Your investment makes a difference

Successful athletics programs promote pride while increasing visibility for the College and our community. Not only do your gifts to Pioneer Athletics create life changing opportunities for our student-athletes, they support the mission of Lewis & Clark College and promote excellence in Athletics.

Where Will My Contributions Go?

All gifts to Athletics are used to support our teams and programs. Special needs vary from year to year, but the primary areas supported by Pioneer Athletics Club include:

Enhance funds for the recruitment of quality student-athletes Offset annual operating expenses for each teamProvide building enhancements to Pamplin Sports Center and other sports facilitiesCreate opportunities to celebrate the accomplishments of our student-athletesSubsidize special team travel not covered by the sport's budget

Can I Support A Specific Program?

Yes! While unrestricted gifts provide the most flexibility in supporting special needs and projects, restricted gifts directly benefit the designated team or program. Any amount can be designated and restricted to a specific team(s).

Pioneer Athletics Club

The Pioneer Athletics Club (PAC) is a critical component for our annual operating budget. Funds are used to assist with department-wide needs, including enhance funds for the recruitment of quality student-athletes, building enhancements to Pamplin Sports Center and other sports facilities, offsetting of annual operating expenses and countless other amenities for our student-athletes have been made possible thanks to your contributions.


Sport Development Funds

Any gift may be designated to a specific team or program to be used to support the specific needs of the individual program. These "restricted" gifts will be used only for the designated team or program and used for the greatest need designated by the head coach.



Endowments are a generous source of permanent income for Pioneer Athletics. The money gifted to an endowment is invested, with a percentage of the income growth supporting a specific purpose as directed by the donor(s). The remaining income is reinvested into the endowment, ensuring that the value of the investment grows forever.

Current endowments include:



Student-Life internships within the athletic department enable you to directly support current Lewis & Clark students who have an interest in pursuing a career in Sports Medicine, Sports Information/Broadcast, Athletic Development and/or Sports Administration.


Methods of Giving

Cash Gifts

The simplest and most popular way to support Pioneer Athletics is by writing a check. Your gift may designate support for a specific team or program or it may be unrestricted, which allows the Athletics Department to direct it to an area of great need.

Special Gifts

In kind gifts of goods or services may be appropriate for Athletic Department or team use. Gifts of this nature often reduce operating budget expenditures and conserve athletics department resources. For questions about in-kind needs, contact Clark Yeager, Director of Athletics at 503-768-7548.

Planned Gifts

A planned gift is one designed to benefit you and Lewis & Clark in the future. It may be in the form of a bequest in your will or living trust, a planned gift that provides either life income or life use from your asset or charitable annuities which offers fixed income payments for life.

Thoughtfully planned, any gift to L&C Athletics may provide important personal benefits while providing a future gift to the College. We encourage you to contact Sharon Bosserman-Benson at 503-768-7911 with your questions.

Matching Gifts

Many companies have matching gift programs for which L&C Athletics qualifies, enabling you to double or triple your gift. For details and a list of companies that support matching gift programs, please click here.