Golden Bear Society
People bringing to the youth of California, creativity, teamwork, critical thinking, and social & emotional learning along with along with the courage to explore new paths.
How to Join Us Now
On Line – https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/goldenbearsociety
By Check –Make checks payable to California Destination
Mail checks to:
CA Destination Imagination
14843 Priscilla Street
San Diego, CA 92129
The Golden Bear Society
Innovation, teamwork, and the joy of finishing a project are all wrapped up in an amazing program called Destination Imagination. For over 20 years, California Creativity has been proud to foster this experience for kids all over California. We are the California affiliate for Destination Imagination and we have been helping kids grow and blossom for decades. Over the past 20 years, we have touched the lives of tens of thousands of children with the support of countless volunteers.
It is our mission to empower kids with skills to think innovatively, learn new abilities, to use problem-solving skills in a team-based environment, to have the courage to explore new paths, and to have fun and create friendships along the way. We remain committed to a hands-on experience which inspires children’s love for exploration through building, science, drama and giving back to local communities.
Why Become a Golden Bear Society Member?
Becoming a member of The Golden Bear Society is an excellent way for you to join our inner community where we all share a deep love of creativity and helping children to build their confidence through teamwork, curiosity, and wonder. Membership starts at just $250.
100% of every dollar contributed goes directly to supporting our annual projects, which are designed to enhance and expand the core values of the Destination Imagination program here in California. This year’s fundraising campaign will directly fund the following projects and programs:
- Enhance CalDI’s social media presence
- Enhance CalDI’s registration system for teams
- Expand our Summer Camp program into an in-person event in all four Regions of the state including scholarships for several campers
- Participate in educational conferences as both an exhibit and as a session presenter
- Enhance our Alumni Relations program
- Increase/enhance CalDI’s scholarship program
- Establish an outreach program to the underserved community
As a member, you will be partnering with us and contributing to the extraordinary experience we call Destination Imagination. Your gift will help us bring the DI experience into more children’s lives throughout California. As a bonus, you will also receive exclusive member-only benefits, such as VIP treatment at our State/Affiliate Tournament and other special recognitions.
Your membership, at any level, makes an incredible difference! Please consider joining The Golden Bear Society to help us grow and expand the reach of quality programs to our community of creative kids.
Note: CORPORATE MATCHES:
- When you donate and then, additionally, obtain a company match, you will receive credit for both the total of your donation PLUS the amount of the corporate donation.
The Golden Bear Society Incentives Categories
Platinum Bear: $5,000-$9,999
- All incentives in Golden Tier (apart from the merchandise / tier-based pin) as well as the following:
- Your image (via a caricature) on next California Globals t-shirt
- Named activity at the tournament to honor donor
- Platinum Bear Pin
- Marvelous California Creativity Merchandise – valued at $500
- Be our Guest at the Mission Inn for a 2-night’s stay during the Affiliate Tournament
1Golden Bear: $2,500-$4,999
- All incentives in Kodiak Tier (apart from the merchandise / tier-based pin) plus:
- Medal draping rights at Affiliate Tournament
- Golden Bear Pin
- Astounding California Creativity Merchandise – valued at $250.
- Be our Guest at the Mission Inn for a 1-night’s stay during the Affiliate Tournament
Kodiak Bear: $1,000-$2499
- All incentives in Grizzly Bear Tier (apart from the merchandise / tier-based pin) plus:
- Special Luncheon at Affiliate Tournament
- Affiliate pin set California teams will trade at Global Finals
- Kodiak Bear Pin
- Magnificent California Creativity Merchandise – valued at $100
Grizzly Bear: $500-999
- All incentives in Black Bear Tier (apart from the merchandise / tier-based pin) plus:
- Special seating at Closing Ceremonies
- Grizzly Bear Pin
- Astonishing California Creativity Merchandise – valued at $50
Black Bear: $250-499
- Newsletters for donors with updates on teams, Meet the Regional Directors (RD’s) and Affiliate Challenge Masters (ACM’s) section, focus on teams with personal stories, graduating seniors and Alumni, and updates on our exciting end of the season State/Affiliate tournament.
- Black Bear Pin
- Special mailed invitation to Affiliate Tournament
- Listed in Affiliate program and on website.
- Sensational California Creativity merchandise – valued at $25.
- All-Day Access to the Golden Bear Society Lounge at our Affiliate Tournament
Additional Special Golden Bear Society Incentive Categories
- When you donate and receive a company match from your employer, you will receive credit for the total of your individual donation PLUS the corporate match
- The company will also receive credit for its donation – a double win!
2021-2022 Charter Memberships
- Charter members will forever be acknowledged on the CalDI website and in publications wherever appropriate as the cornerstone of our Society regardless of future contributions.
- Newsletters for donors with: Updates on teams, Meet the Regional Directors (RD’s) and Affiliate Challenge Masters (ACM’s) Section, focus on teams with personal stories, graduating seniors and Alumni, and updates on our exciting end of the season State/Affiliate Tournament.
The Golden Paw Award
- Awarded to individuals who have maintained Society Membership for five consecutive years. Golden Paws are the pillars which keep our program financially strong for future generations of DI’ers. These members will receive an invitation to the Affiliate Tournament luncheon as well as special acknowledgement in the Affiliate program and on the website. Special Golden Paw lapel pin will also be awarded to 5 year donors.
- $10,000 one-time donation or a total donation (cumulative years) of $15,000
- Life-time membership in the Golden Bear Society, receiving Kodiak Bear incentives for life.
- Draping rights at State the year that you receive your lifetime membership.
- Incredible California Creativity merchandise – valued at $500.
October 1, 2021 – Golden Bear Society’s Kick-off Date
- It is your one-time opportunity to become a Charter member during this year’s membership drive.
- We look forward to your support as we strive to expand the reach of this incredible program.
- Please help California Creativity continue our valuable work of empowering tomorrow’s leaders and innovators as we look to build a better tomorrow together.