Athletics Giving Days 2019

 GAME OVER. Thanks for playing. GO WES!

3 Days. 1 Goal.

Cardinal Nation, 

We asked you to go all in on Wesleyan Athletics Giving Days and you responded! Thanks to more than 1800 donors, we raised over $100,000 in support for Wesleyan Athletics. 

Leaderboard results are final! Congratulations to SOFTBALL and MEN'S BASKETBALL.

On behalf of our coaching faculty, staff and student-athletes, THANK YOU!  

Henry Ford said, “Coming together is the beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.”  We wouldn’t be able to provide our student-athletes with the opportunity to achieve, serve and lead without the enthusiastic support of our alumni, parents, friends, and fans. I am humbled by your commitment to the work we do.

Whether you give during WAGD, or any other time of the academic year, we are extremely grateful for your investment in Wesleyan Athletics. Funds raised are used to support a wide range of needs and opportunities for the 600+ student-athletes proudly wearing the Red & Black. 

With Cardinal pride, 

Mike Whalen ‘83
Frank V. Sica Director of Athletics

Leaderboards are final. Thank you for your support! Congratulations SOFTBALL and MEN'S BASKETBALL.

DONOR COUNT: 1832

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

Women's Sports

1
Softball
276%
2
Volleyball
210%
3
Lacrosse
83%
4
Basketball
71%
5
Tennis
46%
6
Soccer
42%
7
Squash
28%
8
Ice Hockey
26%
9
Field Hockey
23%
10
Cross Country
22%
11
Crew
17%
12
Swimming & Diving
17%
13
Track & Field
4%

Men's Sports

1
Basketball
112%
2
Tennis
43%
3
Lacrosse
40%
4
Wrestling
24%
5
Ice Hockey
20%
6
Football
16%
7
Soccer
15%
8
Crew
15%
9
Cross Country
14%
10
Squash
14%
11
Swimming & Diving
10%
12
Baseball
9%
13
Track & Field
3%
14
Golf
1%

Number of Donors by State (2/11-13)

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 13. 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 solicitable alumni basenot by counting dollars or number of gifts. Solicitable base = the number of alumni who have made a gift to the team in the last 5 years.

    If a team's 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 13, 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. There is a minimum gift of $5 to count for WAGD19. 

  • 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 900 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 11-13), 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 900 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 900 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 13, the gift will be counted to that team's leaderboard percentage. If received after February 13, 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 counts 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 #WAGD19. Call and e-mail fellow Cardinals and encourage them to also give.