fundraising at UC Berkeley by helping to fund the next generation of public service leaders.




To make an online gift using a major credit card, please visit:



By Mail

Checks made payable to the UC Regents can be sent to the:

John Gardner Fellowship Next Generation Fund

c/o Institute of Governmental Studies

122 Moses Hall, # 2370

Berkeley, CA 94720-2370


For more information, please contact Terri Bimes, John Gardner Fellowship Administrator at UC Berkeley: 510-642-3233.




The University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University jointly established the John Gardner Public Service Fellowship Program in 1985 to encourage new Stanford and UC Berkeley graduates to invest their talent, energy, and training in public service. Each spring, six graduating seniors (three from Berkeley and three from Stanford), are selected as John Gardner Public Service Fellows.  Fellows are awarded $30,000 for a ten-month assignment with a senior figure in a government or nonprofit agency.  In 2003, fellowship alumni established the John Gardner Fellowship Association.



The mission of the John Gardner Fellowship Association (JGFA) is to:


- Promote the values and ideals exemplified by John Gardner.

- Bring together members for the purpose of renewal and


- Encourage and support the ongoing involvement of its

  members in public service.

- Ensure the Fellowship program has adequate resources for


- Engage the universities and members to fulfill the goals of the 




  • “We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life.”

    - John W. Gardner