The Cal Baseball Foundation, Inc. was established initially in September 2010 to serve in the limited role as the fiscal agent for the baseball program’s Annual Golf Tournament and Silent Auction. Following the University’s September 28, 2010 announcement of the program’s elimination, the Foundation assumed additional responsibility for funds raised through the Save Cal Baseball website and other efforts to achieve the Program’s reinstatement.
In March 2011, the Foundation installed a five-member Board of Directors and adopted a set of bylaws to guide the activities of the Foundation as a legal non-profit entity, to receive and account for funds for the reinstatement of the baseball program, and to perform all other actions necessary and appropriate for the operation of the corporation. During this time, the Save Cal Baseball Campaign raised funds for a term endowment to ensure the continuation of the Baseball program through, at minimum, the FY2018-19 season. In April 2011, the Foundation submitted to the Chancellor a business plan for generating annual program revenues to extend the life of the term endowment.
Following the Program’s reinstatement in April 2011, the Foundation Board of Directors expanded its membership to 15 voting members and 3 non-voting members and revised its by-laws to reflect the responsibilities required to carry out its mission. In May 2013 the Foundation Board increased the number of voting members to 19. These voting members are drawn from the following categories of volunteers:
- Six members representing major donors
- Six former Cal Baseball players, one each from pre-1970; 1970-1980; 1980-1990; 1990-2000, 2001-present; and one additional representative from any one of these decades.
- Seven at-large members representing the Cal Baseball community.
The three non-voting members include the Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley or his/her designee, the Cal Athletic Director or his/her designee, and the Head Baseball Coach.
In November 2011, the Foundation approved Principles of Agreement to guide its ongoing cooperative relationship with the University and in January 2012, the University designated the Foundation as an official support group. This designation is re-certified by the University on an annual basis.
In Spring 2012, the Board approved the establishment of an Advisory Council to assist the Board in carrying out the Foundation’s mission.
The Board conducts its business through six standing committees (Finance, Business Revenue Generation, Facilities Improvements, Development, Communications, and Governance) and an Executive Committee comprising the Board Chair, Vice-chair, Treasurer, Secretary, Chair of the Advisory Council, and the Co-chairs of the Endowment Campaign Committee.