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Cal Band Budget: Facts and Figures

The Cal Band has an annual operating budget of approximately $500,000. Our funding comes from a variety of sources including the University, athletics, endowment income, fundraising, and performances. For many years, student registration fees covered 25% of our operating budget. During Chancellor Berdahl’s tenure that figure began to decrease because of reductions in state allocations for higher education, and student registration fee contributions supported only 7% of our operating budget in 2011. In these trying fiscal times, the Cal Band managed to operate by dipping into unrestricted reserves. Much of the credit goes to the student officers and their committees for staying within budget allocations, and only purchasing what was necessary.

On behalf of the University administration, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George Breslauer responded to our request for additional financial support by allocating $90,000 per year to the band into perpetuity. This commitment of funds will make up for the reduction of registration fees that we have dealt with for the past seven years. In addition, EXVC Breslauer has offered an additional $50,000 per year to the band for the next three years if we can match that figure in new donor contributions. This is an exciting opportunity for the band, and one we hope to bring to fruition.

If you have never given to the Cal Band, please consider a gift that will help ensure our future financial stability. The student officers and I would welcome the opportunity to speak with any of you about this fundraising campaign. You are welcome to come to campus and meet with us or perhaps spend the morning in Memorial Stadium prior to any home football game to observe our rehearsal and meet the members of the band. You can reach any of us by visiting our website.

Go Bears!
Bob Calonico, Director
Stephen Stapleton, Senior Manager
Zac Commins, Public Relations Director
David Strachan-Olson, Drum Major
Tyler Kimball, Student Director
Victoria Rivas, Executive Secretary

Donating

All donations to the Cal Band are tax-deductible as allowed by law. If you would like to make a donation to the Cal Band, you can either use an online form or send a check to the Band.
To donate online, visit the following site: http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/browse/?u=14.

If you would like to send a check to the Band, please make the check payable to “UC Regents – Cal Band” and send it to:

Cal Band
72 Cesar Chavez Student Center MC 4280
Berkeley, CA 94720-4280

For more information, call (510) 643-2662.
For additional information regarding giving gifts to the Band or the University, please visit UC Berkeley’s University Relations web site.

Legal Disclaimer
The information you will provide will be used for University business and will not be released unless allowed by law. A portion of all gifts is used to defray the costs of administering the funds. All gifts are tax-deductible as prescribed by law (see below).

Donation Disclaimer

The 1993 tax law requires that donors are notified of the tax-deductible portion of their contributions. If you wish to take a full deduction for your contribution in lieu of tangible benefits, please note when you make your contribution!
All gifts to the University are tax-deductible within certain limits provided by law. It is the policy of the University of California, Berkeley that a portion of the gifts and/or income therefrom is used to defray the costs of raising and administering the funds. The 1977 California Information Practices Act requires that UC Berkeley inform individuals of the following: Furnishing the personal information requested on the form is strictly voluntary. The information will be used by University departments for University business, for fundraising purposes, and for updating UC Berkeley’s alumni and donor records. The information will not otherwise be released unless required by law. University policy authorizes maintenance of this information.

You have the right to review your record. Inquires should be sent to:

Assistant Vice Chancellor-Development
University of California, Berkeley
University Relations
2440 Bancroft Way MC4200
Berkeley, CA 94720-4200