The Rebel Athletic Fund is the fundraising arm of UNLV Athletics and assists student-athletes as they strive for excellence academically and athletically. We encourage private giving and volunteer leadership from Rebels everywhere so that we can strengthen the overall competitiveness of our teams. The generated revenue guides and inspires young men and women to achieve their maximum potential in the classroom and in competition.


  • Support: Reach our budgeted gift goal which meets the annual costs of scholarships for our student-athletes.

  • Participation: Grow total active Rebel Athletic Fund membership to 5,000.

  • Retention: Maintain a 90% retention rate among all current donors.

  • Service: Instill a service first attitude among all RAF employees.

R espect and Sportsmanship.

E xcellence in all we do.

B alance of life and sport.

E quity and diversity.

L eadership and integrity.

S tudent-Athlete well being.


In the competitive world of college athletics, universities across the country are involved in a continuous effort to enhance the student-athlete experience. Philanthropic support, therefore, has never been more important. From nutrition centers and scholarships to state-of-the-art facilities, gifts from private donors accelerate competitiveness and enable life-changing community engagement.

At UNLV, the Rebel Athletic Fund (RAF) represents the Athletic Department's conduit to UNLV's community base. Through partnerships with individual donors, corporate stakeholders and private foundations, RAF works to secure support – in many forms – fundamental to the Athletic Department's important mission.

Expanding engagement with our community is essential to the student-athlete experience at UNLV. Support can come in many forms but all gifts begin with relationships. Our slogan “Us. Now. Las Vegas” speaks to what the community of Las Vegas means to Rebel Athletics. The Rebel Athletic Fund is our bridge to the community, building relationships that position our student-athletes for lifelong success.

- UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed Francois

UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed Francois

You become a stake holder in the future of UNLV athletics and an investor in the lives of the 450 student-athletes who represent this remarkable institution.

Participation allows you to enjoy a heightened experience of UNLV athletics and provides opportunities for you to enjoy games from some of the best seats in the house.

Enjoy social networking opportunities with other Rebel supporters who feel as passionately about UNLV athletics as you.

You will receive first access to post season ticket and travel opportunities with our teams.

Most importantly you will be creating life shaping experiences for every young man and woman who will be well prepared to graduate and help change the world.

The UNLV Athletic Department benefits from the generosity of committed alumni, community members, parents and friends who have included the athletic program in their charitable giving and financial planning.

Contributions can come to UNLV Athletics in various amounts, for numerous reasons, and in many forms. The programs and gifting opportunities currently available are presented below. Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Rebel Athletic Fund at (702) 895-1533 or

All contributions are tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.

Annual Donations

You can become a member of the Rebel Athletic Fund starting at just $100.Your contribution is used to fund scholarships for student-athletes. Credit cards or checks are always acceptable. Gifts are acknowledged by receipt from the UNLV Foundation and the Rebel Athletic Fund. Make all checks payable to UNLV Foundation.

Major Gifts

Donations are the fuel that drives UNLV Athletics. The Rebel Athletic Fund exists to coordinate and administer major gifts to the Athletics Department. These gifts are graciously accepted and provide funding for several aspects of men's and women's programs, from endowing student-athlete scholarships to helping fund much needed facility improvements.

Individual Sport Giving

It is a great way to support UNLV Athletics. This program is designed as an easy and effective way for RAF members to channel gifts to specific sport programs within the UNLV Athletic Department. These gifts enable coaches to supplement the operational budget of their sport used for recruiting, equipment, team travel and other various expenses.
Current Donation Opportunities:

Capital Gifts

Capital Campaign gifts are used to build and enhance athletic facilities for UNLV Athletics. There are numerous capital needs within UNLV Athletics; currently we are working on the Mendenhall Center which is a state of art Men's Basketball practice facility.
Current Donation Opportunities: Mendenhall Center • Football Locker


A gift-in-kind is a contribution of tangible property such as products, services, equipment or merchandise in place of a cash donation to the Rebel Athletic Fund. These gifts provide budgetary relief for the athletic department while providing tax relief and other benefits for donors including priority to purchase season tickets and parking. All gift-in-kind pledges must be approved by the Rebel Athletic Fund staff before qualifying for priority benefits.

Gifts of Investment

Appreciated securities, real property or tangible personal assets are accepted by the Rebel Athletic Fund.

Matching Gifts

Many companies match employee contributions. Gift credit is given for your personal donation and the company's matching gift. Please consult the benefits office at your place of employment. You may be able to double or triple the value of your gift and benefits. Please check with the Rebel Athletic Fund and the matching company to be sure that the matching sum can be applied to for donor benefits. If the company chooses to stop matching a donor's gift, the donor is responsible for the entire annual contribution to maintain the same benefits.

Endowed Gifts

The endowment program represents a long term resource which can offset the financial strains of escalating scholarship costs, rising operational expenses, and the need for facility enhancements. There is no better way to have your name, or that of a loved one, permanently associated with UNLV Athletics. Endowments come from the heart, and they all share a common goal - ensuring the future of excellence in athletics at UNLV for generations to come.

Estate Gifts

Gifts through wills and bequests can provide you with benefits and the opportunity to sustain your family name through endowed scholarships with the UNLV Athletic Department. Estate gifts can be made with a designated amount, a real asset, or a residual bequest. Please consult your attorney. The Rebel Athletic Fund can provide the appropriate wording for inclusion in your planning. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.

Life Income Gifts

Charitable remainder trusts can provide current tax advantages while providing the donor with income for a designated period of time or life. They provide the Athletic Department with an endowed scholarship or operating fund gift upon the completion of the trust or donor's death. You also are encouraged to consult your tax advisor. Benefits for these gifts must be evaluated on an individual case basis.


John Gladchuk

Senior Associate Athletics Director, External Affairs

Email  |  702-895-4729

Erick Harper

Senior Associate Athletics Director for Development

Email  |   702-895-1712

Mitchell White

Assistant Athletic Director, Development

Email  |  702-895-4497

Blair DeBord

Sr. Director of Development

Gary Plumlee

Director of Development

Email  |  702-895-4291

Michael Beiler

Director of Annual Giving

Janelle Nguyen

Development Operations Specialist

Email  |  702-895-3020

Mailing Address

Rebel Athletic Fund
4505 Maryland Parkway Box 450030
Las Vegas, NV 89154-0030

Phone / Fax

Phone: 702.895.1533
Fax: 702.895.3079