Proudly “Join the Team” for Cougar Athletics
When you invest in the continued success of WSU Athletics, you become a member of the Cougar team, and your support enables young men and women to come to Pullman and earn a degree while competing in the Pacific-12 Conference. Even when you can’t be in Pullman for home games, you can “wave the flag” with a gift that supports our student-athletes.
Annual Membership in the Cougar Athletic Fund
The annual giving program is the core of private support for WSU Athletics. A donor becomes a Cougar Athletic Fund member with an annual contribution of $50 or more. Gifts can be made by appreciated assets, cash, check, electronic funds transfer, or credit card (Visa, MasterCard). Checks should be made payable to “Cougar Athletic Fund.” To join the Cougar Athletic Fund online visit cougarsareyouin.com.
In most cases, the IRS has determined that donations made to the Cougar Athletic Fund are 80% tax-deductible, because the donor receives some benefit in the form of priority seating opportunities. You may, however, request that you receive no benefit in exchange for your donation, and therefore your donation would be 100% tax-deductible.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All annual Cougar Athletic Fund donations that are to be considered for football priority seating and parking privileges must be received by June 30.
Current year cash gifts are awarded four points/dollar in the CAF rankings, the greatest point value assigned to any type of donation.
An endowed scholarship provides a lasting stream of income because WSU Athletics holds the gift in perpetuity, investing the principal and using a portion of the annual return to fund scholarship awards. Options range from $625,000 for a fully endowed scholarship (payable over five years) to $25,000 for a minimum endowment gift. Head-coaching endowments range from $1,250,000 to $15 million depending on the coaching position.
By endowing an athletic scholarship, you will create an enduring link between you and WSU Athletics and address a priority for WSU: to build the university’s scholarship endowment.
There are many vehicles you might consider to establish an endowed athletic scholarship:
- A cash gift or other current assets
- An irrevocable deferred/planned gift
- A simple bequest
Once you establish your endowed scholarship, you, friends or family members can make additional gifts, thereby increasing the value and impact of your scholarship in future years.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Endowment donations cannot count towards your CAF Requirement for WSU season tickets or parking.
A planned gift can offer you substantial tax and estate planning benefits and allow you to make a larger and more lasting gift to Washington State University. It can be a gift Cougar Athletics receives now or in the future, and it is also a way you can be a key supporter while meeting your own financial goals. Planned gifts to Cougar Athletics can be made through charitable trusts, gift annuities, bequests, life insurance, and numerous other tax-wise tools.
Estate gifts are among WSU’s largest sources of private support. In fact, more than one-third of WSU’s $360 million endowment has come from estate gifts. After providing for family and other loved ones, you may include a gift to the WSU Foundation in your estate plan to continue your annual gift in perpetuity or to make a special gift not possible during your lifetime. This can be accomplished through a bequest in a Will or Living Trust or as a beneficiary designation on life insurance, IRAs, qualified retirement plans, etc. To document an estate gift with the Cougar Athletic Fund, contact the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Pullman office at 877-IMA-COUG.
Top-notch facilities are not just important for recruiting the finest possible student-athletes to WSU, but they are also necessary to fulfill our commitment to current student-athletes to provide them with the best possible tools towards their pursuit of their athletic and academic goals. Capital gifts address the facility needs of the entire athletics program, and allow WSU to maintain a competitive advantage. For information about donating toward a current or planned capital improvement project, please contact the Cougar Athletic Fund’s Pullman office at 877-IMA-COUG.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Capital Gifts cannot count towards your CAF Requirement for WSU season tickets or parking.