Q: If I become a member of the Black Bear Club,
will my donation go to all athletics, or can I direct my gift to a
A: The need for general fund dollars is great due to the size and scope of our athletic program. We ask that donors first consider a gift to Black Bear Fund, but also want our members to know that they may direct their gift to any area of program in our athletic department. We also encourage people to make dual gifts - one to our annual Black Bear Fund and, if desired, sport specific gift(s).
Q: If I played in a sport-specific golf outing, will that count as part of my yearly contribution?
A: The various golf outings, as well as all other events that require a paid admission, are not counted as an annual gift.
Q: If I was a Black Bear Club member a couple of years ago, will I still receive priority seating credit?
A: Priority points are only awarded to those members who are current in their contributions. In other words, you only receive points for your prior fiscal year donation.
Q: My wife and I work for two different companies that have their own matching gift programs. How will we be credited for our gift if we applied for matching funds from both?
A: If each company matches your gift to athletics, then you will receive FULL matching credit for the total contribution. As a result you can not only double your gift but you might be able to triple or even quadruple your gift depending on the company. Please be sure to notify the Black Bear Club if this is a possibility for proper credit.
Q: Several of my friends made gifts in my honor for my birthday last year. What impact does that have on my membership and theirs?
A: Honorary gifts are credited to the respective person making the gift. Honorary recognition is given to the honoree, but no donor benefits (gift club status, listings, points, etc.) are awarded to that person.