Cal Student Philanthropy’s mission is to build a culture of giving at Cal and spread information about campus resources! Philanthropy Reps, members of CSP, do this by creating content on social media and newsletters that are shared with the student body. In addition, we work with university staff to provide feedback on Cal’s fundraising initiatives and network with alums, connecting with them and thanking them for their support of Cal! We also put on fun events, like Big Give Live. Through our content creation, advisory work, and event planning, we all develop as leaders, gain experience in fundraising and marketing, and make so many friends! We hope you can follow along with us this year as we Keep Cal Golden!

Check out campus resources below: 

Student Emergency Fund: Accessing & Supporting 

The Student Emergency Fund provides direct support to help students cover lost wages, food, relocating costs, and other essentials, including technology and books. 

  • To access additional support from the Student Emergency Fund, you can get started by opening a case with the Financial Aid office here. They will get back to you within 1–3 days of your inquiry. 
  • If you are able and would like to give back to Cal, we encourage you to make a gift to the Student Emergency Fund. We have been asking alumni and parents that want to help to make a gift to this fund as well - feel free to share! Thank you so much.

Basic Needs Center: Services Available for You

  • A comprehensive living document detailing all of the resources and services they provide is available here

  • The Basic Needs Center provides the following services: Food Pantry, Case Management, Emergency Housing, Drop-In Financial Aid Advising, and CalFresh Support. 

Career Center: Advice for Seniors  

Using Handshake

  • Handshake is a job-searching portal that every study at Cal has exclusive access to. Log-in with your CalNet ID here
  • Once you log-in, click “Career Center” to: 
    • Make video appointments with Career Counselors.
    • Read the Job and Internship Guide.
    • Access other guides and resources. 
  • We have access to career counseling for one year after they graduate. We’ll also have access to Handshake and events for up to 5 years. Here are more details about services for alumni.


  • CareerMail is a newsletter written by our counselors and tailored to your industry! They have lots of advice for dealing with job searching amidst Covid-19. 
  • Sign up for a CareerMail newsletter on Handshake. 
  • Click your profile icon → “Career Interests” → Scroll down and select your categories. 

The Career Center Website 

Mental Health Resources

It’s important we take time to acknowledge and care for our mental health during this tough time.