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n 1982, a small group of individuals formed the Southern Boosters to garner support for a fledgling football team at Georgia Southern University. Many years later, that group of faithful charter members has grown to thousands of supporters across the country, who proudly provide Georgia Southern athletes with scholarships from both an unrestricted and endowed basis. Now known as the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, the organization also benefits the athletic program with the construction of athletic-related facilities, equipment purchases and other goods and services necessary for the operations of the athletic department.

The Eagle Fund, the annual donation campaign of the Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation, utilizes 92% of its received gifts directly for student aid. This monetary support keeps alive our vision of “Rings and Diplomas,” granting every student-athlete at Georgia Southern the opportunity to pursue his or her goal of a college education and a championship ring. Eagle Fund donors are an integral link between a promising student-athlete’s potential and his or her reward of a championship and graduation. Our members are making a direct impact on a young person’s life. We invite you to join.


Dear Eagle Nation, The Soaring to Victory Capital Campaign has been launched; an exciting roadmap to define our future that began with the Phase I goal of building a new Football Operations Center, as well as other needed additions to our facilities infrastructure. Our mission to expand is underway. We launched Phase II of our campaign in January 2013, to answer the critical need to increase support to the athletics’ operational budget and to fund scholarships. During this phase we are asking our donors to not only give to the Eagle Fund, but to tell a friend to get involved, too. We need the whole Eagle Nation to help us accomplish this important goal. Make the choice to make a difference in the lives of talented young people. Join our Champion the Champions — Double the Donor Base campaign by donating today! Phil Moore

Chair, GSU Athletic Foundation



our gift provides an avenue for one of our 400 student-athletes to receive an education, and further his or her pursuit of our vision, “Rings and Diplomas.” Simply put, without private support, these young adults would not be able to obtain a scholarship from Georgia Southern University. Your gift makes a crucial difference in a young person’s life. Tax Benefits Since we operate as a non-profit organization, your donation is tax deductible. Your personal tax advisor can advise you on the direct tax benefit from your gift.

Ticket Purchase Priority Lend your support and receive the best tickets. Eagle Fund members are given priority on ticket availability and seat locations for all GSU athletic events. This priority component is used in determining tickets for away-games or post-season games. The ticket purchase priority ensures that those who support and buy tickets are awarded the best tickets available through the university. Bishop Field House Pre-game Social Join your fellow Eagle Fund members at the Bald Eagle level or above, and receive pre-game access to the Bishop Field House prior to all home football games. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and complimentary beverages while you meet fellow fans and get ready to watch the game.

Donor Benefits

Young Alumni Year 1 - $30 Year 2 - $60 Year 3 - $90

Athletic Director’s Club E.Y. E.S. $60 - $119

TRUE BLUE $120 - $299

EAGLE $300 - $599

BALD EAGLE $600-$1,199

BRONZE EAGLE $1,200-$2,999

SILVER EAGLE $3,000-$5,999

GOLD EAGLE $6,000-$11,999

Eagle Insider Newsletter/E-mail Updates

MBK Season Ticket Purchase Priority



Right to Purchase Large RV Parking2




Tax Deduction1 Eagle Fund License Plate Eagle Fund Window Decal Listing in End Zone Football Gameday Program Bsk’ball, V’ball, Baseball Pass; Gen.Adm.Football (6)

MBK Season Parking Privileges FB Season Ticket Priority (Sec. C & E w/o back)2 Right to Purchase FB Season Parking2

FB Season Ticket Priority (Sec. C & E w/backs)2

FB Season Ticket Priority (Sec. D)2 Bishop Field House Pre-Game Social Admissions*


Donor Recognition Plaque

Football Eagle Club Season Ticket Priority2 Invitation to Exclusive AD Club Socials

Benefits Effective January 1, 2013 Football Season Parking Pass: $100

Invitation to Exclusive Head Coach’s Cookout

Commemorative Gift

Spec. Recog. in End Zone Football Game Program**

**Donor supplies high resolution color photo to Athletic Foundation

1 - Consult Your Tax Advisor

2 - Based on Availability

*Two Guests Allowed per Admission


2 + 1 Comp

2 + 1 Comp



Annual Cash Gifts Annual cash gifts given to support the Eagle Fund are deposited into an unrestricted fund and are used to help fulfill our scholarship needs for student-athletes. Every dollar in a cash gift counts towards a donor’s priority point total. The Eagle Fund relies on the annual donations of its members to support the yearly scholarship commitment that recently exceeded $3.4 million. Important note: All annual Eagle Fund donations intended for ticketing and priority parking must be donated by June 1st.

Matching Gifts Check with your employer’s human resource department to find out if your company participates in a matching gift program. If they do, inquire about how to obtain the appropriate form to send along with your cash donation. Your company’s matching gift program may contain a provision to match athletic foundation donations. Some company matches will range from 25% up to three times the gift amount. All matching funds are credited to the donor’s annual giving total for the year.

Gift-In-Kind In addition to annual cash gifts, goods and services are needed to build the strength of our athletic department. Catering services, printing supplies, and courtesy cars are simply a few items among the department’s day-to-day needs.

Scholarship Endowments Endowing a scholarship is a way for you to leave your legacy at Georgia Southern University. Unlike an annual gift, the corpus of the endowment gift remains in perpetuity. The interest income is used to benefit future student-athletes.

Securities and Multiple Payment Options If you are interested in making a stock or MPO (multiple payment option) gift, please contact the Athletic Foundation office for more information. If you intend to make a stock gift, please complete your gift no later than year-end so that your donation can be counted as tax deductible for the current year.



eorgia Southern students recently voted for an increase of $110 to their student fees for the future of Georgia Southern. Their choice to support their University included funds to expand Paulson Stadium seating in addition to funding an FBS Athletic Operations Fee. These fees pave the way for us to move up to compete at a new level of competition, as well as, a new conference. Now, we are asking you to increase your support of our athletic program by raising your gift 10% and to match what our students have done. Just think, if all Eagle Fund members increased their gift 10%, we would already be 10% ahead of where we were last year. When you increase your donation and give 110%, we will show our appreciation with a gift.

PRIORITY POINT SYSTEM To more equitably serve our Eagle Fund donors, a priority point system has been implemented to fairly determine priority in parking allocation and in acquiring high demand tickets. Away games, post-season tournaments and other special events are examples.

How You Acquire Points:

Priority points are given in recognition of the support of our Eagle faithful, both donors and season ticket holders, who accumulate individual point totals based on the following criteria: Consecutive Years’ Contribution to the Eagle Fund* Current Year Eagle Fund Contribution Consecutive Years’ Football Season Tickets* Consecutive Years’ Men’s Basketball Season Tickets* Consecutive Years’ Baseball Season Tickets* Eagle Fund Donor Recruitment

2 points per year 1 point per $100 1 point per year 1 point per year 1 point per year 1 point per member

Where Do You Rank? Rank 100 350 500 800 1,200 1,500 2,000

Points** 104 72 55 35 21 12 6

*Consecutive years’ points are calculated beginning with the current year and working backward. *Season ticket purchases are calculated from 1990 to the present. *Ticket availability is based on the number of tickets allotted to Georgia Southern for each specific event.

**Points are based on 2011 and prior annual donations.


Eagle Fund Delegate Program

The Eagle Fund manages its fund-raising effort with the great assistance of our Eagle Fund Delegates. We are organizing volunteers in local areas to take leadership roles and serve as Eagle Fund Delegates in their communities. We can use your help. As an Eagle Fund Delegate, your duties will include arranging local gatherings, serving as the local contact for a defined group of Eagle Fund donors, developing and cultivating new donors in your respective area, and being a general liaison for the Eagle Fund. Our Eagle Fund Delegate program serves as the foundation for the growth of Eagle Fund annual giving.

Scholarship Support

Scholarships for our athletic program recently exceeded $3.4 million. In the past few years, the Eagle Fund has raised 32% of this annual scholarship support to offset the cost of this critical need. This vital expenditure is creating a deficit that our athletic department must offset to provide a quality education and essential resources for our student-athletes. You can make a positive impact on these students — give a gift to the Eagle Fund.

Rings & Diplomas

Membership Base

At the end of 2011, the Eagle Fund experienced a record-breaking year for total members with more than 2,700 enrolled. Our current alumni base has exceeded over 60,000 living alumni. With this many alumni and fans throughout the southeast, we should be a membership leader in all of FCS Football. Help us succeed – it starts with you! Southern Conference Athletics (Recent Member Statistics)

ASU Charleston

3,282 members 900 members


2,713 members


673 members


1,683 members


464 members


3,000 members


661 members


1,700 members


1,187 members


1,345 members


1,900 members



Eagle Fund Delegate Program he goal of the Eagle Delegate Program is to significantly increase the number of Eagle Fund donors in order to better support the scholarships of our 400 plus student-athletes. You can contribute by recruiting new Eagle Fund donors and fostering relationships with current and past Eagle Fund contributors by becoming an Eagle Fund Delegate.

For more information or to become an Eagle Fund Delegate contact

The Eagle Fund Delegate program has been developed in order to share our mission of ‘Rings and Diplomas.’ The Athletic Foundation provides the financial support necessary to fund our athletic programs’ constant pursuit of excellence. Every single new membership contributes to the success of Eagle Athletics.


As an Eagle Fund Delegate, you will be provided the tools and guidance to help you recruit new members, and inform alumni and fans about the Georgia Southern Athletic Foundation’s mission.

Brunswick • Macon • Statesboro David Beaubien ( 912-478-5520

Sally Scott ( • 912-478-5520) Eagle Fund Staff Area Representatives

Feel free to contact your area staff representative for any help with your Eagle Fund Delegate efforts. Lindsey Randolph ( 404-989-3025 • Augusta • Columbus • Savannah Frank Hook ( 912-478-0160 Albany


Junior Eagle Club: Verizon and Chick-Fil-A have teamed up with Georgia Southern University Athletics to present the

Junior Eagle Club. An annual membership is $15 per child and includes free admission to several Georgia Southern Athletics events. To enroll your child, please call the Athletic Marketing Office at 912-478-1500. Young Alumni Program: The Young Alumni program is a combined effort on behalf of the GSU Athletic Foundation and

the GSU Alumni Association. It allows recent graduates the opportunity to stay involved and support the university at a staircase rate of giving. Please contact the Athletic Foundation for more information. Student Eagle Club: The GSU Athletic Foundation and GSU Alumni Association are embarking on a new grassroots effort

to get more students involved. The Student Eagle Club program consists of full-time GSU students, who pay $20 annually to receive the following benefits: t-shirt, The Eagle Insider update, membership card and decal, the opportunity to receive premium student seating, invitations to Eagle Fund/Alumni gatherings, priority for tickets at home games and select away games/special events. EFAA: The Eagle Football Alumni Association is a program comprised of former Georgia Southern football players, trainers,

and managers. The EFAA raises funds to support the Georgia Southern Football program and also provided support for the start of the Erk Russell Endowed Scholarship. Membership dues for EFAA members are $60.



Seating Arrangements: If you would like to change your current seat location, please contact the athletic ticket office at 1-800-GSU-WINS. The Eagle Fund and athletic ticket office will make every effort to honor your request. In order to have seats in sections C. D or E, the account holder must maintain the required giving level for the desired section, and renew by the priority deadline of June 3rd. Away Game Tickets: Upcoming football seasons will include trips to several attractive away venues. Since there will be a high demand for these away-game tickets, the priority point system will be the determining factor for ticket allocation. If you are a current Eagle Fund donor, you will have first priority to purchase tickets. Eagle Club/Stadium Club seats: Currently, the Eagle Club seats as well as the Stadium Club seats are sold out. In the event of someone not renewing their season tickets, some of these seats may become available. You must be an Eagle Fund donor at the appropriate level to request seats in these sections. Please contact the Athletic Foundation to be put on the waiting list.


Eagle Club

Bleachers w/back

Bleachers w/o back

Family Plan


Requires eagle Fund donation



ame-day parking spaces are numbered and assigned to individual donors. This method of parking space allocation is the most effective way to grant access to the most donors on a game-by-game basis.

Each assigned space will be protected for a donor’s exclusive use from 8:00 A.M., the morning of a game, until the conclusion of the game. Special arrangements will be made for games played on days of the week other than Saturday. The assignment of spaces is based on the Priority Point System. • To order your parking for the current season, complete the parking request form* available in your membership renewal packet and return it to the Eagle Fund office by June 3rd. *New donors, please contact Justin Callaway for more information: 912.478.5520.

• Annual fees are assessed depending on the size of parking space required. Please see the Parking Categories noted on the following page to determine the size space you require and the associated fee. • The proceeds generated from parking fees are used to fund the ‘Margin of Excellence’ Fund, which provides additional monetary support for recruiting, equipment, nutritional supplements, etc. • The ordering process allows people to request specific locations and/or groupings of spaces so that the game-day atmosphere in the parking lot at Paulson Stadium is maintained. • The Ceramics Studio Parking Lot and lower portion of the Performing Arts Center Parking Lot have been designated as ‘General Admission’ and are available for any donor at the $120 (True Blue) level or higher, if they choose not to purchase an assigned space. A General Admission hang tag is required, and is valid for either General Admission Lot. Hang tags will be provided to True Blue level donors and above, who choose not to purchase Paulson Stadium Parking.

PARKING CATEGORIES Large Tailgate/RV Parking The minimum level donation required to purchase an RV Parking spot is $600. The parking fee associated with the RV/Large Tailgate spot is $500 per spot. Individual Parking The minimum level donation required to purchase an individual parking spot is $300. The parking fee associated with Individual Parking is $100. The individual parking spaces measure approximately 10’ wide by 20’ deep. Handicap Parking Handicap parking at Paulson Stadium is available to current Eagle Fund members, who have met the minimum $300 donation requirement and who purchased a parking pass for $100. In order to obtain a handicap parking pass, you must register your state-issued handicap hangtag with the GSU Athletic Foundation office. There are 72 spots designated for handicap parking (Cowart Building parking lot and on the side of the preferred parking lot), and they will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. All game-day shuttles are handicap accessible and are available for non-donors.



Alumni Year:

YOUNG ALUMNI Year 1 - $30

Name: Address: Please cut on the dotted line.



Home Phone: Cell:


Bus. Phone: Email:

Matching Gift Company: My check for $ Charge my VISA/MC/Amex Card $

is enclosed.

Name on account: Card #

Year 2 - $60

Year 3 - $90

Exp. Date:

Signature authorization Please make checks payable to GSUAF. Your gift is tax deductible. Your personal tax advisor can advise you on the direct tax benefit from your gift.

Please contact me: I am interested in being contacted for season tickets:

E.Y. E.S.


60 - $119



120 - $299



300 - $599



600 - $1,199


$ 1,200 - $2,999


$ 3,000 - $5,999


$6,000 - $11,999



12,000 +

Football Men’s Basketball Women’s Basketball Baseball Volleyball

Authority to Honor Bank and Credit/Debit Card Drafts For your convenience, you can have your bank account or credit/debit card drafted monthly to fulfill your yearly donation. If you would like to have the convenience of completing your yearly commitment with a monthly bank or credit card draft, complete this form and return it with a voided check. Completion of this form is an authorization for the Georgia Southern Athletic University Foundation, Inc. to draft your account. The Eagle Fund thanks you for your donation.

For your convenience, you can have your bank account or credit/debit card drafted monthly to fulfill your yearly donation. Credit/Debit Draft Authorization

If you would like to have the convenience of completing your yearly commitment

If you would like to have the convenience of completing your donation with a monthly draft,

with a monthly bank draft, return a voided check with this form.

complete this form. (Credit/Debit card drafts occur on the 15th of each month.)

(Bank drafts occur on the 3rd of each month.)

Name on Account:

Name on Account: Total Gift Amount $: Routing # Signature authorization

Please cut here.

Bank Draft Authorization

Total Gift Amount $: Monthly Draft Amount: $

Monthly Draft Amount: $

Account #

Credit/Debit Card # Date

Expiration Date: Signature authorization


This authority is to remain in full force and effect until the GSU Athletic Foundation has received written notification from me (or either of us) of its termination in such time and manner as to afford the Athletic Foundation and the financial institution a reasonable opportunity to act on it.

Donate securely online at:

STAY IN TOUCH For more information on how to join the Eagle Fund call 912.478.5520 or visit

Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation P.O. Box 8115-01 • Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8115 • 912.478.5520 •


John Mulherin President johnmul@

David Beaubien Executive Director of the Eagle Fund dbeaubien@

Frank Hook Director of Donor Relations fhook@

Lindsey C. Randolph Atlanta Regional Athletics Development Director lrandolph@

Kathryn Bryant Operations Director kathrynbryant@

P.O. Box 8115-01 Statesboro, Georgia 30460-8115 Dee Parker Records Director dparker@

Justin Callaway Eagle Fund Special Projects Coordinator justincallaway50@

Sally Scott Eagle Fund Program Coordinator swscott@

John Ramfjord Athletics Ticket Manager jramfjord@


Back cover photo credit - Frank Fortune Basketball photo credit - Frank Selden


Questions: Georgia Southern University Athletic Foundation PO Box 8115-01 Statesboro, GA 30460-8115

GSUAF Donor Guide 2013  

The membership guide for donors to the Georgia Southern University Athetlic Foundation