Recently, Tom Suddes, founder of For Impact and father of Meghan Suddes Cox (’99), posed this question to our staff. The conversation that ensued hit on the best ways to support the Deacon Club, both now and in the future.
Following our conversation with Tom, I couldn’t help but think of how vital the involvement and support of our donors is in helping us achieve great things for Wake Forest. If you have been wondering how you can make a difference, I hope the following ideas will help you see what you can do today, tomorrow and forever to help us achieve our mission of Developing Champions at Wake Forest.
Today – What can you do right now?
Be an advocate for Wake Forest. As a smaller alumni and fan base we need to be loud and proud. Wear your Wake Forest gear with pride. Acknowledge other fans in the community. Help us engage others to join our cause. Work to engage and involve your Wake Forest friends to support the Deacs.
Attend more games. Come to more of our home games. Regardless of the sport, greater attendance and atmosphere starts with you. Be a leader by example and prioritize attendance. Consider traveling with the Deacon football team to West Point this fall. Consider attending other events such as the Pro-Am Golf Tournament on October 13-14th.
Join or Upgrade your membership in the Deacon Club Annual Scholarship Fund. Scholarship support is the core of our mission. 100% of your Annual Fund gift supports this initiative.
Referrals. Encourage your classmates, friends and co-workers to support our student-athletes by joining the Deacon Club. It’s also a way to increase your membership status through our referral point system.
Volunteering in our office. Earn points toward your membership and develop relationships with our staff and students by volunteering some time in our office. We always appreciate help with the phones, mailings and other projects that help the Deacon Club operate smoothly.
Create an endowed scholarship. If you have the ability, consider creating a family legacy or taking the opportunity to remember a loved one, or coach, player or administrator. A minimum pledge or gift of $100,000 is required to award a scholarship fund to a deserving student-athlete. We currently have 144 awarded funds that will provide scholarship funds in perpetuity.
Support a capital project. If you have a passion for one of our sports or coaches, consider getting involved with a capital priority. We currently have active projects in Football, Basketball, Baseball, Soccer, Tennis and Field Hockey. Specific plans have been created and naming opportunities are available for your support.
Include Wake Forest in your estate. The easiest and most significant way someone may be able to make a difference is through a provision in one’s estate to support the athletic department. A percentage or a specific amount can make a difference in our program. Some of our largest gifts have been received through a planned gift.
Think about a transformational gift. Not everyone is in a position to make a transformational gift. This type of gift would transform a sport or facility, or create a new a program or sport.
As you think about your support of Wake Forest Athletics, think about it in terms of today, tomorrow and forever.
Take care and go Deacs!!