With football having so recently been suspended, why is the College starting a fundraising campaign for football so quickly?
The decision to suspend the football program was made with the intent of restarting the program in Fall of 2020 as long as three conditions were met, including raising funds through alumni and friends. If the goal of a 2020 restart is to be met, funding must be secured by June 1, 2019, to enable hiring a coach and giving that person sufficient time to recruit a roster that will ensure some degree of competitiveness when the team returns.
What is Earlham’s commitment to a healthy football program?
Earlham is committed to a healthy, competitive football program that better ensures player safety and a more positive co-curricular experience. To that end, the College has formed the Football Review Committee to provide an overview of what is required to support a viable intercollegiate football program at Earlham College.
This overview will include information regarding: the quality of the recruited football student-athlete experience; the health and safety risks for student-athletes who participate in the game of football; an approximation of the optimal number of recruited football student-athletes it requires to provide a competitive experience for those students at the NCAA Division III intercollegiate athletics level and the College’s ability to recruit and retain football student-athletes; the number of peer and aspiration colleges that continue to sponsor intercollegiate football; the number of peer and aspiration Quaker and historically Quaker colleges that continue to sponsor football; the programmatic and staffing costs it requires to adequately sponsor football as a competitive intercollegiate sport; and the impact football has on the diversity of the College's student body, its enrollment, and its net tuition revenue.
The committee made up of current students, alumni, staff, peer institution coaches and former Heartland Conference leadership, has had already started meeting.
Why is the College starting a football fundraising campaign before the FRC has completed its work?
The fundraising campaign was initiated in January 2019 in an effort to secure the necessary funding to hire a coaching staff and attempt to field a team by 2020. The deadline of June 1 was chosen to allow the fundraising effort ample time to reach the goal and coordinate with the established FRC timeline to complete their charge.
What happens to my money if the football program is not reinstated in June 2019?
If the football program is not reinstated, cash gifts that have been secured will be put into a fund to maintain Darrell Beane stadium or the donor may designate their gift to support the institutional priority of their choice. The stadium is the only major athletic facility without a standing maintenance fund. Field hockey and track will continue to use the facility going forward. Maintaining the stadium ensures that the facility is in good order when football does return. Any pledges to the football program, for either the initial $300,000 cash goal or the additional $600,000 payable over the next two years would be voided if the program is not reinstated.
If the football program isn’t reinstated, why can’t I get my cash donation back?
It is the College’s policy not to return cash gifts. Those who wish to support the football program can make pledges for the total $900,000 fundraising effort. If the total fundraising goal is met by June 1, 2019, donors will be asked to fulfill their pledges to the initial gift of $300,000 by June 30, 2019.
What happens if the fundraising goals are not met by June 1, 2019?
If the fundraising goal is not met by June 1, 2019, the program will not be reinstated in Fall 2020 because the pre-set conditions for consideration of reinstating the program will not have been met. Future consideration of the reinstatement of the program will be at the discretion of the new administration.
Is it required that each donor give $300?
Donations of any size will gladly be accepted. Pledges are equally important to the cash goal.