The UNLV Alumni Association today launched Rebels Forever, a new membership model where all of UNLV’s 120,000 graduates automatically become members of the alumni association at no cost.
Formerly the “UNLVIP” program, the new program transitions the university’s alumni association from a dues-paying model to a philanthropic model. Alumni who wish to donate to UNLV will now be recognized as “Scarlet Loyal” donors with a cumulative gift of $100 or more, which will help the university provide funding for essential programs and services. Alumni may elect to choose where they designate their support.
“We wanted to provide a more inclusive model for our fellow alumni where they may receive services of value from the university without paying a membership fee,” said Chad Warren, executive director of the UNLV Alumni Association. “To earn a degree from UNLV is a mark of distinction. Once you earn your degree, you’re a Rebel for life. We value those who choose UNLV for their higher education and this is our way of ensuring alumni feel welcome and stay engaged beyond graduation.”
Rebels Forever members receive the UNLV Magazine and Rebel Alumni Mail, access to Career Services and UNLV Libraries, exclusive services and products, and discounts at local and national businesses. Those who become “Scarlet Loyal” donors may receive priority access to special alumni and athletic events.
UNLV has grown its alumni base to 120,000 since its first graduating class in 1964, and those numbers continue to rise. Named the nation’s most diverse university by U.S. News & World Report and a top research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, UNLV has transformed itself from a small branch college into a thriving international research institution. UNLV’s alumni base spans across every U.S. state and across 84 countries.
“Our alumni are among our university’s greatest ambassadors, and we’re committed to strengthening our engagement with them through this new alumni association model,” said UNLV President Marta Meana. “Rebels Forever will remove barriers to alumni engagement, continuing a nationwide trend in alumni associations to shift toward a philanthropic model to better fit the needs and interests of graduates. We’re pleased to roll out this program and to empower our alumni to take pride in being Rebels Forever.”
Visit unlv.edu/rebelsforever to learn more about the program and benefits, and to connect to UNLV and its alumni association.
About the UNLV Alumni Association
The UNLV Alumni Association was established in 1964 as a not-for-profit organization to promote and enhance alumni engagement on campus. With an alumni base more than 120,000 strong, the Alumni Association offers a variety of services and opportunities in support of alumni and their families. UNLV alumni are encouraged to support the values of higher learning through advocacy, involvement, and giving. To date, the association has contributed more than $7 million to the university in student scholarships, endowments, and major capital improvements such as the Alumni Amphitheater, Alumni Grove, Alumni Park, Head Coach Jerry Tarkanian Statue, and the $2.7 million Richard Tam Alumni Center.