Berkeley Rotary


Who we are

We're diverse. Our members represent a broad spectrum of ethnicities, age, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds.

We have a variety of professional members: Entrepreneurs, technology specialists, doctors, lawyers, CPAs, educators, investment managers, real estate agents, artists, and UC Berkeley faculty and staff. New members are joining all the time!

What we do

We do service - locally and internationally. We clean up parks, plant trees, remodel community centers and schools, provide scholarships, run a free healthcare clinic, and more! Our club members have learned how to be global citizens by working shoulder-to-shoulder on long-term projects in Mexico, Guatemala, Russia, and beyond!

We have great speakers. Berkeley is located at the epicenter of education and innovation. We get to hear top-notch presentations on a wide range of topics.

We have fun. New to town? Looking to meet new people or expand your network? We have at least 100 new friends for you right here. Join us for lunch, happy hour, a social activity, a fundraiser, or a community service event and feel right at home.

How we do it

The work of Berkeley Rotary is the result of a successful formula: volunteerism, philanthropy, partnership, and networks.  Each leverages the others.

Volunteerism. We have almost no overhead expenses.  We have no paid staff and no office.  Many of our members are active or retired professionals who bring their management and other skills to our activities.  We plan our activities in members’ homes or offices, by phone or email; as always, we meet as a Club every Wednesday.  We supply hands-on volunteer labor for every project.

Philanthropy.  We have a corpus of donations from past years, of about $300,000, from which we are restricted to use only the annual investment income.  We also have a restricted fund for college scholarships. Much of the money for our community projects comes from our dues and fundraising.  This year, we are able to donate about $120,000.

Partnerships and Networks.  Most of the projects we do are the result of partnerships with other Rotary clubs or community groups. Because our members tend to be leaders in business, academics and the larger community, we often receive both monetary and in-kind contributions in goods and services from our friends and acquaintances to accomplish our community goals. Our personal relationships, and the reputation of Rotary, make things possible beyond an assignable dollar value.