Cal Advancement Data System (CADS)

The Cal Advancement Data System (CADS) is the database of record for the UC Berkeley advancement community. It contains records on more than one million individuals and organizations who are campus donors, prospects, students, alumni, faculty, members of campus organizations, and other friends of the University. It's the tool we use to find prospective donors, track our interactions with donors and alumni, and collaborate with advancement colleagues across the campus.

Access to CADS is granted only to UC Berkeley employees or affiliates who require the data to complete tasks related to fundraising, alumni relations, or external relations.

To apply for access, follow these steps:

Note: When accessing the links below for the first time, you will be presented with an authentication screen that is NOT CalNet branded. This, however, is a trusted page and it is safe to enter your CalNet credentials.

  1. Visit the CADS access page to get started..
  2. E-mail or share the completed form electronically with your unit access coordinator (UAC). Find the UAC in your unit. Your UAC will submit the form to Advancement Information Management for approval and processing.
  3. Take prerequisite training through Advancement Training. Visit the CADS Training page.
  4. Once you have completed both the application process and the training, you will be informed when your access has been activated.