Pivotal to the success of the 1999-2000 development program was the tremendous show of support from alumni, board, and friends of I-House in response to a $300,000 seismic safety renovation challenge grant from the Mark Ross Foundation. One hundred and sixty-nine gifts were given to reach the goal and provide $600,000 in capital funds for the House’s seismic projects.

Income from room and board fees comprise 70 percent of International House’s income, while 12 percent is derived from contributions. This year, gifts to the Annual Fund exceeded $332,000, in response to our mail appeals, newsletter, annual report and alumni programs. In addition, $531,000 was raised in restricted gifts for scholarships and capital improvements. A total of one thousand and sixty-four donors contributed generously to International House this year.

A popular and meaningful way to support International House is through the financial aid program for residents. In many cases, being selected for a scholarship award determines whether a resident can continue his or her studies at Cal. This year 55 international students and 38 U.S. residents received financial assistance. Thirty emergency loans were awarded to assist students who had unexpected financial need. A special note of appreciation to those alumni and friends who have established scholarship endowments making it possible for I-House to award over $50,000 in financial support this year.

One of the most popular and enduring programs administered by the Development Office is the Elderhostel Program. The two seven-day programs were attended by over 80 participants, many of whom were former residents of I-House. While staying in the resident rooms at the House, first session Elderhostelers enjoyed Early Music concerts, lectures and private performances. In the second week, International affairs, health and well-being, and East Bay attractions keep the group engaged.
The 70th Anniversary Recognition and Awards Gala was again a highlight of the year’s events. This year’s honorees were Alumna of the Year Ms. Julianne Cartwright Traylor, ’69, current Chair of the Board of Directors for Amnesty International, USA and Organization of the Year The Mark Ross Foundation represented by alumnus Thomas Miller, ’39. Chancellor Robert M. Berdahl served the evening’s host, and welcomed keynote speaker Mr. Lowell Bergman, a special correspondent to PBS’ “Frontline” documentary series and formerly senior investigative producer for CBS News. His work has included topics ranging from international trade in toxic waste and drugs, to the revolution in Nicaragua, The recent feature film The Insider chronicles tobacco executive Jeffrey Wigand’s relationship with “60 Minutes” producer Bergman, who risked his career to air an interview with Wigand. Thanks to many loyal supporters, the Gala raised over $68,000!