Our Mission, Purpose and Goals
The Bearcat Athletic Fund supports Willamette University’s 20 NCAA Division III varsity programs. Any gift to any athletics fund qualifies as a Bearcat Athletics donation. Gifts to the Bearcat Athletic Fund provide annual support to supplement team operating budgets. The Department of Athletics strives to provide additional resources for Willamette Athletics programs through the Bearcat Athletic Fund to ensure all student-athletes receive quality athletic experiences.
Can I Support A Specific Program?
Yes! While we urge gifts to the Bearcat Athletic Fund, you may designate gifts to a team or program and your support will send the message that your particular sport is vital to the Willamette experience.
Where Does the Money Go?
All gifts to Athletics are used to support our teams and programs. A portion of unrestricted funds are used to pay for expenses associated with Bearcat Athletics operations (i.e., printing, mailing costs).
Bearcat Athletics Annual Gifts
The Bearcat Athletic Fund is a critical component for our annual operating budget. These unrestricted funds, along with gifts designated to specific sports, are used to meet the needs of a successful Division III Athletics program, including team travel, equipment costs, facilities maintenance, and awards. Your gift to Bearcat Athletics makes the difference in our program's ongoing success.
Endowments may be established with a minimum gift of $50,000, and can be established for specific teams or programs as well as for general Athletics department use. Endowments may be named to honor an individual or the donor. Endowment gifts may be made payable over a maximum five year period.
Types of Gifts
In addition to gifts of cash, check or credit card, Willamette welcomes gifts of real property, planned gifts, and gifts in-kind. If you have interest in any of these types of support, please contact Valerie Cleary.