Athletics Giving Days - 2018

Dear Cardinal Nation,

We asked you to “Go All In” for Wesleyan Athletics Giving Days and you responded! With more than 1500 donors, WAGD raised over $100,000 in support for Wesleyan Athletics. 

I am pleased to announce that results are now official! Congratulations to VOLLEYBALL and MEN'S TENNIS.

I know I speak for our coaches and student-athletes when I say THANK YOU! I am proud to be a Cardinal and grateful for your commitment to the work we do. We wouldn’t be able to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to achieve, serve and lead without the continued support of our alumni, parents, friends, and fans. 

Whether you gave during WAGD, or earlier in the year, I am extremely thankful for your investment in Wesleyan Athletics. Funds raised are used to support a wide range of needs and opportunities for each of the 29 varsity teams and more than 600 student-athletes. 

600+ Student-Athletes.   29 Varsity Teams.   

1 Wesleyan Athletics Family. 

With Cardinal pride, 


Mike Whalen ’83
Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics

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Wesleyan Athletics Giving Days (WAGD) is a competitive fundraising initiative bringing together donors and volunteers in support of Wesleyan Athletics. For seven days, teams compete for donors. At the end of the week, the teams -- one men's, one women's -- with the highest percentage of donor participation (based on their own team's donor base) scores $5000 for their most critical needs.

Your support during WAGD (and every day) provides resources critical for equipment, travel and assistant coach salaries for our varsity teams. Because of you, we are creating an environment of support and inspiration, paired with facilities and resources that match our expectations in the quest for excellence.

2018 BONUS: 1500 donors unlocks $5000 for Sports Medicine!

DAY 2/21 2/22 2/23 2/24 2/25 2/26 2/27 2/28 TOTAL
# of Donors  179   149  137   62  143  143  147  733

 1693

It's about getting in the game, not how much you give!

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Leaderboards (FINAL RESULTS, 3/1/18)

Note: with gifts from parents and friends, teams may exceed 100% of alumni base

Women's Sports

1
Volleyball
302%
2
Softball
192%
3
Lacrosse
61%
4
Tennis
56%
5
Ice Hockey
50%
6
Field Hockey
48%
7
Soccer
37%
8
Cross Country
37%
9
Basketball
26%
10
Crew
23%
11
Swimming & Diving
22%
12
Squash
16%
13
Track & Field
15%

Men's Sports

1
Tennis
45%
2
Lacrosse
43%
3
Wrestling
34%
4
Cross Country
29%
5
Baseball
24%
6
Crew
21%
7
Basketball
18%
8
Ice Hockey
18%
9
Swimming & Diving
14%
10
Football
13%
11
Track & Field
10%
12
Soccer
9%
13
Squash
8%
14
Golf
2%

Proud To Be A Cardinal

Thank you for being “All In For Wesleyan” making WAGD 2018 an incredible success! The participation and generosity of alumni, parents, friends and fans inspires our student-athletes in the classroom, in the community and in competition.

Go, Wes!

FAQs

  • How do I make a gift?

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    Make a gift online by visiting http://give2athletics.wesleyan.edu or over the phone at 860-685-2110 by Wednesday, February 28. Unfortunately, we cannot accept stock gifts (unless arranged in advance) as part of the WAGD competition. All gifts are tax-deductible.

  • How are donor percentages determined? How can my small team compete against a larger one?

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    We've leveled the playing field by using donor percentages based on each team's alumni basenot by counting dollars or number of gifts. 

    If a team's alumni base is smaller, it will take fewer donors to have a similar percentage of giving as a team with a larger alumni base. 

    Non-alumni who make gifts to a team fund will drive the percentage up that much more. Therefore, it is possible to have donor participation exceed 100 percent.

  • What do my gifts fund?

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    Your gifts are crucial to the operational expenses Wesleyan Athletics faces dailythe equipment our athletes compete in, their pre- and post-game meals, travel expenses, assistant coach salaries and more.

    They provide resources necessary to keep us sustainable and competitive in today's intercollegiate landscape, while also shaping the future of Wesleyan Athletics. Each year our reliance on private supportto supplement the department's operating budgetincreases with the rising costs of maintaining a quality NESCAC athletic program.

     

  • Where do gifts go?

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    They go to where you direct them! Donors are encouraged to support one or more of our Cardinal teams through the Coach's Fund program. 100% of your gift will be restricted to the team(s) you select.

  • When do I need to make my gift for it to count toward WAGD?

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    All gifts must be received no later than Wednesday, February 28, 11:59 p.m. EST to be included in the WAGD competition. Transactions completed after midnight will be accepted, though not counted in the competition.

  • Is there a minimum or maximum gift amount?

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    Yes. Unlike WAGD17, there is a minimum gift of $5 to count for WAGD18. 

  • Does my gift count towards the Wesleyan Fund?

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    Unfortunately, no. Gifts for Wesleyan Athletics are considered restricted and do not count toward the Wesleyan Fund. We encourage you to also support the Wesleyan Fund by visiting http://give.wesleyan.edu.

  • Am I able to make multiple gifts during the WAGD competition? How do they count?

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    Multiple gifts by the same donor will register as a single gift as it relates to the 1500 collective donor goal. However, gifts to multiple teams will increase each team's donor percentage on their respective leaderboard.

  • Will leaderboards be updated often?

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    Yes! At launch, leaderboards will reflect team donor percentages year to date. For the WAGD period (February 21-28), leaderboards will be updated as frequently as possible. The date of the latest update will be noted on the website. 

     

  • Will gifts to the Cardinal Fund for Athletics count for the collective goal of 1500 donors?

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    Yes! All gifts to the CFFA will be counted in the cumulative donor totals and help toward the collective goal of 1500 donors. Any CFFA-dedicated gifts will not be part of the leaderboard challenge.

  • Are corporate matching gifts able to be counted in WAGD?

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    We encourage corporate matching gifts, but are unable to process them as part of the WAGD totals. Corporate matching gifts will be directed to the selected designation following WAGD.

  • Are individual team challenges permitted for WAGD?

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    Yes! Team challenges are strongly encouraged to help promote giving. Team challenges must be vetted with Karen Whalen, director of athletic fundraising, prior to WAGD. You may contact her at kwhalen@wesleyan.edu.

    If the donor offering the team challenge is able to submit their challenge gift via the above conditions (i.e., credit card payment, check) by February 28, the gift will be counted to that team's leaderboard percentage. If received after February 28, the gift will not count toward WAGD totals.

  • Can partners or spouses split their gift and get credit for two gifts?

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    On WAGD, each transaction will count as one donor for competition count purposes. Individuals must complete their own independent gift transaction to count as a donor. There is no option to split a single gift transaction between two donors.

  • How can I help Wesleyan Athletics Giving Day succeed?

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    Promote participation among your teammates and friends! The Athletic Department cannot provide any donor participation reports to align with specific team donor outreach initiatives.

    Post about WAGD on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #WAGD. Call and e-mail fellow Cardinals and encourage them to give.