2023 DavenFund will return next year.

2022 DavenFund Awards Show

2022 - DavenFund Year 6: DaVInFund
2022 DavenFund Award Show Video (25 min)


Congratulations to our 2022 DavenFund Winners! (By Prize Money)

  • Lindsey Shull $2,000 Diversity field trip
  • Eric Cross $1,500 Handshake & Touchnet software
  • Lynda Cribari $884 Team building opportunity
  • Robert Cote $850 Certified Manager Certification
  • Keri Dutkiewicz $762 Hotel for training
  • Joe Bishop $700 Team building escape room & lunch
  • Amanda Wink $695 Online course
  • Debora Crudele $600 Regional Chamber membership
  • Meaghan Polega $525 Stand-up desk
  • Nathan Cunningham $525 Stand-up desk
  • Kathy Aboufadel $350 Team building event
  • Brian Holda $200 User testing prizes
  • Kirsten Scott $150 Team building lunch
  • Suzanne Gut $125 Adobe Acrobat software
  • Kristen Robert $102 Training course

DavenFund FAQ

  1. What is the purpose of the program?

    DavenFund was created to help employees fund professional development, software, or equipment that will improve employee effectiveness at DU.

  2. Who is eligible to apply for DavenFund?

    All full-time and part-time Davenport employees are eligible. This does not include adjunct faculty, student workers, temporary employees, and contract staff.

  3. What information do I have to provide?

    Your e-mail address, name and department are required. You must provide all information and documents that support your proposal request or proposal cost. If applicable, please provide an updated quote for the items that you are requesting, spec sheets or links where the information can be found, as well as written approval as needed.

  4. What kind of requests are technology (hardware or software) items?

    According to DU policy, any requests for computers, software, audio/video technology or something else IT-related are technology (hardware or software) items that need to be analyzed and approved by IT, and thus such submissions will be routed that way.

  5. What kind of requests are Physical property (facilities)?

    According to DU policy, any service required for maintenance, repairs, construction, renovation or modification of any DU facilities must be reviewed and approved by the facilities staff. Physical equipment requests may include a stand-up desk, storage unit, specialized work area, and desk chairs. All such submissions should be tagged as Physical property (facilities) and will be routed that way.

  6. What kind of requests need ADA approval?

    According to DU policy, any requests that meet ADA criteria must be reviewed and approved by the Human Resources staff. Please email Kristen Culp, kculp@davenport.edu.

  7. Do I need to let my supervisor know what I am applying for?

    We strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your supervisor before you apply to DavenFund. Please consider that if you get selected for funding to a training conference, for example, you may impact your department or colleague's workload while you are gone. You may need to identify the best date for your training attendance.

  8. Does my submission improve workplace effectiveness?

    All submissions must explain how they would improve workplace effectiveness. A good way to think about this is: By receiving the funding, I will be able to (add improved performance) by (add date improvement will be met). For example: By receiving this funding, I will be able to save 2 hours per week, by August 15.

    An estimated improvement must be explained in the application. This can be based on your experience and expectations. A post-award evaluation on how the funding has helped you or your department will take place six months after the funded item or activity has been completed, including a summary of how the funding through DavenFund has positively impacted your performance at DU.

  9. When can I submit an application?

    The application process starts at the beginning of January and runs six weeks ending mid-February.

  10. How are the winners selected?

    It is a random selection that will be live-streamed through DavenFund. Once the winners have been identified, an announcement will go out. If you did not win, you can re-submit your application the following Fiscal Year.

  11. What happens during the review process? When is the review process?

    The review process is facilitated by the DavenFund Committee. This committee will be responsible for reviewing all the proposals to be sure they meet the criteria and all needed information is included with the submission.

    This process will happen after the application time frame is closed, beginning mid-February through the end of March.

  12. What happens if I win?

    The final winners will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the purchase. In the event that you leave DU, all equipment, software or other tangible items will continue to be owned by DU. For any employee that has been awarded attendance at a conference/training and leaves DU employment prior to attending, the committee reserves the right to re-evaluate the award.


DavenFund Rules and Process

Each applicant may request between $100 to $2,000 that will be used to help him/her to improve what he/she does at DU. Examples include: attending a training or conference, equipment such as a standing desk, a second computer monitor, software with IT approval, etc.

The program will begin on or around January 1st each year and have a total of at least $10,000.

All applications must be completed online at Submit Your DavenFund (Jan 3 - Feb 13, 2022)

One application is allowed per person per fiscal year (July-June). Team Building events need to be submitted by supervisor or above. Professional Development needs to be submitted by each individual or supervisor or above.

Application submissions cannot include items that are able to be funded through the department budget, special accommodations, or other scholarship and grant possibilities.

Applications will be accepted from Jan 3 - Feb 13, 2022. A review period will occur from Feb 14 - Mar 25, 2022 to allow for any feedback or request for additional information with current submissions. This will create a final pool of DavenFund Applications.

The final selection process will occur on March 29, 2022 (at the Awards Show) and will be done by random selection until all funds have been allocated.

The random selection will be live-streamed for remote viewing. Winners will be selected randomly until all funds have been exhausted. The final winners will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the purchase. Proposals that are not selected may be resubmitted for the following Fiscal Year. In the event that you leave DU, all equipment, software or other tangible items will continue to be owned by DU. For any employee that has been awarded attendance at a conference/training and leaves DU employment prior to attending, the committee reserves the right to re-evaluate the award.

Six months after your request has been funded or the funded activity has been completed, you will be required to provide a summary of how the funding through DavenFund has positively impacted your performance at DU.


For any other questions e-mail davenfund@davenport.edu.