Furman Athletics and the university’s Office of Development have launched the Furman Athletics Fund, which will serve as the fundraising arm for the athletics department.
“The Furman Athletics Fund recognizes the tremendous growth in charitable giving that we have seen over the past several years,” said Jason Donnelly, Furman’s director of athletics. “As we move forward and continue to serve our university community, Furman Athletics increasingly relies on the generosity of our loyal donors who invest in and impact the lives of our student-athletes. Whether a donor is passionate about scholarships, facilities or specific sports programs, the Furman Athletics Fund provides greater impact opportunities that are more comprehensive and better position the department for future growth and success.”
The new fund will replace the Paladin Club, which has operated as the scholarship fund for Furman Athletics and has been the primary means of financial support for student-athlete scholarships. It also served to recognize athletics donors throughout the year.
The Furman Athletics Fund will encapsulate all athletics gifts, including scholarships, facilities and program-specific needs, as well as donor recognition.
In addition, the Paladin Scholarship Fund will be available to donors for enhanced priority points, special events and donor recognition.
“This donor-centric model was created to allow for our Furman Athletics Fund team within the Office of Development to celebrate and recognize athletics donors of all levels, regardless of where their gift was allocated within the Athletics Department,” said Erin Wissing, Furman’s senior associate athletic director. “This new program provides more choice for our donors when determining which funds within Athletics to support as we strive to provide the best experience, build winning programs and provide The Furman Advantage for our 350 student-athletes on and off the field.”
Anyone who donates over $50 to Furman Athletics will become a member of the Furman Athletics Fund and will receive ongoing recognition from the Office of Development. Donors will also have access to special Furman Athletics ticket opportunities and receive invitations to exclusive Furman Athletics Fund events.