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Harvard Varsity Club FAQs
As an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, ~33% of our operating budget comes from annual, tax-deductible dues and donations.
Q: What is the Harvard Varsity Club?
A: The Harvard Varsity Club (HVC) is a group of undergraduate student-athletes, alumni, parents, and friends who have operated under the mission of preserving the traditions, fostering the ideals, and advancing the interests of Harvard Athletics since 1886. With more than 30,000 members around the globe, we are Harvard’s largest affinity group.
Q: But what does the HVC do?
A: We do a lot! You can think of the HVC as filling 4 distinct roles:
Career Services: The HVC provides professional development assistance and networking opportunities to student-athletes and young alumni in the form of individual conversations, team presentations, employer open houses, industry nights, a Career Fair, a Women’s Leadership Panel, the Athlete Medical Mentorship Program, and a job & internship board to name a few.
Community Building: The HVC brings all student-athletes together under one roof at events like the Senior Letterwinners’ Dinner and Welcome Back BBQ, and hosts events around the country that allow alumni, parents, and friends to remain engaged with the Harvard Athletics community. We also provide assistance to those in our community who need it the most through the Benson M. Abercrombie ’21 Fund and Michael Vollmer ’90 Fund.
Preserving Traditions: The HVC has been preserving the traditions of Harvard Athletics since 1886. The most prominent examples are the Susan and Cory ’90 Thabit Varsity Lettersweater Program, Senior Letterwinners’ Dinner, HVC Hall of Fame, and the H Book series chronicling the history of Harvard Athletics.
Friends Group Support: The HVC provides fundraising, stewardship, volunteer, and event management support to Harvard’s 24 Friends and Special Interest Groups. In a typical year this means that we will assist in hosting more than 80 Friends events, managing roughly 200 volunteers, and sending thousands of emails -- all while helping the Friends Groups meet their annual fundraising goals.
Q: I thought this was Your Team for Life. How can my membership expire?
A: The HVC is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit. Like most non-profits, we depend on the financial support of annual, dues-paying members to ensure that we not only provide the quality of programming that our student-athletes, alumni, and friends have come to expect of us, but that we can also grow the scope of programming we offer.
Memberships become active and expire on a rolling basis. They run for 1, 3, or 5 calendar years -- depending on which level you select -- from the date we receive your dues. We also offer Lifetime Memberships, but we’ll get to those in a moment.
Q: I already donated to my Friends Group. Why should I also become a member of the HVC?
A: The HVC assists all Friends Groups, but we are not your Friends Group. The HVC provides specific services to Friends Groups (annual reports, banquet and event planning, Board support, etc.), but is its own separate 501(c)(3) organization with its own checking/savings accounts, endowment, payroll, HR, etc.
Annual dues and donations to the HVC support the behind-the-scenes activities that benefit 1,200 student-athletes across all 42 of Harvard’s varsity programs…as opposed to a gift to a Friends Group which helps fund budgetary needs for 1-2 teams. Lettersweaters, Career Services, the Welcome Back BBQ, and the Senior Letterwinnners’ Dinner are some of the educational and social enhancements for all student-athletes. All-Sport Reunions, Golf Tournaments, and the Hall of Fame Dinner are a few activities that help build and strengthen the overall Harvard Athletics community.
HVC members also receive discounts on HVC events and merchandise -- including new Lettersweaters and DHAs to replace those well-worn items in your drawer -- a subscription to our e-newsletter, News & Views, and access to our member database.
Q: Are my annual dues tax deductible?
A: Great question, and YES! Your annual dues and any additional donation you may make to the HVC are 100% tax deductible. We will provide you with a tax receipt for your records.
Q: OK, you’ve sold me. How do I submit my annual dues?
A: That’s wonderful news, we couldn’t be happier to have you on our team.
You can submit your annual dues online here, send a check made out to the Harvard Varsity Club to 65 North Harvard Street, Murr Center, Boston, MA 02163, or you can call our office at 617.495.3535 Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM EDT.
3 Simple Steps to Renew/Join Online
Click 'Join' on the far right of the menu bar
Select membership level and complete your transaction
Q: I'm having trouble using my Harvard Key. What do I do?
A: The Harvard Key system can be tricky, we know, but its all done in the name of cyber security. Luckily the HAA has some helpful tips for alumni.
Unfortunately parents and non-alumni cannot use their Harvard Key on our website. You will need to create a new account.
Q: How else can I be helpful?
A: You can be helpful by:
Bringing your family and friends to an HVC event. Our upcoming schedule is available online here.
Opting-in to our Career Services Networking Database. Click here for instructions.
Q: Paying dues every year is a hassle. What can I do?
A: Become a Lifetime Member*. HVC Lifetime Memberships provide permanent funding for the HVC through an endowment which lessens our dependence on annual dues and donations. As a Lifetime Member you will gain priority access to HVC events and high-demand Harvard Athletics events, and will be recognized on the next Lifetime Member plaque -- there’s no easier way to get your name on a building at Harvard!
We now have more than 420 Lifetime Members. View their names here and see which of your classmates have etched their name in history.
Q: Can I receive Class or Reunion Credit for my Lifetime Membership?
A: Another great question, and YES* again! Make a one-time, tax-deductible gift/pledge of $5,000 through Harvard University to the Harvard Varsity Club -- simply select 'Harvard Varsity Club' from the Fund dropdown. Payment toward a Lifetime Membership cannot be applied against an existing Harvard College Class or Reunion pledge.
For more details, email Andrew Chesebro or call our office at 617.495.3535 Monday through Friday between 9AM and 5PM EDT.
* HVC Lifetime Memberships will only receive Harvard College Class and Reunion Credit when booked through Harvard University. Select 'Harvard Varsity Club' from the Fund dropdown.
* HVC Lifetime Memberships purchased through the HVC, including the HVC website, will not receive Harvard College or Reunion Credit.
* Payment toward HVC Lifetime Memberships cannot be applied against any existing pledges with Harvard or the HVC.
* HVC Lifetime Memberships are individual memberships and cannot be applied to more than one individual.
-- Your Team for Life --