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 support of Virginia Athletics. In 2019, our challenges are greater than ever, but with your help we can achieve our goals. Our two priorities for this year are increasing our scholarship funding and continuing to build momentum for the $180 million Athletics Master Plan facility project.
The VAF Annual Fund has been the primary source of scholarship funding since our founding in 1948. The annual increases in tuition have outpaced our growth in the Annual Fund and created a gap in our scholarship funding model. We need to close that gap this year. We are committed to fully funding all scholarships in each of our 25 NCAA sanctioned sports, a total projected expense of almost $20 million.
We hope you will join us in 2019. It is through your generosity that Virginia Athletics can offer the best student and athlete experience for over 750 student-athletes. Thank you.
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.