Support Your Bears


The Brown University Sports Foundation (BUSF) is committed to providing financial support to ensure a quality athletic experience for the Brown student-athlete and the entire Brown community. The Sports Foundation is responsible for providing almost 50 percent of the athletic department’s budget each fiscal year (July 1 – June 30) through a combination of annual-use fundraising and earnings from Brown Athletic endowments.

You can support Brown Athletics through the Sports Foundation within the following four areas:

  • Annual Use (funds directed towards and utilized by any of the 37 varsity sports and seven club sports, as well as the Athletic Director’s Excellence Fund, which supports all of our student-athletes and coaches)
  • Endowment (funds directed to provide a foundation for athletic excellence in the future)
  • Facilities (funds that will transform Brown’s athletic facilities to reflect the overall excellence of the University)
  • Special Projects (each fiscal year, the BUSF raises funds for special projects or trips that are identified as priorities by the Athletic Department)

Make a gift to support Brown Athletics.



Drive for Five

The Drive for Five began eight years ago as an effort to increase the number of leadership donors with gifts of $5,000+. In FY 2009, the Sports Foundation had 226 Drive for Five donors, up 80 percent since the program’s inception. The goal of the Drive for Five program, which is especially pertinent during the University's Plan for Academic Enrichment, is to establish a vital and consistent group that annually provides leadership giving for Brown's athletic teams. The Drive for Five donor goal for FY '10 is 250. If you wish to participate, please contact Kelly Fitzsimmons at 401-863-7503 or click here to make a gift online.

Leaders on the Rise

Leaders on the Rise are Sports Foundation donors who provided $1,000 - $4,999 over the past fiscal year. The program has grown from 339 donors in FY '04 to 429 donors in FY '09, a 26.5 percent increase over the past five years. Leaders on the Rise provide a solid foundation of giving that is critical to the success of Brown's teams. The Leaders on the Rise donor goal for FY10 is 450. If you wish to be a Leader on the Rise, please contact Kelly Fitzsimmons at 401-863-7503 or click here to make a gift online.

Loyal Bears Club

Brown alumni, parents and friends who have most consistently supported Brown Athletics through the Brown Sports Foundation with four consecutive years of giving at any level.