THE VAF TODAY
Our Mission: The Virginia Athletics Foundation, through its fundraising efforts, strives to support a preeminent intercollegiate athletics program at the University of Virginia by providing student-athletes the opportunity to achieve academic and athletic excellence.
Dear Cavalier Fans,
Thank you for your dedication to Virginia Athletics. This year, we have experienced extraordinary events that pose new challenges, but also offer opportunities for us to adapt, grow, and come together as a community in different ways.
Our priorities for 2020 remain constant: to continue supporting UVA student-athletes by meeting the increased scholarship funding need and by building momentum for the $180 million Athletics Master Plan facility project.
The VAF Annual Fund has been the primary source of scholarship funding since our establishment in 1948. Since 2005-2006, the cost of scholarship has risen over 100%. To support our student-athletes in funding 316.6 scholarships across our 25 NCAA sanctioned sports, the VAF Board of Trustees voted to increase our 2020 giving levels for the first time in 14 years.
In addition to funding scholarships, your contribution to the Annual Fund provides teams with key academic, recruitment, travel, and equipment expenses, enabling them to compete for championships and build skills that will serve them and their communities well in their future.
We hope you will join us in 2020. It is through your generosity that Virginia Athletics can offer the best experience to over 750 student-athletes, supporting them in achieving both academic and athletic excellence.
DIRK P. KATSTRA
The graphics below demonstrate the various areas of the athletics department that are supported by VAF donors.
All scholarships allowed by the NCAA are fully funded through a combination of donations to the Annual Fund and endowment distributions. Learn More
The vision for Athletics Academic Affairs is to develop and empower all UVA student-athletes to become independent lifelong learners and productive citizens by providing comprehensive and collaborative academic support services. Learn More
Annual operational support for each of the University’s 14 women’s and 13 men’s sports is provided through a combination of athletics department funds and donor contributions. This includes but is not limited to recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. Learn More
Working with sports supervisors and the athletics director, head coaches identify operational needs that arise outside of their annual budgets. These may include foreign tours training trips and specialized equipment. When these needs arise, Coaches 10 funds provide a way for donors to support these specific initiatives. Learn More
An endowment gift is one of the most powerful gifts a donor can make to Virginia Athletics. Scholarship Endowments support the 316.6 athletic scholarships allowed by the NCAA and Operational Endowments serve as an ongoing source of financial support for a designated team. Learn More
The needs of individual sports are prioritized through coaches’ discussions with athletics administrators. Once an identified facility project has gone through the University’s approval process, the athletics department depends on the Virginia Athletics Foundation to raise the funds to finance the project and provide an endowment to support its operation and ongoing maintenance. Current projects include the Football Operations Center, Softball Facility Expansion, Davenport Field Renovation, UVA Golf Course, UVA Golf Facility at Birdwood Golf Course and the UVA Tennis Complex at Boar’s Head Sports Club.
Today there are 750 student-athletes in 27 intercollegiate programs at the University of Virginia. Our generous donors help to fully fund all 316.6 scholarships allowed by the NCAA, the student-athlete academic experience and a portion of the athletics operational budget, that includes recruiting costs, team travel and equipment. Thank you!
Additionally, the Foundation spearheads all fundraising campaigns for the renovation of existing athletics facilities and the construction of new facilities.