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The Fund for Davidson

Every year, thousands of alumni, parents, and friends support Davidson through The Fund for Davidson (formerly the Annual Fund). The Fund for Davidson supports every student, faculty member, and program on campus and gives us the flexibility to remain current and respond to the college’s ever-changing needs, while maintaining our commitment to preparing our students to live lives of leadership and service. In short, your gift makes a difference and ensures that Davidson remains the extraordinary place that we love. We also understand what an impact Davidson had on your life, so we invite you to designate your gift to the area that is most meaningful for you. Thank you for investing in this extraordinary place.

Areas of Support

  • Unrestricted Giving
  • Access and Affordability: The Davidson Trust
  • Experiential Learning Research initiatives Internships and fellowships
  • Athletics
  • Arts Visual, literary, and performing arts WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio

The Parent Fund for Davidson

The Parent Fund for Davidson is an integral part of the college’s Fund for Davidson. Each year, more than 1,000 non-alumni parents give to the fund, which directly impacts the lives of students by providing scholarships, library resources, technology, athletic equipment and more. Parent supporters enable us to implement exceptional programs and initiatives that better prepare our students to live lives of leadership and service. Current and past parents contributed more than $1.8 million in expendable funds in fiscal year 2014 and donated more than $3 million for all endowed and capital projects.

Areas of Support

  • Unrestricted Giving
  • Access and Affordability: The Davidson Trust
  • Experiential Learning Research initiatives Internships and fellowships
  • Athletics
  • Arts Visual, literary, and performing arts WDAV 89.9 Classical Public Radio

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DAVIDSON ATHLETIC FUND

The Davidson Athletic Fund (DAF) provides operating, scholarship and capital funds to support 21 NCAA Division I programs and more than 420 student athletes. For more information about supporting Davidson Athletics, visit the Davidson Athletic Fund.

Areas of Support

  • Annual Support
  • Scholarships (current-use and endowed)
  • Capital Projects

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FRIENDS OF THE ARTS

The arts play a vital role in fostering creativity, collaboration and learning at Davidson. Members of Friends of the Arts support the visual, performing and literary arts at Davidson College. Because of the generosity of our members, the college offers dynamic programs that enhance the academic curriculum at the college and expand audiences’ awareness of and accessibility to the arts in our community. Specifically, faculty and student projects in the music, theatre, visual and literary arts are supported by Friends of the Arts. The artist-in-residence program is also supported by Friends of the Arts and it remains essential to the creative life of the college. The college is proud to host renowned guest vocalists, musicians, dance troupes and theatre companies from around the world as part of the Smith Artist Series and Concert Series. Davidson hosts traveling gallery exhibits, student and faculty works, and our own extensive permanent collection of visual art at the Katherine and Tom Belk Visual Arts Center. And throughout the academic year, our exceptional Davidson students share the stages, contribute to the galleries and reach into the community as part of the many performances, exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures.


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WDAV

WDAV 89.9, a public radio service of Davidson College and licensed to the Trustees of Davidson College, is a member-supported public radio service providing classical music and cultural arts programming 24 hours each day. WDAV reaches a Charlotte, NC-centered 22 county market of 2.2 million people. The station attracts approximately 100,000 listeners each week and receives financial support from approximately 5500 members. The station’s 24-hour service is certified by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and is a member of NPR National Public Radio and an affiliate of American Public Media carrying NPR newscasts at various times throughout the day. The purpose of WDAV is to provide classical music and cultural arts programming of the highest quality and to promote the activities of local arts organizations and artists of all disciplines. The station is more than a music service. Significant air time and staff resources are devoted to creating “a community of the arts.” This is accomplished by broadcasting locally recorded concerts and by promoting the events and activities of area arts organizations through on-air public service announcements, co-sponsorships, ticket-gives and occasional interview features. WDAV promotes major community projects throughout the year. In 1996, WDAV received statewide recognition with the “Excellence in Media” award from ARC of North Carolina (Association of Retarded Citizens).In 1998 the station was awarded the DEI Award for major Gifts at the Public Radio Conference in Washington DC.


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DINNER AT DAVIDSON

A Successful 2016 Event

The 2016 Dinner at Davidson event was held Feb. 5 and raised more than $35,000 for The Davidson Trust. Nearly 200 attendees had the opportunity to hear from current students who presented about their educational passions and experiences. The message also focused on the impact of The Davidson Trust on every Davidson student’s life. The keynote address was given by Clark Ross, Frontis W. Johnston Professor of Economics, who also served the college as the vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty for many years. To learn more, please contact this year’s student chair, Aditi Ghatlia ’18 at adghatlia@davidson.edu.

History

Dinner at Davidson began in 2010 with a small group of students in the Student Government Association’s External Affairs Committee. Led by Jordan Starck ’12, the small community outreach fundraiser explained the impact of The Davidson Trust to the larger Davidson community and raised a few thousand dollars to support The Trust. The following year, the students raised over $22,000 which more than doubled in 2012 when the addition of an online auction helped to raise $50,000. In 2013, a production written and performed by students, Trust: The Play, helped us raise more than $40,000. Last year, Dinner at Davidson raised $36,500 and featured a gallery of student work showing the diverse interests and talents that The Trust helps facilitate.

Our Ongoing Commitment

The success of Dinner at Davidson has enabled students to create an expendable scholarship – the Student Government Association Davidson Trust Scholarship – which helps bring strong students from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds to the campus community. In August 2011, the college welcomed its first recipient of the scholarship to campus, a member of the Class of 2015. Last year marked a milestone for Dinner at Davidson as we celebrate the graduation of this scholarship recipient. Our student-led movement is as much about raising awareness as it is about raising money. We believe that every member of our campus community benefits from the increased talent and diversity of students that The Trust allows the college to bring to campus. Davidson students involved with Dinner at Davidson don’t just focus our energies on the annual dinner but also organize other awareness and fundraising events to create ongoing conversations about The Trust’s impact on our campus. While we are all busy students, we want to commit our time and energy to making Davidson College the best community it can be.