Each year, more than 13,000 supporters of MSU Athletics provide the resources necessary to finance scholarships for all 25 varsity sports, the Clara Bell Smith Student-Athlete Academic Center, and operational costs of the athletics department. With no financial support from the university or the State of Michigan, Spartan Fund membership is vital to success of the athletic department. As operational budgets and tuition costs increase, Spartan Fund members allow student-athletes the resources necessary to succeed academically and athletically.
Each contribution to the Spartan Fund is tax-deductible. Gifts of $100 or more made within a July 1 - June 30 fiscal year qualify a donor for Spartan Fund membership. Donors have the ability to designate gifts to specific sport programs, or make unrestricted gifts. An unrestricted gift provides MSU Athletics the freedom to use the gift where the need is greatest. Both specific sport and unrestricted gifts are considered 100% tax-deductible.
Donors may also choose some of the most preferred seat locations in football, men's and women's basketball, ice hockey, and/or volleyball. Preferred seating locations may require a seat-related gift. Seat-related gifts count toward Spartan Fund membership and are considered 80% tax-deductible. Please visit Premium Seating for more information related to seat-related gifts.
Along with personal contributions, donors have the option to consult their employer for matching gift possibilities. Please check with your employer to determine if matching gifts to athletics are a possibility.
For detailed information related to Spartan Fund membership, please view our membership guide.
Gifts to the annual campaign support scholarships for all 25 sports, the Clara Bell Smith Center, and operational costs of the athletics department. The Spartan Fund's annual giving program operates around the fiscal year from July 1 through June 30. A pledge is considered a commitment to give and immediately establishes the current year giving level and the benefits associated with that level. In addition, it enables immediate priority for athletic events during the current year.
A donor can designate their gift for a specific sport. Many companies offer matching gift opportunities. Please check with your employer to maximize your level of support for MSU Athletics.