Benefits of Membership
Perhaps the greatest benefit of Cougar Athletic Fund membership is the understanding that your contribution creates educational opportunities for the student-athletes who represent Washington State University. The benefits chart on page eight illustrates some of the benefits associated with your Cougar Athletic Fund membership level. Below is a detailed description of each benefit.
All gifts to the Cougar Athletic Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by federal income tax law. The IRS allows an 80 percent charitable deduction for a contribution to educational institutions where, as a result of such contributions, the donor receives preferred seating rights for athletic events. You may decline any benefit by calling the CAF office. Donors should always consult their tax advisor. All gifts are acknowledged in writing by the Cougar Athletic Fund, and receipted within 10 business days by the WSU Foundation.
All CAF members receive points for their membership gifts. A more detailed explanation of the CAF points structure is available on page ten of this membership guide. As the top priority of the WSU Athletic Department, unrestricted annual gifts to student-athlete support are given the greatest weight in the CAF rankings.
Priority Seating for Football and Men's Basketball
The best seats in Martin Stadium and Beasley Coliseum carry a CAF requirement in addition to the season ticket cost. The CAF requirement for these seats can be covered by your annual membership in the CAF. As an example, a member of the CAF at the President's Associates level ($2,500) would be able to purchase four season tickets for Football in a $625/seat CAF requirement area. And your CAF requirement for Football also covers your CAF requirement for Men's Basketball season tickets. All CAF membership gifts which cover a season ticket requirement are 80% tax-deductible.
Discount to Cougar Club Special Events
The Cougar Athletic Fund hosts more than 30 fundraisers and "friend-raisers" around the state annually, primarily through the 12 regional Cougar Clubs. For most of these events, CAF members receive a 10-25% discount on entry fees. From the four Night with Cougar Football events held every February to the weekly Monday luncheons in Spokane and all events in between, it pays to be a CAF member!
Flag Waver Lapel Pin
There is no better way to show your Cougar Pride than by proudly displaying a "Wave the Flag" lapel pin. All donors at the basic membership level will receive a lapel pin annually. It's the perfect compliment to that sportcoat or jacket at a Cougar event!
Proudly display your membership in the CAF with a 4"x 4" static window cling which is perfect for car windows or a display in your business window. The window cling is an annual membership recognition which will declare you a "2013 Member".
Washington State Magazine subscription
Washington State Magazine covers news and issues of interest to Washington State University faculty, staff, students, and alumni, and the people of Washington from Seattle to St. John. It fosters a sense of connection to the University and of shared community among alumni, students, faculty, and friends.
Parking Privileges for Football and Men's Basketball
CAF members can receive preferred parking privileges at Martin Stadium and Beasley Coliseum with their season tickets. Parking privileges are tiered in a variety of levels. To make sure you make the appropriate membership gift to receive the parking location you desire.
►2013 Football Parking Map
►2013-14 Basketball Parking Map
CAF Website recognition
The Cougar Athletic Fund is proud to recognize its most loyal supporters with a page on the CAF website dedicated to donor recognition. This honor is reserved for members at our most elite levels, and serves as a special acknowledgement of their support.
Game Program recognition
The Cougar Athletic Fund lists lifetime donor achievements, as well as elite level annual donors, on the donor rolls inside the home football game programs. This honor is reserved for members at our most elite levels, and serves as a special acknowledgement of their support.
Postseason CAF Ranking
The opportunity to purchase postseason tickets is determined by the CAF ranking. From time to time, the Athletic Ticket Office will mail or email postseason ticket offers. After the demand for postseason contests has been determined, a distribution plan will be implemented based on CAF ranking. WSU is committed to providing every possible opportunity for Coug fans to attend postseason contests. Every effort will be made to acquire as many tickets as possible to satisfy the demand of Cougar fans. At times, however, the supply of tickets will be extremely limited, and the CAF ranking will be utilized to determine how tickets will be allocated.