Forward Together, what an appropriate name for the largest and most ambitious fundraising campaign in the history of University of Mississippi Intercollegiate Athletics. These two words evoke an undeniable strength of purpose; a commitment to our student-athletes’ future and our student-athletes’ pursuit of championships. The Forward Together campaign affords us an incredible opportunity to set Ole Miss Athletics on course for unprecedented success. With your help we can ensure that our student-athletes are learning, training and competing in the finest facilities in the country. We can also make certain that every recruit who visits our campus feels as though there is no other place, but Ole Miss. Ole Miss Athletics will set the standard for academic and athletic achievement and excellence. To be sure, this campaign and these new facilities will also serve to enhance your game-day experience and contribute to the vitality of our beautiful campus. Commitment, sacrifice and a healthy sense of optimism are the hallmarks of success on and off the playing field. We require this from our student-athletes and we’re now asking the same of you. Please consider being a part of a new era in Ole Miss Athletics. Thank you for all you have done and continue to do for the Rebels! Hotty Toddy! Ross Bjork
• Replace an antiquated arena with a modern, first-class basketball facility;
• Provide for necessary renovations and improvements to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium concourse areas;
This campaign and the proposed facility enhancements reflect much more than a bricks and mortar investment in Ole Miss Athletics. The Forward Together Campaign exemplifies our shared values; our commitment to excellence and our unwavering resolve to win championships. Forward Together. Are you Ready?
• Upgrade existing premium seating areas to enhance functionality and comfort;
• Expand the north endzone of Vaught-Hemingway Stadium to accommodate the increasing demand for premium seating and improve the overall aesthetic look and feel of the stadium;
• Create a Hall of Fame area to showcase Ole Miss Athletics History;
• Provide for improvements to the Gillom Center;
The Forward Together campaign funding model exemplifies the growing trend in college athletics to coalesce traditional methods of fundraising with new and innovative methods to generate revenue. Philanthropic giving combined with the introduction of Capital Gift Agreements (CGAâ€™s) accomplishes just that by integrating the old with the new and providing a way for everyone to contribute to this monumental effort.
FUNDING SOURCES 23%
34% Philanthropic Giving
Arena Capital Gift Agreement
Vaught-Hemingway Capital Gift Agreement
North Endzone Capital Gift Agreement
As is the case with all capital campaigns, philanthropic giving will serve as the foundation of the Forward Together fundraising efforts. Ole Miss supporters will be able to make philanthropic contributions to the campaign through the Vaught Society, Builders Circle or an array of facility naming opportunities, outlined in the following pages. * * Gifts made to the Vaught Society, Builders Circle or for a naming opportunity may be 100% tax deductible under section 170(1) of the Internal Revenue Code. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.
BASED ON FIVE YEAR COMMITMENTS $25,000
Invited to Vaught Invited to Vaught Invited to Vaught Invited to Vaught Invited to Vaught Society events Society events Society events Society events Society events Exclusive Vaught Exclusive Vaught Exclusive Vaught Exclusive Vaught Exclusive Vaught Society apparel Society apparel Society apparel Society apparel Society apparel SEC weekend SEC weekend SEC weekend SEC weekend SEC weekend Breakfast/Chalk Breakfast/Chalk Breakfast/Chalk Breakfast/Chalk Breakfast/Chalk Talk with Head Talk with Head Talk with Head Talk with Head Talk with Head Baseball Coach Baseball Coach Baseball Coach Baseball Coach Baseball Coach Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball Men’s Basketball hospitality access hospitality access hospitality access hospitality access Naming opportunity in athletics facility
High profile naming opportunity in athletics facility
Higher profile naming opportunity in athletics facility
Premier naming opportunity in athletics facility
Pre-Game Pre-Game Pre-Game sideline access sideline access sideline access to all Rebel home to all Rebel home to all Rebel home football games football games football games Home post game Home post game coaches press coaches press conference conference Football away game travel once/year
Football away game travel once/year
Vaught Society Board Membership
Vaught Society Board Membership
Builders Circle contributors will have 10-year membership in the Vaught Society at the highest level. Please ask for more information on the Builders Circle and other Forward Together campaign naming opportunities
Executive Committee Membership
VAUGHT SOCIETY Coach John Vaught is one of the most recognizable names in the history of college football due to the extraordinary level of success he enjoyed while at Ole Miss. During his tenure, the Rebels experienced heights never before seen in the history of the program. As such, the Vaught Society carries his namesake. The Vaught Society began in 2005 with an exclusive group of donors that had contributed over $350,000 in their lifetime to Ole Miss Athletics. These generous individuals have most certainly built the foundation that we are so proud to stand on today and we are eternally grateful for their support. Since then, the Vaught Society has been restructured in an effort to be much more inclusive and allow for more donors to invest in the future of Ole Miss Athletics. Since its reintroduction to the public in December 2009, the Vaught Society has increased its membership from 27 to over 150 members and has generated over $11 million in philanthropic support for Ole Miss Athletics. Proceeds were directed toward a number of facility initiatives including, but not limited to, IPF expansion, Palmer-Salloum Tennis Center expansion, Basketball Practice Facility and Oxford-University Stadium expansion.
STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM The Vaught Society Stewardship program was designed to provide members with various benefits in recognition of their investment in the Forward Together campaign. Stewardship benefits and contribution levels are based on five-year pledge commitments. Example: $5,000 annually for five years to fulfill a $25,000 Vaught Society pledge. 5
FORWARD TOGETHER BUILDERS CIRCLE The Builders Circle is a small group of philanthropic supporters who, through their leadership, will play a critical role in the success of the Forward Together campaign for Ole Miss Athletics. This exclusive group of no more than 20 members will serve as an essential component of philanthropic funding for the proposed facility construction and enhancements. In recognition of their commitment to the Forward Together campaign, contributors will be credited as members of the Builders Circle and have their names prominently displayed in both the North Endzone expansion and the new Arena. Recognition as a member of the Builders Circle will remain in both venues for the life of each facility.
$1,000,000 • Name prominently displayed in the North Endzone expansion and new Arena • 10-year membership in the highest level of the Vaught Society • Executive Committee membership • Advisory Board membership • Football away game travel once/year • Pre-game sideline access to all home football games • Men’s basketball hospitality access • Invitations to Vaught Society events
$1,500,000 • Name prominently displayed in the North Endzone expansion and new Arena • Choice of luxury suite in North Endzone expansion or Arena • 10-year membership in the Vaught Society at the highest level • Executive Committee membership • Advisory Board membership • Football away game travel once/year • Pre-game sideline access to all home football games • Men’s basketball hospitality access • Invitations to Vaught Society events
NAMING OPPORTUNITIES The UMAA Foundation and Ole Miss Athletics are offering a number of high profile naming opportunities in and around new facility construction. Naming opportunities are a great way for a family or business to cement an everlasting relationship with Ole Miss. For more information please contact the UMAA Foundation and ask to speak with a member of the major gifts staff.
THANK YOU The athletic facilities at Ole Miss serve as tributes not only to the outstanding accomplishments of our coaches and student-athletes but, also the extraordinary commitment to excellence shown by many generous supporters. The proposed projects will be a key component in providing our coaches and student-athletes with facilities that are commensurate with a championship program. We thank you for all you have done and continue to do for Ole Miss Athletics. It is with deep appreciation and respect that we ask you to consider giving to the Forward Together Campaign.
The aforementioned naming opportunities may be payable over a period of years. Contribution schedule is negotiable. All naming opportunities are subject to IHL Board approval.
Forward Together. Are You Ready? C.M. Tad Smith Coliseum 201 Coliseum Dr. PO Box 355 University, MS 38677 (662) 915-7159