The primary purpose of the Davidson Athletic Foundation is to raise annual, endowed, and capital funds to support student athletes and the Division I programs of Davidson College. A corollary purpose is to host multiple events throughout the year that engage Davidson Athletic Foundation's internal and external constituencies and complement the Davidson Athletic Foundation's development efforts. In doing so, the DAF strives to enhance the educational mission of Davidson College and to embrace its entire constituency, including alumni, students, faculty and staff, and parents and the broader community.
The Davidson Athletic Foundation board exists to support the mission of Davidson College, the Davidson Athletic Foundation, and the Division I athletic programs of the college.
The DAF board will be comprised of no less than 20 and no more than 30 individuals who have as their top volunteer priority for Davidson the goal of providing resources for a competitive Division I athletics program that complements and enhances the academic integrity of Davidson College.
The volunteer board will be comprised of members who wish to ensure the success of Davidson's athletic programs through contributions of resources, time, and personal connections.
The DAF staff, working with the athletic director and college relations staff, will identify qualified individuals who represent the many facets of Davidson while maintaining strong support of Davidson athletics. Staff will strive for balance in gender, ethnicity, class years, varsity teams, and association with Davidson (alumni, parents, friends, coaches and student athletes).
Terms of Service
DAF board members will serve three-year terms. Board members may serve two consecutive terms. Following two terms, a board member may resume board service after a minimum of a year's absence.
The DAF board chair will serve one year; the DAF board vice-chair will serve one year as vice-chair and then one year as chair.
DAF Board Objectives
To assist the DAF staff in reaching its goals each fiscal year (July 1- June 30) which may include dollar and participation goals, expansion of new or renewed scholarship funds, initiation or completion of capital projects.
To ask fellow alumni athletes to support Davidson athletics through the Davidson Athletic Foundation.
To educate the alumni body on the function and importance of Davidson's Division I athletic programs in fulfilling the mission of Davidson College and the role of the Davidson Athletic Foundation in securing the college's Division I athletics program.
To stand as a representative of and ambassador for Davidson athletics at Davidson College alumni functions, athletic events, and DAF functions.
To support the Davidson College Board of Trustees Athletic Policy Committee as requested.
To meet these objectives, the following is expected of board members:
Annual Ne Ultra level contributions to the college and at least of portion should support Davidson's athletic program.
Sincere efforts to attend the four annual board meetings
An understanding of the latest objectives and priorities of the Davidson Athletic Foundation and the college.
Commitment to serving as an advocate, fundraiser, or both for the DAF each year.
Serving as DAF fundraiser
Fundraising is the priority of the Davidson Athletic Foundation. Annually the DAF raises much needed annual operating support for the college's Division I athletic programs. The DAF also seeks funding for both current-use athletic scholarships and endowed athletic scholarships.
In addition to supporting the college with their own gifts, board members can assist with fundraising efforts by identifying other alumni, parents, and friends who have an interest in supporting Davidson athletics and by hosting events, writing letters, making phone calls and engaging in other activities that will assist in the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of DAF prospects and donors.
Serving as DAF advocate
Alumni athletes represent 25% of the alumni body of Davidson College. To that end, members of the DAF board may choose to volunteer on campus or in their local community in such a way that supports and represents Davidson athletics and Davidson College. Examples of advocacy may include service on a career, ethics or professional panel at the college, hosting or coordinating an alumni event around a Davidson College team competition, and mentoring Davidson College students or alumni in their current or future careers.
DAF meetings will occur four times a year and will last two hours to half of a day.
Meetings will have several components:
1) Educational - Guest speakers or panel discussion by athletics staff, student athletes, facilities planners and others will bring board members up-to-date on college athletic priorities or trends
2) Reporting - DAF staff and the athletic director will provide brief updates to the board regarding fundraising efforts, facilities or scholarship status, and other relevant information.
3) Board engagement - A portion of each meeting will be devoted to board member presentation and discussion regarding advocacy or fundraising efforts in which board members have engaged or would like to engage.
October (to coincide with the Ne Ultra donor recognition event) - This first meeting of each year will be devoted to orienting board members to service on the DAF board, including educational and athletic updates from college personnel and annual goals.
Late January to coincide with the Hall of Fame celebration on campus
The third Friday in April to coincide with the Tom Scott golf tournament
The end of the first week in June to coincide with reunion weekend.
DAF staff will make every effort to provide board members with meeting dates as far in advance as possible.