Program Overview and Tools

The Alumni Chapters Program helps Cal alumni create communities whose purpose is to enhance the University and connect alumni to each other, the University, and the Cal Alumni Association (CAA).

This manual provides practical information for Alumni Chapters as you interact with CAA and lead your Alumni Chapter. Throughout this guide, you will find descriptions of the key elements of the program, helpful information to create and sustain a chapter, and ideas for fulfilling your Services to Cal.

The Alumni Chapters Program is organized around the Services to Cal. The Services to Cal define ways in which the chapters and your members should direct their activities to support the University, CAA, and to build a successful alumni chapter.

All chartered Alumni Chapters are officially registered with CAA and are covered under CAA’s event liability insurance. New Alumni Chapters may apply to join the program at any time. If CAA approves your application, you will need to meet the responsibilities laid out in this manual in order to maintain your charter.

Every year, an Outstanding Alumni Chapter is nominated and awarded at CAA’s annual Charter Gala in March/April. We hope every chapter will aspire to achieve this award.

While this manual strives to answer many of your questions, please know that your Alumni Chapter Advisor is available to provide support and knowledge to help you along the way.


Starting an alumni chapter is easy.

Growing a flourishing, active alumni chapter requires time, commitment and innovation from many alumni volunteers.