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When you become a member of the Cougar Athletic Fund, you support the continued success of WSU Athletics, and enable young men and women to come to Pullman and earn a degree while competing in the Pac-12 Conference. Even when you can't be in Pullman for home games, you can Join the Team 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. You can become 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."

In most cases, the IRS has determined that donations made to the Cougar Athletic Fund are 80% tax-deductible, because the member 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 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.

Matching Gifts

Many companies will match their employees' contributions to the Cougar Athletic Fund. Ask your human resources office about your employer's matching gift policy to multiply the effects of your contribution to the Cougs!

Important Note: If you plan on using your company's matching gift toward your CAF requirement, the matching gift must be received by June 30. Many matching gifts require a significant period of time for processing, so please plan the timing of your gift accordingly. Matching gifts are awarded the same value in the CAF rankings as regular cash gifts - four points/dollar, the greatest point value assigned to any type of donation.

Endowments

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 $250,000 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.

Gift-in-Kind

Businesses and organizations may make donations of products and services to the Cougar Athletic Fund that offset expenses. The value of these products and services can be recognized as a gift to the Cougar Athletic Fund and you will receive CAF ranking points based on their true cost defrayment to the program.

Important Note: Gift-in-kind donations cannot count towards your CAF requirement for WSU season tickets or parking passes for football or men's basketball.

Planned Gifts

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 $328 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, IR As, qualified retirement plans, etc. Sample language for bequests and beneficiary designations can be found here.

Capital Gifts

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.

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