Big Give 2016


Dear Cal Family,

Last Thursday, you joined thousands of Cal supporters and gave big for the University of California’s Big Give.

Together, we raised $2,366,753 for Cal Athletics and collected an additional $20,270 in prize funds by raising the most money of any school or program on campus.

Your unmatched generosity will have a transformative impact on the student-athlete experience at the No. 1 public university in the world, amplifying the positive effect our Golden Bears continue to have throughout the Cal community and beyond.

On behalf of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, thank you for being a part of the Berkeley Effect.

Go Bears!



The butterfly effect explains change. The Berkeley Effect changes the world. Cal Athletics is proud to partner in the 2016 Big Give, an online fundraising event that gives the Cal Family the chance to unite in support of Cal’s student-athletes and the entire UC Berkeley campus.

On Thursday, November 17, all Cal Athletics donors, season ticket holders, letterwinners, family, friends and fans are invited to support the Cal Athletics Fund, their favorite athletic program, school or major. There will also be contests and prizes awarded throughout the day. Join us this Big Game week as we strive to reach the top of the UC Berkeley Leaderboard!

The Berkeley Effect

GIVE – Commit to making a gift on November 17 in support of your favorite athletics programs
FOLLOW – Follow @CalBigGive on Twitter or join the Facebook event.
SHARE – Recruit your fellow Cal Fans and show your support for the Big Give on social media using the hashtags #CalBigGive and #GoBears.

Big Contests

Beginning at 9 p.m. PT on November 16 all new gifts (excluding existing pledges) made online through are eligible for the contests below:
BIG SLICE – Schools, colleges, and programs that raise the most money over the course of Big Give get the biggest pieces of the pie.
BIG BANG – Schools, colleges, and programs with the highest day-of participation rate over the course of Big Give win big prizes.
BIG COUNTDOWN – Hour-long contests in a variety of categories.
Contests end at 9 p.m. PT on November 18. Please visit for complete information.


Bonus Priority Points: This is a perfect opportunity for you to earn bonus priority points! Every other day of the year, a $100 donation earns 1 priority point, but on Big Give you earn 2 priority points for every $100 you give!
With your gift, you allow our 875 student-athletes to excel academically and athletically. Your gift makes an invaluable difference in the life of a student-athlete. You make us proud to be Golden Bears!