The Letterwinners Society of Cal Athletics. Athletes Supporting Athletes.



Q: How can I contact the big c Society® if i experience difficulties using the website, or if I have a question for its support team?

A: Please email us with a description of the difficulty that you’re experiencing or the questions that you have to: Most of the time, we’ll get back to within a few hours. Alternatively, you can call us at +1 (51o) 333-5927.

Q: how do I login, and update my MEMBER contact information?

A: If you’re attempting to login to the updated Big C Society® website for the first time, the first step to accessing the member area (which includes your profile page) is activating your account. In order to activate your account (even if you’ve paid dues by mail previously), you’ll need to (a) set-up your login credentials. Please follow these steps:

  1. Navigate to the round yellow icon at the top right of this page, and select: Login

  2. If your name is visible in the Big C Society® database (note: you can check here), please click the following link to set (or reset) your password: Password (forgot?)

  3. If you don’t have access to the email address that is listed in your profile, or if you’re newly registering, please click the button that reads: Need an account? Sign-up

  4. Next, follow prompts to set-up login credentials (your email and a password).

  5. A confirmation email (with an embedded validation hyperlink) will arrive in your inbox within three (3) minutes. In order to validate that your email is active, click on the embedded hyperlink.

  6. Next, agree to the terms of membership (if meet the eligibility requirements).

  7. Login using your validated credentials.

  8. Finally, navigate to your Profile within the member area, and make any required updates to your email address, your billing and mailing addresses, mobile phone number, notification preferences, and a collection of other settings that are unique to each Big C Society® member.

Q: in the past I’ve paid by check. how do i set-up my payment preferences online?

A: If you’re attempting to pay your Dues or to make a Donation, we’ve made the process to do so considerably easier online. Please follow these steps to set your payment preferences:

  1. Navigate to the round yellow icon at the top right of this page, and select either Pay Dues or Donate.

  2. Next, follow the prompts to set-up your payment preferences (monthly or annual recurring, or one-time).

  3. If you intend to set your payment preferences for both Dues and Donations, please complete the process for either, and then return to yellow icon to complete the other.

Q: Where should I direct general questions about the Big C Society®?

A: Please email us with your questions to: Alternatively, you can call us at +1 (51o) 333-5927.

Q: Is the big C society® a REGISTERED 501(c)3 charity organization?

A: Yes.


Q: What does the Big C Society® Do?

A: The Big C Society® is the Letterman’s Society of Cal Athletics, whose members include all of the student-athletes who earned a varsity letter representing the University of California at Berkeley in intercollegiate competition. Specifically, The Big C Society® hosts, sponsors, provides, and/or pays for – either partially or in full – all of the following: 

-First Year Awards for varsity letter winners, including a framed plaque with a certificate of athletic letter and a team photo, along with a medallion.

-Supplemental Financial Support for Non-revenue Teams, to help acquire equipment, training tools and other items not covered by the Athletic Department’s budget, along with supplemental financial support for the recoveries Cal student athletes who are seriously injured or critically ill.

-The Hall of Fame Induction Banquet honoring Cal athletes whose extraordinarily achievements elevated their teams and the University of California.

-The Senior Recognition Banquet honoring all athletes in their senior year at Cal, whether or not they earned an athletic letter in their respective sports.

-The Student-Athlete Academic Honors Luncheon for all Academic All-Americans, all Pac-10 academic honorees, and those Cal athletes and teams who have demonstrated superior academic achievement. 

-Welcome Back to Campus BBQ to welcome student athletes from all teams back to campus.

-Gala's and Events for alums of The Big C Society®.



A: The Big C Society® works closely with the Athletic Department of the University of California at Berkeley, but it is a separate 501(c)3 non-profit entity.  However, its Board of Directors does include representatives from the Athletic Department.  In kind, it's Bylaws explicitly support the interests of the University, its varsity sports teams and its student-athletes.

Q: aM I eligible to join the Big C Society®?

A: Membership is limited to student-athletes who earned a varsity letter in intercollegiate competition for the University of California at Berkeley. Information on the requirements to earn a varsity letter, by sport, can found here.


Q: Are my dues, donations, events tickets or merchandise purchases tax deductible?

A: Yes and No.  Your dues and donations are tax deductible and you will receive a letter from The Big C Society® memorializing your charitable giving.  Events tickets and merchandise purchased from The Big C Society® are not tax deductible.  Federal tax rules prohibit deductions for gifts that actually benefit the donor or certain related parties.


A: The University of California at Berkeley and each of its varsity sports engages in its own fundraising outreach to both organizations and alumni that have an interest in providing financial support to Cal.  However, annual budget shortfalls for varsity sports teams persist nonetheless.  The teams most affected by budget shortfalls are Cal's celebrated non-revenue sports that have produced scores of Olympians, All-Americans and National Champions, along with many of the most productive citizens of our nation.  These remarkable student-athletes and teams are the specific focus of the fundraising and giving by The Big C Society®.   It raises money exclusively from past varsity athletes at Cal in order to provide supplemental funding for today's varsity athletes for equipment and events, and to spotlight and connect Cal’s letterman graduates who went pro in something other than support. 


Q: How does the big C Society® determine how much SUPPLEMENTAL support THAT it provides AND WHO GETs it?

A: Each year The Big C Society® Board of Directors authorizes a budget for giving that is limited by the dues and donations that it has received.  In kind, and at its sole discretion, the Board of Directors prioritizes the requests that it receives for supplemental funding, and metes out economic support in consideration of its established budget, acuteness of need and other factors.  



A: If you'd like to schedule an annual gift to The Big C Society®, simply navigate to your profile page where you can make your gift recurring in the settings.  If you have any other questions, please send us a note to: or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927



A: If you would like to include The Big C Society® in your estate plans, please send us a note to:, or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927


Q: does the big c society® accept Matching gifts?

A: Many corporations will match the contributions their employees make to registered charitable organizations like ours.  Matching gifts are a great way to increase your support of The Big C Society® and the varsity athletes at Cal, but do not count toward any benefits that you many have in connection with the Cal Athletic Department.  Please be sure to let us know if your company has a matching gift program.  If you have any questions, please send us a note to: or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927


Q: can Foundations and Donor Advised Funds make contributions to the big c society®?

A: Gifts to The Big C Society® generally may be made from private foundations and donor advised funds.   If you'd like to do so, please send us a note to: or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927


Q: Can I make a gift of Securities?

A: Yes.  To make a gift of securities please send us a note to: or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927


Q: Checks?

A: Yes, we accept checks (although online payments are greatly preferred).  Please make checks payable to The Big C Society®.   

Checks may be mailed to the following address:  The Big C Society®, PO Box 5075, Berkeley, CA, 94705


Q: Credit cards? 

A: Yes, we accept credit cards and PayPal.


Q: Electronic Fund Transfers?

A: Yes, The Big C Society is able to accept gifts via electronic fund transfer payments.   Please send us a note to: or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927.  We'll send you wire transfer instructions.


Q: What are the varsity letter awards, by year?

A: The First Year Award is a letterman’s jacket, along with a plaque. The Second Year Award is a ‘zebra sweater.’ The Third Year Award is a blanket. The Four Year Award is a ring. For more information, please contact Laura Wong :

Q: Can I order a REplacement letterman's JAcket, Zebra Sweater OR OTHER VARSITY LETTER AWARDS?

A:  The Big C Society® can replace Big C Society medallions for a limited time.  Contact us at  First year award plaques cannot be replaced.  Replacing letterman’s jackets, zebra sweaters, blankets and rings is a function performed by the Cal athletic department, not The Big C Society® .  To request replacements (for which you will be charged the cost) please contact Laura Wong:





PO Box 5075, Berkeley, CA, 94705

PHONE: +1-510-333-5927



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