A Weekend of Football Fellowship


On the afternoon of April 20th, spirited fans and alumni watched eagerly as the Wake Forest football team capped off its spring practice with the annual Spring Football Game at BB&T Field.  This year, the spring game was held in conjunction with the football alumni reunion which allowed Deacons of the past and present toRead more »

Message from Ron Wellman


Dear Deacon Club members, At the end of every season, we always review the year with our coaches.  There is much interest in the status of our men’s basketball program and how we will return to a championship caliber program.  Let me share my thoughts about our vision for the program, where we are todayRead more »

Honoring Coach Jim Leighton


Spring is in the air and it’s a time of renewal and rejuvenation.  This April marks a special occasion at the Wake Forest Tennis Complex as we prepare to name the college courts after Wake Forest Tennis legend Coach Jim Leighton.  Coach Leighton was the namesake of the on campus tennis stadium, originally dedicated inRead more »

Message from Ron Wellman


Dear Deacon Club Members, The month of July means the return of most of our student-athletes to campus to take classes the second session of summer school and to prepare for their upcoming season.  Their return to campus brings an air of enthusiasm and anticipation for the upcoming year. There is good reason to be excitedRead more »

Reflections on the trip to Monroe, LA


Dear Deacon Club members, Traveling with our various Wake Forest teams is always memorable. The experiences are often one of a kind, and sometimes it is the trips to more unique locations that create the fondest memories. Certainly, we would have loved to come away with a victory at Louisiana Monroe last week, but IRead more »

Giving Level Increase Helps Close Scholarship Gap


Dear Deacon Club members, Early this fall, the Deacon Club announced giving level increases for the first time since 2005. After careful consideration, this change was made to help close the widening gap that exists between funds raised through the Annual Fund and endowment payout and total scholarship costs that must be paid each yearRead more »

New Athletics Advisory Council to Play Key Role in Deacon Club’s Future


Dear Deacon Club members, Inspiration comes from many places, but our Deacon Club staff is extremely fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge available to us in our Deacon Club Board of Directors and newly-created Athletics Advisory Council. Over two years ago we began exploring the interest of a new generation of leaders in gettingRead more »

New Giving Levels Overview


Dear Deacon Club members, You may have noticed some major changes to the Deacon Club giving levels with our first solicitation of the 2014-15 giving year.  The names and giving levels have changed but the mission of the Deacon Club remains the same.  We are focused on the athletic department mission of Developing Champions.  OurRead more »

Men’s Basketball Seat Selection


It’s that time of year again – men’s basketball seat selection starts September 10! If you are a Deacon Club member and had season tickets last year, you will be receiving your seat selection time this week (September 1-5). The default method to select your seats is online.  If you would like to select your seatsRead more »

The “Three Legged Stool” of Fundraising


A New Year ushers in a time of optimism, hope and rebirth, providing a chance to reflect on the previous year and set goals and initiatives for the year to come. It is also a time to re-establish fundamentals and the basics of our business. When I think about fundamentals I think about my goodRead more »

Charitable Tax Deductions and the “Fiscal Cliff”


Calendar year-end giving is always a busy time for development. We typically receive about about 30% of our annual gifts during the month of December. This year we expect to be particularly busy with the recent developments in Washington. There are daily rumblings about what Congress could possibly accomplish in the lame duck session betweenRead more »