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We know that between all our daily operations, it’s easy to move from one thing to the next without thanking the people who are making our work possible and our days better. When was the last time you were thanked or thanked a colleague or your manager?

What is Pay IT Forward? 

Pay IT Forward is the name of our IT Appreciation Program.  Sponsored by the Office of the CIO, this program makes recognizing your colleague, manager, or student employee working in IT easy, fun, and meaningful.

How does the program work?

  1. Fill out the thank you form.
  2. The person you thank will receive a $25 gift card and your note of recognition.
  3. Your recognition note will be passed to the recipient’s supervisor and the Technology Leadership Council, so the organization's leaders can see our shining stars.
  4. And we'll feature these appreciations on this website!

Why is appreciation important?

Studies show that expressing gratitude makes people happier and healthier. At work, appreciation is a significant driver of job satisfaction and happiness, and engaged staff are more productive. According to the Greater Good Science Center, we aren’t very good at expressing our gratitude to others and are even less likely to do so on the job.

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Program Contact

Please direct questions about this program to Clarissa Fermin, Pay-IT-Forward Program Administrator ( If you are looking to send kudos to someone else on campus who is not in an IT department or role, please visit the UC Berkeley Appreciate page.