“This was very enlightening on the subject of how collegiate athletics are funded. As a student who pays student fees, it’s nice to have a breakdown of how that funding and spending is done.”

-Billye Dotson

“I thought his presentation was very informative.  I liked how he went into detail about how sports funds work and how many of these programs get started.” 

- Tomislaw Smith

 Financing Collegiate Athletics Through Philanthropic Giving:
A Discussion on Fundraising and Sport 

Uri Farkas

Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Operations and Development

Northern Arizona University

About Uri:

Uri Farkas was named Associate Athletic Director / Executive Director of the Cougar Athletic Fund in July 2016 after serving as the Assistant Athletic Director for the CAF for two years.  Prior to WSU, Farkas served as the Assistant Athletic Director for Major Gifts at the University of California – Berkeley.  In his role with the Cougar Athletic Fund, Farkas oversees the fundraising efforts supporting each of WSU’s 17 athletic teams, capital projects and endowment gifts.


Farkas, from Eugene, Ore., is a 1998 graduate of the University of Montana with a degree in journalism. Farkas worked as an intern for the Grizzly Athletic Department during his undergraduate studies.  He received a master’s degree in sport management from The Ohio State University in 2000 while working as a graduate assistant with Buckeye Athletics.


From 2001 to 2012, Farkas worked at the University of Oregon with leadership roles in Support Services for Student Athletes, the University of Oregon Alumni Association, and University Advancement. Farkas is married to the former Megan Wilson of Eugene, Ore.  The couple have three children, a daughter, Reese, and two sons, Tate and Bodie.  


-Bio and Photo courtesy of WSU Athletics