FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is considered a Friend of a particular sport?
Dartmouth considers all former athletes, all parents of student-athletes (past and present) and any donors to a Friends program to be Friends of that particular sport. Friends receive news and information from the program, invitations to special events, and are solicited annually to provide targeted resources for that sport. If you wish to become a Friend of a particular sport, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Conversely, you may also email us to opt out of a Friends program.
When should I make my gift?
The Friends funds are annuals funds that run on a fiscal year of July 1 to June 30. We ask that our alumni, parents and friends give at least one time per year when it is most beneficial for the donor. From Dartmouth’s perspective, the earlier in the fiscal year that gifts are made, the sooner they can be put to work to make an impact on our student-athletes.
Why do gifts to Friends support both the men and women's team? Can't I just support the team that I played for?
Dartmouth is committed to providing equitable experiences for all student-athletes, and combining Friends fundraising is one way that we are able to do this. It is important to note that all men's and women's Friends advisory boards are committed to raising enough resources to ensure that both programs are able to sustain excellence.
I'm an alumnus/na. Does my gift for Friends count in my reunion?
Yes, it does. Your class will have two goals for its reunion: gifts for financial aid through the Dartmouth College Fund (which is our largest source of financial aid) and gifts to other areas of the College, such as Friends of Athletics. Alumni are encouraged to support financial aid through the Dartmouth College Fund AND support their favorite team(s). Gifts through the Fund provide the resources to recruit the best student athletes regardless of their financial circumstances. Learn more about the Dartmouth College Fund.
I'm a parent and I pay my child's tuition. Why doesn't that cover the cost of his/her sport?
Dartmouth educates the most promising students and prepares them for a lifetime of learning and of responsible leadership, through a faculty dedicated to teaching and the creation of knowledge. Our coaches and athletics programs are an extension of this learning, and funding for our athletics programs is a part of the College's annual budget. But the landscape of intercollegiate athletics is evolving rapidly, and Dartmouth can't pass these rising costs on to the students in the form of greater tuition. Instead, we turn to our alumni, parents and friends who have a vested interest in these teams and ask their support in taking our funding to a level that allows us to create first-class experiences for student-athletes and success in competition.