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FAQ

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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: support@bigcsociety.com. 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 recurring dues payment preferences and (b) your login credentials. Please follow these steps:

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

  2. Follow the prompts

  3. Agree to the terms of membership

  4. Select recurring dues payment option (monthly or annually), or if you’re a student-athlete enrolled at Cal, select “Student Account.”

  5. Complete payment information and checkout

  6. Next, follow prompts to set-up new login credentials for the website (your email and a password).

  7. A confirmation email will be sent to you within three (3) minutes. In order to validate that your email is active, click on the embedded hyperlink.

  8. Login to the member area, and navigate to Profile, where 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

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

A: Please email us with your questions to: info@bigcsociety.org. 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®.

 

Q: Is the BIG C SOCIETY® PART OF THE CaL ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT?

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.


Q: How is the Big C Society® different from OTHER GROUPS THAT RAISE MONEY FOR CAL ATHLETICS OR ITS TEAMs?

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.  

 

Q: HOW DO I SET-UP SCHEDULED ANNUAL GIVING?

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: giving@bigcsociety.org or call us at +1 (510) 333-5927

 

Q: How Do I Set-up PLANNED GIVING fROM MY ESTATE?

A: If you would like to include The Big C Society® in your estate plans, please send us a note to: giving@bigcsociety.org, 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: giving@bigcsociety.org 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: giving@bigcsociety.org 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: giving@bigcsociety.org 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: giving@bigcsociety.org 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 : lewong@berkeley.edu.

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 info@bigcsociety.org.  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: lewong@berkeley.edu.

 
 

CONTACT US

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THE BIG C SOCIETY®

PO Box 5075, Berkeley, CA, 94705

PHONE: +1-510-333-5927

 
 

EMAIL

If you'd like to connect with The Big C Society® via email, please send us a note using the form on this page, or you can email us questions or comments directly using the topic-based email addresses shown below.

General Information:  info@bigcsociety.org

Donations:  giving@bigcsociety.org

Grants: grants@bigcsociety.org

Events:  events@bigcsociety.org

Membership:  join@bigcsociety.org

Website Support:  support@bigcsociety.org

 

 

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