The wealth created by LS&CO. has benefited many causes and individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Peter Haas himself has committed much of his life to sharing his fortune with the less fortunate through his philanthropic career as a fundraiser, donor, and supporter.
As a young man, Haas was active in several causes, including Mount Zion Hospital in San Francisco and the Jewish Welfare Federation. His philanthropic career grew rapidly in 1969, when he became chair of the United Way campaign. The campaign raised over $16 million under Haas' leadership - the highest amount United Way would raise for years to come. In 1983, the United Way of America presented the Haas family with the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award, citing the family's "tradition of sharing" and "outstanding achievement in volunteerism."
Haas also brought these fundraising skills to bear on the campus. In addition to the cornerstone gift that named the Haas School, he served as a trustee of the UC Berkeley Foundation and chaired the university's New Century Campaign, raising $480 million of the $1.1 billion total for the Berkeley campus. He and his wife, Mimi, also made a leading gift to the chancellor's discretionary use. In 1996, the UC Berkeley Alumni Association honored Haas as the Alumnus of the Year, an honor he shares with his father and his brother.
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