membership guide 2014
are you in?
“We must grow revenues in order to succeed in the Pac-12 Conference, PERIOD.” Loyal Buff Supporters, “Are You In?”
t is a simple question, and it is the question I have been asking of each and every fan, alumni, donor, student and faculty member since the day I arrived in Boulder this past summer. Are you in?
We are facing a critical juncture in the history of Colorado Athletics. Our financial strains have been well documented. A myriad of factors — some within our control and some beyond — have contributed to our current reality. Yet, as Buffaloes we succeed and fail together — as a herd – and the days of pointing fingers, placing blame, and looking to the past are over. Are you in? We are opening our books, sharing our budget, as you will see in the pages that follow. Because we must all be united, it is essential that you see and understand the challenges that we must surmount. We have fallen behind our peers, and they are not slowing down. We must grow revenues in order to succeed in the Pac-12 Conference, period. Your annual gifts are our lifeblood, the steady drumbeat of our athletic department. You provide the opportunities that are available for these extraordinary young people. You provide the momentum that will allow us to embark on a transformational facilities campaign. You are the key to our future and our mission for sustainable excellence in the Pac-12 Conference and beyond. Are you in? Most of you have been generous Buff Club donors for years – thank you! In the year ahead we are asking all Buffs to give just a little bit more, and you may notice an increase in your ticket related contributions. If you are not currently a donor, join the Buff Club at whatever level you can, and support us as we launch into a new era for Colorado Athletics.
RICK GEORGE, Director of Athletics Buff Club Donor
As you read this, our coaches and student-athletes are committed, working harder than ever to achieve success and make you proud. The time is now. We need you with us. Are you in?
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Budget for Fiscal Year 2013-14 Successful businesses cannot operate with an annual deficit, and Colorado Athletics is no exception. It is the responsibility of University and Athletic Department leadership to immediately begin the work of charting a new financial trajectory. While this challenge may be significant, our goals and ambitions will not be suppressed, and you can expect the following: •
We WILL provide a world-class intercollegiate student-athlete experience.
We WILL compete for championships in the Pac-12 and nationally.
We WILL continue to graduate student-athletes that are prepared for success in business and in the community.
We are calling on all Buffs to join us in this mission. Together, we can eliminate our current funding gap and place CU Athletics on a path to sustainable excellence! Revenues
% of Total
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Men’s Basketball Tickets
travel, & equipment)
Women’s Basketball Tickets
Other Sports Tickets
Game Management, Operations, Officials
Student Athlete Support (Sports Medicine,
Strength, Academic Services, Life Skills)
Facilities, Maintenance and Utilities
Booster and Outside Events
Promotions, Booster Events, Ticket Office, Sports Information, Buff Vision
Expenses Sports Operating/Recruiting (Includes salaries,
Spirit Groups and Ralphie
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The Buff Club provides the private support needed to fund scholarships, athletic endowments, capital projects and academic services to allow Colorado student-athletes to compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics. We strive to connect every alumni, fan and friend who call CU their team to the rich tradition of CU Athletics. We maintain an absolute commitment to operating with integrity and in the best interests of our stakeholders who invest so generously in our student-athletes.
Annual Expense Overview
Buff Club Giving
How to Make Your Gift
Annual Giving Levels and Benefits
Buff Club Priority Points
Men’s Basketball Seating
Men’s Basketball Parking
Women’s Basketball, Volleyball & Soccer
National Buff Club Cabinet
Buff Club Contact Information
Important Dates & Deadlines
July 1 Beginning of 2014 Buff Club membership year.
November 2014 membership renewal packet mailed. December 31 Last day to make a tax deductible contribution and receive a receipt for 2013 calendar year.
January 21 PRIORITY DEADLINE: Buff Club donation due for football benefits to secure seating and parking location and receive season ticket application. Priority point ranking established for postseason basketball, football season ticket and parking upgrades, and away game tickets. February 21 2014 Football season ticket renewals available. March 21 PRIORITY DEADLINE: 2014 Football season ticket renewal due. Priority seating donation and tickets must be paid in full. April 14-28 Football season ticket and parking upgrade period.
May 1 Men’s and women’s basketball priority seating donation and season ticket renewals available.
June 5 PRIORITY DEADLINE: Men’s and women’s basketball priority seating donation and season ticket renewals due.
June 23-July 7 Men’s and women’s basketball season ticket and parking upgrade period.
June 30 End of fiscal year; all Buff Club gifts due in full to establish annual membership level
Annual Student Athlete Expense Overview Annual Scholarship Breakdown
Did You Know? Tuition and Fees for out-of-state student-athletes costs $21,768 more annually than in-state student-athletes.
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1,920.00 4,499.00 $ 2,476.00 $ 4,097.00 $ 7,812.00 $ 45,525.32 $ 66,329.32 $
Total expense for one out-of-state student-athlete per year
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32,265.32 $ 7,846.40 $ 4,413.60 $ 1,000.00 $ 45,525.32 $
Your continued support of CU Athletics is essential to ensuring that these talented young men and women have the necessary resources to be nationally competitive on the field and in the 2010 2011 2012 2013 classroom. In-state & out-of-state Tuition $
Strength & Conditioning Sports Medicine Academic Support Equipment Travel Scholarship Total
10,497.32 $ 7,846.40 $ 4,413.60 $ 1,000.00 $ 23,757.32 $
2013-14 Scholarship Expenses
Tuition & Fees Room Meals Books Total
Annual Student-Athlete Expenses Each year the Buff Club strives to not only support growing scholarship costs, but to fund the complete student-athlete experience. Including direct expenses such as travel, academic support and sports medicine, the individual student-athlete investment surpasses $66,000 annually (out-of-state). Clearly, these expenses add up, and our goal is to create a culture of sustainable excellence.
Championships start with scholarships To compete nationally, the University of Colorado must ensure the top in-state student-athletes are choosing to compete for the Buffs, while also attracting the best and brightest from around the country. With scholarship costs rising nationally, it is imperative that the Buff Club increases both memberships and gifts to assist in covering these costs. Consider increasing your gift or referring a friend to the Buff Club today!
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I come from a family of five kids, so you can say that getting a scholarship was a top priority. Thanks to your support, I get an opportunity of a lifetime. When you invest in our scholarships, you directly invest in my future. I get a top-notch education that might have otherwise not been afforded. I get to make relationships and memories that will last me a lifetime. I get to represent a university proudly on the court and off it. Not only does your gift bless me, but it allows me to bless others. I am able to give back to the community by going to a children’s hospital or working to help those affected by a flood. Know that you not only enrich my life, but my community, and for that I am truly grateful.
I am so grateful for our donors that have given student athletes like myself the opportunity to perform highly both in the classroom and on the court. It is a honor to be able to represent our university in both of these ways.
kerra schroeder San Diego, California
Buff Club Giving Supporting our student-athletes with a donation to the Buff Club is the best method to directly impact the future of Colorado Athletics. Our student-athletes do their part: hours of practice, studying, competing and striving for championships. Please help ensure their success and make a difference by giving a gift today.
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Annual Giving Donors who support the University of Colorado Athletics Department through generous contributions are considered members of the Buff Club. Annual gifts to the Buff Club provide invaluable scholarship and operating resources and immediately impact and enrich the lives of our student-athletes. The cumulative amount given to support the athletics department on an annual basis determines a Buff Club member’s annual giving level. Buff Club membership levels with associated benefits are activated with a minimum gift of $100. Capital Gifts Capital gifts address specific facility needs of the athletics department. Capital gifts are included when determining a Buff Club member’s annual membership level. Endowments Establishing an endowment provides funding for future Colorado student-athletes. Endowments are permanently invested by the University of Colorado Foundation, generating interest that is used for the purpose you choose to support. A portion of the interest income is reinvested in the endowment’s principal each year, enabling it to grow in perpetuity and provide an enduring stream of income for the athletics department. For more information on setting up an endowment with the Buff Club, contact us at (303) 492-2200. Planned Giving A planned gift can pay dividends that leave tomorrow’s University of Colorado Athletics Department a place of sustained competitive excellence, educational opportunities and lasting tradition for student-athletes, coaches and staff.
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Planned gifts can be made as charitable trusts, gift annuities, bequests, life insurance and numerous other tax wise tools.
There is a planned gift to suit every circumstance. Each giving strategy has distinct benefits for you and for the athletics department. The Buff Club can guide you through the available choices and help you increase your legacy.
If you pay the full balance of your Benefit Giving and submit a matching gift claim based on that giving, your match will be applied to our Athletics General Scholarship Fund. Your match may not be applied to other benefit giving designations.
For more information on setting up a planned gift with the Buff Club, contact us at (303) 492-2200.
Matching gifts will be applied to the original gift designation, unless specified otherwise by your company. The one exception will be if your Benefit Giving match comes back greater than the balance due; in this case the overage will be applied to our Athletics General Scholarship Fund.
Football seating and parking donations are due in full by June 30. Basketball seating donations are due in full by September 30. All matching gifts must be received by the respective deadlines. If you have a balance one month prior to a given deadline, you will be invoiced regardless of whether a matching gift claim has been submitted. When considering a matching gift, please familiarize yourself with your company’s matching gift timeline.
Matching gifts cannot be directed to future benefit giving. Forthcoming matches from claims submitted prior to the above deadlines, but not fulfilled in time, may be allowed an exception. Please contact the Buff Club to review your options.
MATCHING GIFTS You may be able to double your gift to CU Athletics with a matching gift from your employer! Many companies and subsidiaries have a program that matches gifts made in support of athletic programs at institutions of higher education. However, please be aware that policies vary widely by company and often change from one year to the next. We encourage you to be familiar with your company’s current matching gift policy for giving to athletic programs before you submit a matching gift claim.
What You Need to Know: Assuming your company allows a matching gift to be used toward Benefit Giving, you may use a matching gift to fulfill your seating or parking contribution. •
Due to varying policies, we ask that you plan for only the tax deductible portion of your benefit gift to be matched, or 80% of your original gift. Gifts not tied to a benefit (Excellence Giving) are usually matched at 100%, but please refer to your company’s policy for confirmation.
If your company fails to match your Benefit Giving or only matches a portion of it, you are responsible for the remaining balance.
If your company does match the gift, but it goes toward a non-athletics designation (i.e. the Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence), you are still responsible for any Benefit Giving balances. Even for non-benefit designations, matches directed to non-athletics designations cannot be applied to your Athletics giving.
Matching Gifts are requested through your company, usually from the Human Resources department. Your company will either have a form for you to complete and submit along with your gift or they will have an online claim submission process. If you use a paper form, please complete and sign your portion of the form and send in with your gift to: Buff Club 369 UCB Boulder, CO 80309
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GIFT
Pledge You may pledge to join the Buff Club at a specific level and pay the pledge in installments with a recurring credit card charge, completing your pledge by June 30. Cash Donations Cash or checks are a great way to make an immediate impact with your donation. Gifts are acknowledged by receipt from the University of Colorado Foundation. Please make all checks payable to the University of Colorado Foundation.
david oraee Greeley, Colorado
Credit Cards The Buff Club accepts all major credit cards. It is important to list the name as it appears on the credit card, the account number and the expiration date on the contribution form. Online Giving The Buff Club offers the ability to make a gift online. New donors joining for the first time or existing donors looking to renew their gift should visit www.cubuffclub.com. All donors to the Buff Club have an online account. If you are visiting the site for the first time and are a current Buff Club member, please call the Buff Club office to receive your AD/customer number and verify the e-mail address linked to your account. Then go online to activate your account. All new Buff Club members can register directly online. Benefits of Activating Your Online Account • View Your Priority Points and the Priority Points Calculator • View Your Giving History • Update Your Mailing Address • Contribute Online – Giving online is secure, saves time and postage and provides immediate confirmation that your gift has been received.
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Annual Giving Levels and Benefits The success of the University of Colorado Athletics Department and the generosity of Buff Club members have placed an unprecedented demand on benefits such as season tickets and parking passes. The Buff Club strives to treat each of its donors equitably because it is your generosity that allows us to develop champions on the field and in the classroom. Each donorâ€™s priority and ability to obtain various benefits is determined by a combination of annual giving level and donor rank as determined by the Buff Club Priority Point System. (See page 13 for additional information on priority points.)
donor benefit chart Benefits/Membership Levels
National Buff Club Cabinet
Ralphie $ 250
All-American $ 2,500
Hall of Fame $ 5,000
Directorâ€™s Circle $ 50,000
New Member Welcome Packet Buff Club Email Updates and Special Event Invitations Stampede Magazine (four issues yearly) Discounted CU Merchandise at www.cubuffs.com^
Online Recognition at www.cubuffclub.com Football Parking Opportunity (with season ticket purchase) Recognition within Football Game Program Complimentary Tickets to Annual Football Kickoff Luncheon
On-Field Experience for a Select Home Football Game National Buff Club Cabinet Weekend Invitation Premium Gift from CU Athletics
^Donors will receive a discount coupon valid for one online transaction each time a contribution is made to the Buff Club (payment plans excluded)
Thanks to you, my teammates and I have received the amazing and irreplaceable gift of experience. Without you, most of us would not have been able to experience college, travel the world, or fulfill our dreams. You allow us to grow as people through the experiences you have provided us, and we are forever grateful for your generosity.
Paradise Valley, Arizona Buff Club Donor
The past few years have been a tremendous experience. I’ve been through a lot, and I am so happy I’ve had my teammates here to support me. After graduation, I plan to continue my dream of playing football, but I would also like to do what my father does. He helps a lot of non-profit organizations for women and children who are homeless or in need. There are a lot of families out there that are less fortunate than I am. I would like to thank all the donors for their generosity. A lot of us don’t know who you are, but to meet you and know that you give from the kindness of your heart — we really appreciate it. Because of you, I will be graduating in the spring semester. Go Buffs!
paul richardson Los Angeles, California
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Buff Club Priority Points The Buff Club uses a priority point system to provide an equitable method to reward the generosity and loyalty of supporters to Colorado student-athletes. Priority points determine benefits such as priority for upgraded season ticket locations and parking, away game tickets and postseason ticket allocation. Priority points are awarded as follows:
annual excellence giving
Buff Club Membership
One (1) point is accrued for every $100 donation made to receive priority seating and parking benefits. Benefit giving points are cumulative and earned for life.
Five (5) points are accrued for every $100 donation made to the Buff Club to support excellence funds, endowments, capital projects and specific sports. Annual Excellence giving points are cumulative and earned for life.
Five (5) points are accrued for each year of consecutive membership to the Buff Club at a minimum $100 level. Buff Club Membership points are cumulative, but if a year of membership is skipped or your donation falls below the $100 level, this point category resets to zero (0).
Five (5) points are accrued for each year of consecutive season ticket purchase in your name per sport. Season tickets points are cumulative, but if a year of purchasing season tickets is skipped, this point category resets to zero (0).
• Football • Men’s Basketball • Women’s Basketball • Women’s Volleyball • Women’s Soccer
CU LetterWinner Alumni C-Club Membership
Ten (10) points one-time accrual for being a Colorado letterwinner. Three (3) points per year are accrued for active dues paying CU letterwinners. Alumni C-Club membership points are cumulative, but if a year of membership is skipped, this point category resets to zero (0).
* Current Priority Point calculations have been in effect since 2011. For additional information or a historical Priority Point calculation, please contact the Buff Club.
Buff Club members are offered the opportunity to purchase football season tickets at Folsom Field. Priority seating sections require a minimum per seat contribution to the Buff Club in order to purchase seats on a season ticket basis. The chart on pg. 15 displays the minimum per seat contribution needed to purchase priority seats. Contributions made for priority seating count toward your total Buff Club annual membership level and earn priority points at the rate of one (1) point per $100. Priority seating contributions do not guarantee seats in a particular section at Folsom Field, but are offered as a guide to illustrate the minimum gift requirement to secure seats if available. All requests for new/additional season tickets and upgraded/improved season ticket locations are determined based on a combination of Buff Club annual giving level and rank as determined by the priority point system. Members of the Buff Club staff and CU Ticket Office are available to personally assist you with selecting a season ticket location that matches your desired level of giving. For an appointment, please call the Buff Club at (303) 492-2200 Away Game & Bowl Game Tickets Buff Club donors receive first priority for away game and bowl game tickets.
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Demand for some away games will exceed demand for others, thus varying the number of donors able to receive tickets for each game. Away game and bowl game ticket quantities are determined by giving level and assigned to a seat location according to donor rank. The amount of tickets eligible for purchase for each away game is indicated on the season ticket application. Donors who qualify and would like to pre-order away game tickets should do so when renewing season tickets. However, donors may be refunded if the demand for tickets exceeds the supply. JANUARY 21 PRIORITY DEADLINE â€“ Buff Club members who renew or donate to secure season tickets or parking by this date will receive priority consideration for additional season tickets, upgrades, and away game ticket eligibility. Failure to make your priority seating contribution by Jan. 21 may result in delayed receipt of your season ticket renewal application.
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The tailgating atmosphere at Folsom Field is among the best in the nation, and the Buff Club is proud to offer multiple parking options for members on gameday. Buff Club VIP Parking: • FRANKLIN FIELD - SOLD OUT IN 2013 • LOT 360 • LOT 354 The Buff Club staff is available to work with you to secure a location that best fits your needs. To learn more about options for VIP parking, please contact us at (303) 492-2200.
Buff Club VIP Parking
Buff Club Annual Donation
Buff Club General Parking: Buff Club members at the Ralphie ($250+) annual giving level or higher have the opportunity to purchase one parking pass from among several options on the CU-Boulder campus. Minimum annual contribution levels are required to be eligible to park in specific lots (based on availability) and the Buff Club uses donor rank, as determined by the priority point system, to assign final parking locations within each lot.
Buff Club General Donor Parking
Buff Club Annual Donation
Please note that all parking areas are subject to change annually based on parking lot availability and construction projects as determined by the University of Colorado.
RV Lot (494 east)
494, 169, 346, 314, 310, 430 359
JANUARY 21 PRIORITY DEADLINE – Buff Club members who renew or donate to secure football season tickets or parking by this date will receive priority consideration when 2013 parking locations are assigned.
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Subject to availability, Buff Club members are offered the opportunity to purchase CU men’s basketball season tickets. All seating in Coors Events Center requires a minimum per seat contribution to the Buff Club in order to purchase seats on a season ticket basis. The seating chart displays the minimum per seat contribution required to purchase priority seats. Contributions made for basketball priority seating count toward your total Buff Club annual membership level and earn priority points at the rate of one (1) point per $100. Basketball Ticket Assignments and Improvements – The Buff Club begins with the top annual giving level (Director’s Circle) and reviews all requests from those that purchase or request tickets in this category in rank order. After all the requests in this category have been processed, the Buff Club then reviews all requests from those that purchase or request season tickets in the next annual giving level in rank order. This process continues through all the giving levels until all of the available tickets have been assigned.
JUNE 5th PRIORITY DEADLINE – Buff Club members who renew or donate to secure basketball season tickets by this date will receive priority consideration for additional season tickets and upgrades. *Please note, due to our SOLD OUT status for men’s basketball in the 2013-14 season, we anticipate very limited season ticket availability for the 2014-15 season. Priority seating contributions are subject to increase Members of the Buff Club staff and CU Ticket Office are available to personally assist you with requesting a season ticket location that matches your desired level of giving. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Buff Club at (303) 492-2200.
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The Buff Club is pleased to offer limited reserved men’s basketball parking opportunities. Currently, the Buff Club uses donor rank, as determined by the priority point system, to assign basketball parking. All basketball parking locations are subject to reassignment each year, and donors must purchase season tickets to be eligible.
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All parking areas are subject to change annually based on parking lot availability and construction projects as determined by the University of Colorado.
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Please note, while men’s basketball parking is currently offered complimentary to all eligible Buff Club members, this is subject to change in future seasons. Additionally, specific lots may require minimum annual contribution levels in future seasons. GE RE
Men’s Basketball Parking
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JUNE 5 PRIORITY DEADLINE – Buff Club members who renew or donate to secure men’s basketball season tickets or parking by this date will receive priority consideration when 2014-15 parking locations are assigned.
Buff Club Annual Donation
Reserved Donor Parking (Availability limited; based on donor rank)
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Premium seating at the University of Colorado is a great way to take a leadership role in support of Colorado Athletics, while enjoying one of the best seats available at Folsom Field and/or Coors Event Center.
Folsom Field East Side Suites East Side Suite Benefits • Eighteen (18) season tickets and four (4) suite guest passes • Opportunity to purchase additional Standing Room Only (SRO) tickets • Four football parking passes • Cushioned stadium seats • Elevator access • Two in-suite televisions • Refrigerator and catering options • Beer and wine available • Game programs For information regarding the availability of east side suites, please contact the Buff Club at (303) 492-2200.
Byron R. White Stadium Club Located on the 500 Level of the east side of Folsom Field, the Byron R. White Stadium Club offers Buff fans the opportunity to enjoy a premium seating experience with the most spectacular view in all of college football. Undercover outdoor seating, two climate-controlled indoor club areas, multiple televisions, made to order premium concessions and beer and wine available for purchase are sure to provide you and your guests with an unforgettable gameday experience. For information regarding the availability of club level seating, please contact the Buff Club at (303) 492-2200. Please refer to the Folsom Field map on page 15 for information on club seating sections and associated Buff Club contributions.
Flatirons Club The original premium seating area at Folsom Field, the Flatirons Club offers unparalleled sightlines along the west sideline along with the comfort and convenience of covered chair back seating, a private club room with premium food and beverage (including beer and wine), and TV monitors that are viewable from the seating area.
Coors Event Center Floor Seating Be a part of the action with floor seating for CU men’s and women’s basketball games at the Coors Event Center. Floor seating includes a parking pass, VIP entrance, and courtside food and beverage service. To inquire about floor seating, please contact the Buff Club at (303) 492-2200.
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Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer Buff Club members are given priority opportunity to purchase women’s basketball and volleyball season tickets and the Prentup Pass for women’s soccer games. Women’s basketball and volleyball season tickets, single game tickets and the women’s soccer Prentup Pass can be purchased through the CU Athletics Ticket Office at (303) 49-BUFFS.
taylor simpson Colorado Springs, Colorado
bianca jones Aurora, Colorado
arielle roberson San Antonio, Texas Buff Club Donor
national buff club
DID YOU KNOW? The National Buff Club Cabinet consists of 159 members spanning 12 states and the District of Columbia.
he National Buff Club Cabinet (NBCC) is an exclusive program for CU Athletics’ most generous annual supporters. In appreciation for their impact on our pursuit of athletic and academic excellence, NBCC members are recognized with Silver, Gold, and Director’s Circle memberships. Designed to steward our most valued benefactors, NBCC members receive numerous benefits and event invitations throughout the year. We also convene the NBCC exclusively each year to discuss the current state of our programs and future plans for CU Athletics. Incredibly, members of the National Buff Club Cabinet accounted for 62% of total giving to CU Athletics in 2012-13. Today, we are poised to build upon the collective commitment of this loyal segment of the CU family to achieve our vision of Sustainable Excellence as a model intercollegiate athletics program.
Who are NBCC members? • Alumni
With over 35,000 CU alumni living in the Pac-12 footprint, it is vital that we capitalize on the transition to our new conference and galvanize support of Buffs across the country. With your backing, our ambitious goals are attainable, and we will soon be on the path to unprecedented academic and athletic achievements. This level of annual commitment from National Buff Club Cabinet members helps to fund scholarships, academic support, sports medicine, and other services that directly benefit CU student-athletes, while also funding CU’s margin of excellence through strategic enhancements such as facility improvements and coaches’ salaries. Without the generous support of NBCC members, this simply would not be possible. Consider becoming our newest NBCC member today!
• Parents • Friends • Business & Civic Leaders • CU Athletics’ Coaches & Administrators
NBCC Membership Annual Gift Levels: Silver: $10,000 and above Gold: $25,000 and above
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Director’s Circle: $50,000 and above
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esigned to establish personal, life-long connections between benefactors and CU student-athletes, the Endowment Donor Program is ideal for donors who value academic achievement and the student-athlete experience as the highest priorities. Endowment giving provides an opportunity to establish a legacy of support for CU Athletics that will survive in perpetuity. Comprised of over 80 funds, CU Athletics’ endowment is currently valued at approximately $13 million. While we are grateful for the contributions of so many loyal endowment donors, this figure is dramatically lower than many of our peers and competitors throughout the Pac12 Conference and the nation. Scholarship endowments allow a donor to establish an endowed fund in support of any CU athletic program. Each year, distributions from these endowed funds are awarded to deserving student-athletes; and through regularly planned events, you will have the opportunity to meet with the recipient of your scholarship award.
Scholarship endowments can be established at three levels:
(Payable as pledges over 5 years)
• Silver Level: • Gold Level: • Platinum Level:
$100,000 $250,000 $500,000 and above
Newport Beach, California
Our ultimate goal at the University of Colorado is to build a scholarship endowment large enough to fund the annual cost of each and every scholarship we provide, and we must increase our focus on this vital source of revenue as we strive for Sustainable Excellence. Join us in our pursuit! Contact a member of our development staff today to learn more about establishing a scholarship endowment for CU Athletics.
Frequently Asked Questions Q: Is my contribution to the Buff Club tax deductible?
Q: Can I pay Buff Club donation in installments?
Q: How is my gift to the Buff Club used?
A: You can make monthly payments toward your Buff Club pledge. Equal monthly payments can be charged to your credit card on the 1st of each month. If your donation is tied to athletic benefits of any kind, your balance must be paid in full by June 1. Please contact a Buff Club staff member to discuss payment plan options.
A: Yes, the Internal Revenue Service allows a full deduction on contributions where there is no tangible or intangible benefit to the donor, otherwise an 80% deduction is allowed when the benefit is received. Contact your financial advisor for detailed information.
A: Your gift to the Buff Club is used for student-athlete scholarships, facilities, academic services and general operating budget needs of the athletics department. With over 300 student-athletes on campus, the role the Buff Club plays is essential to the success of the Colorado Buffaloes.
Q: How many members are there in the Buff Club? A: There are currently over 9,000 active Buff Club members.
Q: Who can join the Buff Club? A: All CU fans are encouraged to join the Buff Club.
Q: Can I join the Buff Club if I don’t want season tickets? A: Yes, the Buff Club is Colorado Athletics main source of private support. Being a Buff Club member at any level helps CU Athletics build sustainable excellence in strengthening its athletic programs and helps to drive CU’s stature as an elite national university. A successful athletic program needs funding to provide the resources critical to the success of its student-athletes. Annual gifts to the Buff Club are what make all of this possible.
Q: Does my Buff Club donation qualify me for football and basketball season tickets? A: Your cumulative annual donation amount qualifies you for season tickets in football and men’s/women’s basketball. The total gift amount corresponds to seating locations that you are eligible for based on your annual giving level and availability.
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Q: What are priority points? A: The Buff Club uses a priority point system to provide a fair and equitable method to reward the generosity and loyalty of supporters to Colorado studentathletes. Priority points help determine athletics benefits such as priority for upgraded season ticket locations and parking, away game tickets and postseason ticket allocation.
Q: Can I transfer priority points, tickets, or parking? A: Tickets can be transferred and the Buff Club would be pleased to discuss this process with you. Unfortunately, priority points and parking cannot be transferred, as these benefits are uniquely associated with each individual donor.
Q: What is the relationship between my annual giving level and priority points? A: All Buff Club members are ranked first by their annual giving level and then by their points. For example: Donor (A) gives $2,500 annually which makes Donor (A) an All-American level donor. Donor (A) has 2,000 priority points. Donor (B) is also an All-American level donor and has 1,000 priority points. Therefore, the ranking of the All-American level would be Donor (A) in position one and donor (B) in position two. Donor (A) would be eligible to select benefits such as tickets and parking before Donor (B) in this example. Further, if Donor (C) has 3,000 priority points but is only giving $1,000 at the Coaches level in a given year, Donor (A) would still select benefits before Donor (C).
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Every member of the 2013-14 CU womenâ€™s basketball team has made a financial contribution to the Buff Club.
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201314 womenâ€™s basketball
(L-R) Rachel Hargis, Haley Smith, Jen Reese, Desiree Harris, Arielle Roberson, Jamee Swan, Bri Watts, Lexy Kresl, Zoe Beard-Fails, Ashley Wilson, Lauren Huggins, Jasmine Sborov and Brittany Wilson
Linda Lappe Head Coach Buff Club Donor
“The more you CARE,
the more you INVEST.” — Head Football Coach Mike MacIntyre Buff Club Donor