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The NIRSA Foundation, through fundraising and stewardship efforts, works in cooperation with NIRSA to enhance the effectiveness of collegiate recreational sports by providing its members meaningful opportunities for scholarship, research, and personal and professional development.


NIRSA members founded the NIRSA Foundation in 1992, as a grassroots movement to give back to the association that had given them so much. The NIRSA Foundation Board provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. The Board’s primary responsibility is the development of financial resources through donations from NIRSA individual and corporate members. We strive for a balance of fundraising and philanthropy: We celebrate our NIRSA family, promote the successes of NIRSA members, and encourage a monetary commitment to the thriving future of our profession.

In 2020-2021, the NIRSA Foundation will continue its vision for fundraising that will include donor cultivation of current and prospective NIRSA members as well as stewardship of young professionals to ensure a future culture of philanthropy among NIRSA members.

Focus for 2020-2023 Board Terms

Focus for 2020-2023 Foundation Board Terms/Skills we are recruiting for:

  • Innovator  – explore new ways to fundraise that focus on ensuring a future culture of philanthropy among NIRSA members
  • Strategic Thinker – ability to think conceptually, imaginatively, systematically, and opportunistically when it comes to fundraising and stewardship
  • Financial Knowledge – ability and commitment to learn, or already possess a working knowledge of, foundation and development financial practices

Our Fields of Interest

The NIRSA Foundation Board strives to support NIRSA’s highest priorities by directing resources to advance the Association’s strategic initiatives and investing in emerging opportunities that elevate the field of campus recreation and support the NIRSA Family.

Currently, the NIRSA Foundation focuses on the following fields of interest:

  1. Scholarships: We strive to make NIRSA’s premier learning events accessible for NIRSA students and professionals through scholarships. Donations allow NIRSA members to take advantage of the Association’s premier educational opportunities by covering event registration fees. Members at all stages of their career benefit from learning, innovating, and networking at these events, and donations expand professional growth opportunities for the NIRSA Family.
  2. Research: Research-related initiatives strengthen the value and relevance of campus recreation to external stakeholders, including those within higher education, college students, parents, and employees. NIRSA’s research and assessment are second-to-none, and donations ensure the growth and dissemination of this knowledge communicating the value of and emerging trends within campus recreation.
  3. Student Officials Development: Donations support the skills and leadership development of student officials through training offered at the high-profile NIRSA National Championship Series tournaments. Students who participate in these crucial trainings strengthen their leadership and conflict resolution skills and give back to their communities on and off the field. Donations to student officials development also provide a grassroots solution to the nationwide shortage of young officials at all levels of competition.
  4. Health & Wellbeing: Health & wellbeing is a rising priority on campuses and within the profession and one of NIRSA’s strategic values. Donations ensure the pursuit of these new initiatives, supporting health & wellbeing resource development and learning opportunities.

NIRSA Foundation Board Member Expectations

A position on the NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors is an honor and a privilege. Board members serve as the primary ambassadors for the NIRSA Foundation and will fulfill all duties and obligations in the highest professional manner while upholding the mission, goals, objectives, and ideals of the Board.

NIRSA Foundation Board members are expected to donate, to the best of their ability, to the NIRSA Foundation during their term of office. The NIRSA Foundation believes in the strength of a peer to peer fundraising model and a board member can not participate in that model, or provide feedback as to how we can improve the donor experience, if they can not relate to the Foundation as a donor.

Specific expectations include:

  • Maintain current, active NIRSA membership in the Professional, Professional Life, or Emeritus category throughout the term
  • Commit to serve a three (3) year term of office
  • Participate in scheduled monthly videoconference meetings
  • Participate in Board Orientation & Spring Meetings (Spring 2020) and the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo (March 2021, March 2022, & March 2023)
  • Manage the requirements of a volunteer leader with the expectations associated with one’s primary job responsibilities
  • Participate as a member to NIRSA Foundation Board committees as assigned
  • Financially support the NIRSA Foundation through personal giving
  • Demonstrate passion for the mission of the NIRSA Foundation
  • Participate in donor cultivation and retention strategies

Qualifications and Competencies needed to serve on the NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors

Communication: Ability to clearly and effectively articulate opinions and ideas as well as acclimate to the various audiences of the NIRSA Foundation. Willing to serve as a voice for the NIRSA Foundation to:

  • Engage and educate donors on the purpose, functions, and initiatives of the NIRSA Foundation.
  • Solicit contributions from individuals and organizations who may or may not be NIRSA members.
  • Represent the NIRSA Foundation Board at various NIRSA functions and industry-related events, as appropriate.

Critical Thinking: Ability to actively and skillfully conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information to inform decision making.

Strategic Thinking: Ability to think conceptually, imaginatively, systematically, and opportunistically in alignment with organization’s core purpose.

Leadership: Ability to distinctively represent the NIRSA Foundation in a positive and diverse way. Holds a high reputation in that capacity as well as:

  • Embraces the core purpose of the NIRSA Foundation.
  • Demonstrates an understanding of the NIRSA Foundation’s beneficiaries and a commitment to the communities the NIRSA Foundation serves.

Knowledge: Ability and commitment to learn, or already possesses a working knowledge of, foundation and development best practices. Understands fiduciary responsibilities as a Board member.

Application Process

NIRSA Foundation Board applications are closed.

Apply for the NIRSA Foundation Board Today!

For questions about NIRSA Foundation Board positions, please contact NIRSA Foundation President Janice DeMonsi or NIRSA Foundation President-elect Brent Harrison. If you have any questions or difficulties completing the application form, please contact the NIRSA Foundation Coordinator at


Also required is confirmation/acknowledgment from supervisor (employer) of support for volunteer service. Serving on the NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors requires a considerable time commitment; therefore, we require your supervisor to acknowledge and support your intention to serve on this Board. Submit confirmation along with this completed application via email to NIRSA Foundation Coordinator Kelley Hungerford at

Please Note: Submittal of this form does not guarantee a nomination by the NIRSA Foundation Board.

The NIRSA Foundation Nominations Committee will review applications and propose a slate of candidates to the current NIRSA Foundation Board for endorsement. The NIRSA Foundation Board forwards the recommended slate to the NIRSA Board of Directors for approval.

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