Application Information 2018-01-18T13:00:47+00:00

NIRSA Foundation Board of Directors Application Information

Our Mission

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 2018, 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.

Our Fields of Interest

Among numerous funds and endowments maintained by the NIRSA Foundation Board, four field of interest funds function as our key pillars supporting our mission. They are:

  1. Scholarships: This fund promotes immediate access to NIRSA members for professional development activities. The main activity of this pillar is the management of the student and professional scholarship/stipend program.
  2. Research: This fund supports activities that maintain, strengthen, and advance the profession of collegiate recreation to both internal and external stakeholders. This pillar comprises activities such as white papers, research, assessment, benchmarking, and publications. This includes the NIRSA Foundation’s support of the Institutional Data Set, NIRSA Research Grant Program, and Recreational Sports Journal.
  3. Student Officials Development: This fund supports the leadership development of NIRSA members through participation in the officials’ training offered during the NIRSA Championship Series.
  4. Leadership: This fund supports activities that inspire, promote, convene, and disseminate thought leadership for NIRSA. This includes support of strategic value areas, trends in collegiate recreation, environmental scanning, advocacy, and analysis of issues facing the industry and higher education in general. This fund also supports opportunities to position NIRSA with key external partners.

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 financially support the NIRSA Foundation during their term of office and beyond. Board members will consider the NIRSA Foundation a philanthropic priority and make their own assessment of their ability to donate in such a way that reflects that priority. As a guideline, it is suggested that Board members contribute $1,000 or more over a three-year term of office, with monthly giving options available. This is less than $30/month.

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 teleconference meetings
  • Participate in Board Orientation & Spring Meetings (date TBD) and the NIRSA Annual Conference and Campus Rec & Wellness Expo
  • 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 now closed and will reopen late Fall 2018.

Apply for the NIRSA Foundation Board Today!
Applications are currently closed

For questions about NIRSA Foundation Board positions, please contact NIRSA Foundation President Eric Stein or NIRSA Foundation President-elect Deb Johnson. If you have any questions or difficulties completed the application form, please contact the NIRSA Foundation Coordinator Kelley Hungerford.


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.