The Fund for Excellence

Our supporters are passionate about specific varsity sports programs, but in order to fundamentally transform Columbia Athletics, a strong base of unified donor support is critical. That is why we ask all our donors who give to individual varsity sports programs to consider making an additional contribution to The Fund for Excellence annually.

Not one of our varsity sports programs is independent from support from Columbia Athletics; every team benefits from Departmental support, some to the tune of 70% or more. This model of fundraising lets our alumni, parents, and friends choose to give to varsity sports programs individually, while also supporting the essential overall enrichment  projects that benefit our student-athlete community as a whole.


The Fund for Excellence supports:

Varsity Sports Programs’ operating budgets
  • Increased meal allowances, recruiting funds, equipment and uniforms, special trips and contests
The student-athlete experience
  • Annual Varsity C Celebration
  • Annual Student-Athlete Welcome
Championship Recognition
  • Performance bonuses and championship rings
  • New competition and practice venues
  • Renovated locker rooms

Additionally, The Fund for Excellence helps underwrite two critical initiatives for Columbia Athletics: the recruitment and retention of outstanding coaches, as well as Championship Performance.

Annual gifts to The Fund for Excellence of $250 or more qualify for Varsity C Club Membership. Membership is based on giving in the fiscal year; the current fiscal year runs from July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017.

  • **Young Alumni (Classes 2012-2016) qualify for Varsity C Club Membership with an annual gift to The Fund for Excellence of $100.

We have also established a special program for our most generous donors to The Fund for Excellence. Donors who make a gift of $10,000 or more qualify for membership in the Lions Circle. Members of the Lions Circle have the opportunity for greater high-level personal involvement with Columbia Athletics and University leaders.

Click here to make your gift to The Fund for Excellence and join the Varsity C Club or Lions Circle today.