Athletes Supporting Athletes. Official Ambassadors or Cal Athletics <> Teammates for Life.



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

A: Yes.


Q: What does the Big C Society® Do?

A: 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 entity.  However, its Board of Directors does include representatives from the Athletic Department.  The Big C Society® is a registered 501(c)3 charity organization founded in 1908 by Cal's varsity letterman.  It's Bylaws directly support the University, its varsity sports teams and its student-athletes.


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 individual varsity sports teams persist nonetheless.  The varsity teams most affected by budget shortfalls are Cal's celebrated non-revenue sports that have produced scores of Olympians, All-American's and National Championships.   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, and in doing so helps close the gap between our team's annual budgets and actual needs. 


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: Can I order a REplacement letterman's JAcket, Zebra Sweater or MEdallion?

A:  The Big C Society® can replace Big C medallions.  Contact us at  First year award plaques cannot be replaced.  Replacing letter jackets, zebra sweaters, blankets and rings is performed by the athletic department, not The Big C Society® .  To request any replacement item for these awards (for which you will be charged the cost) please contact Laura Wong at


Q: how do I update my MEMBER contact information?

A: Login, and navigate to your individual Profile Page, and there you can update your email address, your billing and mailing addresses, mobile and home phone numbers, notification preferences, and a collection of other settings that are unique to each Big C Society® member and donor.