Big Give is over, but you can still support your favorite programs.

Questions and Answers

Below you will find answers to many common questions about Big Give 2023.

When is it?

Big Give 2023 took place from Wednesday, March 8 at 9 p.m. PT to Thursday, March 9 at 9 p.m. PT.

What is it?

Big Give is an online fundraising event that began in 2014, giving you and the entire Cal community — alumni, parents, students, faculty, staff, and friends — the chance to come together to support your favorite schools and programs, and amplify your generosity through awareness and contest prizes.

Why does Cal do this?

This effort celebrates all the moments of Berkeley by supporting students, faculty, and research — and keeping us the premier public university in the world. From the smallest gift to the biggest, your generosity to Cal holds truly transformative power for campus and the world at large.

Will my Big Give contribution be tax-deductible?

The deductibility of your contribution for tax purposes is limited to the amount that exceeds the value of any goods and services you are entitled to receive in return. In addition, a contribution that involves the right to purchase tickets for seating at our athletic events is not deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult with your personal tax advisors for more information.

Are gifts made to Big Give refundable?

Due to the large number of gifts being processed, we are unable to offer any refunds for gifts made during Big Give unless they were made in error, in which case you should write to By supporting Big Give, you understand that all gifts are final.

Can't find your fund here?

Still have questions?

Contact us at