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The USA Volleyball Foundation was established in 1995 and serves as a “support organization” for USA Volleyball and its Regional Volleyball Associations.

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and the philanthropic arm of USA Volleyball, the Foundation is responsible for providing long-term financial support through various fundraising efforts and supporting the mission and goals of USA Volleyball and its Regions.

After the 1984 Olympics, the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee granted USA Volleyball $1,280,000 out of the net profits from the Games. These monies were then designated as a restricted asset to be invested for the long term. In 2005, the USAV Board officially transferred these funds to the Foundation to serve as the beginnings of a permanent endowment. Since that time, the Foundation’s investment assets have grown to almost $4 million.

The Foundation aims to obtain donations of money and other financial instruments from private donors, corporations and other foundations for the programs, events, and purposes that USA Volleyball has identified will “grow the game” for the citizens of United States of America.

Private support is vital to developing the “pipeline” of athletes, coaches and others (from grassroots programs to the elite levels) who will represent the U.S. in international competition and to achieve what the USOC has identified as “Olympism and the Olympic Ideals”: A philosophy of life rooted in the balanced development of the mind, body and character, combining culture and education with a view to promoting peace, understanding, dignity, fair-play and respect for others.


The USA Volleyball Foundation fully subscribes to the Donor Bill of Rights as stated below. The Foundation is dedicated to ensuring these Rights are followed as stated and as intended.

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:

  1. To be informed of the organization’s mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.
  2. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization’s governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.
  3. To have access to the organization’s most recent financial statements.
  4. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.
  5. To receive appropriate acknowledgment and recognition.
  6. To be assured that information about their donations is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.
  7. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.
  8. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.
  9. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.
  10. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers.
  11. The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993.