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2017 ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM

NITTANY LION CLUB Supporting Student-Athletes


You Make the Difference DEAR NITTANY LION CLUB MEMBERS, The landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to evolve on a monthly, and sometimes daily basis, and these changes present challenges, as well as tremendous opportunities, for our 800 student-athletes. During the past year, we have been able to provide cost of attendance for our student-athletes and have installed fueling stations online across our facilities to provide additional nutrition opportunities for our students. Our commitment to fulfill these initiatives added an additional $2.5 million to the Intercollegiate Athletics budget. This past year has also seen Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics embark

on

strategic

planning

and

facilities

“With this generous gift that you have given me, I will take advantage of all the amazing opprotunities that I have here at Penn State. Most importantly I will try my best to succeed academically and athletically.� Jessie Radanovich Women’s Fencing

master

planning projects that are vital in establishing our road map for both the short and long term. We are excited to consider the potential options for our athletic facilities plans in our daily charge to provide conditions for success for our student-athletes in the classroom, competition and in the community. Penn State is currently one of only seven institutions nationally that has a self-supporting athletic department. We rely on the generosity of our 23,000 Nittany Lion Club members to help fund these initiatives as well as provide scholarships and other vital needs that maintain our exceptional conditions for success for our student-athletes. I cannot thank you enough for your consistent support through the Nittany Lion Club. The importance of your contribution plays a critical part in advancing opportunities for our student-athletes. We need to continue to grow and enhance our Nittany Lion Club membership to close the gap with our scholarship costs that provide the very best resources for our Nittany Lions. Our passionate and dedicated Nittany Lion Club members are the best in the nation and have consistently stepped up to support this great institution and our 31 varsity programs. You play such a critical role in defining why WE ARE!!

Sandy Barbour Director of Athletics

ANNUAL GIVING PROGRAM 2017

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You Make the Difference Fall 2015

NITTANY LION CLUB MISSION The mission of the Nittany Lion Club is to provide annual schol­arship support to Penn State University student-athletes and to develop private support for capital projects, endowments and other needs as prioritized by Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics. Making a gift to the Nittany Lion Club Levi-Lamb fund provides financial aid to benefit our student-athletes and provides the resources they need to excel in the classroom and in competition. Your gift enables them to train and study in state of the art facilities such as the Morgan Academic Center. Currently, the maximum number of scholarships allowed by the NCAA are given to over 800 deserving student-athletes.

234

516

student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or higher to gain Dean’s list recognition

student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher – 59% of our active studentathletes

Spring 2016

79 PENN STATE STUDENT-ATHLETES (IN 8 WINTER SPORTS) EARNED ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN HONORS

244

482

student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or higher to gain Dean’s list recognition

student-athletes earned a 3.0 GPA or higher – 62.3 % of our active student-athletes

Wrestling (14) Men’s Ice Hockey (16) Men’s Swimming & Diving (7)

WHY WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics is truly a selfsustaining athletic department. Intercollegiate athletics does not receive any state or university funding for annual operating expenses.

Women’s Gymnastics (9) Men’s Gymnastics (4) Women’s Basketball (3) Men’s Basketball (3]

Women’s Swimming and Diving (23)

2016-17 IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER NOVEMBER 15

Early Renewal Deadline NLC Donation & FB Ticket Invoice early renewal (receive additional points for renewing both early)

DECEMBER 31

Last day to make a tax deductible gift for the calendar year

FEBRUARY 1

NLC donation due for football and hockey tickets Football ticket invoice due

MARCH–JUNE

Seat selections begin for football, hockey, basketball

JUNE 30

Final day to make your NLC contribution for the fiscal year

IRS

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You Make the Difference WAYS TO GIVE Credit Card: •Go to www.nittanylionclub.com • My Account • Join as a NEW MEMBER

ALREADY A MEMBER? Log into your Nittany Lion Club Account Go to www.NittanyLionClub.com

Check: •Make checks payable to “Penn State University” •Send checks to Nittany Lion Club, 147 Bryce Jordan Center University Park, PA 16802

Corporate Matching Gifts/Stock or Fund Transfers: •Contact the Nittany Lion Club at 814-865-9462 Matching gifts are encouraged. Please check with your company to ensure your gift will be matched. Please give your gift early to allow your company ample time to provide the matching funds by February 1st.

TAX INFORMATION Contributions to the Nittany Lion Club are 80% tax deductible, according to Internal Revenue Service Code Section 170 (I), when the gift results in the right to purchase football, basketball or hockey tickets. Only the individual or company paying TAX DEDUCTIBLE for the priority is eligible for the tax deduction. The value of your benefits can be found by visiting our website. As with any charitable gift, please consult with your tax adviser to determine your deduction.

AVAILABLE IN YOUR NLC ACCOUNT

•Indicate your desire to participate in the spring seat selection. •Ticket invoices will be available to pay online as early as the middle of October, 2016. Football season ticket invoices are due Feb. 1, 2017. You may select a payment plan, to purchase your 2017 season tickets, when you are checking out to pay.

GIVE WHAT YOU CAN

•P  rivate support is essential: it enables Penn State to provide student-athletes with the best possible experience and the resources they need to succeed athletically and academically.

• Your contribution to the Nittany Lion Club directly supports grant-in-aid, operational support, academic and medical support for our 800 plus student-athletes. • Continued financial stability will allow us to maintain the tradition of academic and athletic excellence for our entire 31 sport programs.

80%

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You Make the Difference 2017 NITTANY LION CLUB BENEFITS Membership Level Annual Gift

All-American $20,000+

Lion’s Pride $10,000-19,999

Lion’s Circle $5,000-9,999

Honorary Coach $2,500-4,999

Honorary Captain $1,000-2,499

Lion Loyalty $400-999

Lion Backer $100-399

8 FB

14 FB

12 FB

10 FB

8FB

6FB

4FB

2FB

1 CAR AND

1 CAR AND

3 CARS or 2 CARS & 1 RV

2 CARS or 1 CAR & 1 RV

1 CAR AND 2 CARS or 1 RV

Lapel pin (first year only) Auto Decal, Magnet, and NLC Memento Priority purchase of season tickets for varsity sports (ticket allocations are based on NLC points, giving level, and availability) Maximum # of Season Football Tickets

Maximum # of Single Game Football Tickets at the NLC price (based on NLC point total, giving level, and meeting the single game ticket deadline) Option to purchase football parking in a PREFERRED lot (based on NLC points and availability) Option to purchase football parking in a RESERVED lot (based on NLC points and availability)

14 FB

1 CAR or 1 RV AND

1 CAR or 1 RV

1 CAR

ROAR Magazine

Complimentary Sports Pass (excludes: Football, Men’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey and Wrestling) Football Yearbook (other sports available online) Football game program recognition Invitations to special athletic department events Special recognition reception/dinner Bryce Jordan Center Founder’s Room privileges for both men’s and women’s basketball for 2016-17 Invitation for two to the NLC suite for one home football game Priority scheduling & starting times at the Penn State golf courses complimentary 2 first round (Subject to restrictions) Unique VIP Opportunity (i.e. Big Ten Football Kick-Off Luncheon, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Big Ten Tournament)

– – – Important Dates to Remember

Nov. 15, 2016 Early Renewal deadline.

NLC Donation & FB ticket invoice early renewal.

– – –

– –

Note: A donation for new football season tickets provides the priority to request tickets, but tickets are not guaranteed. New football season tickets are determined by availability and NLC Point Total. Additionally, the number of tickets associated with this benefit is for season tickets only. Single game ticket eligibility will be assessed and communicated to members on an annual basis. FB - Football.

to renew and secure 2017 football and hockey tickets

Feb. 1, 2017

Season Football ticket renewal deadline

March, 2017 Opportunity for NLC

BEAVER STADIUM SEATING CHART

members to relocate football seats

Note: The per seat donation structure is not in addition to a gift reflected on the benefits chart. Your NLC donation/membership for tickets and parking is a combination of the following criteria: Ticket Location, and desired Parking Benefits. Note: Mt. Nittany Club seat holders are required to make a NLC donation based on $100 per seat. This donation is independent of their club seat lease.

*NOTE exception of the grey (no donation) section which has a max # of four season tickets.

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You Make the Difference HOW DO WE MEET THE RISE IN COST OF ATTENDANCE AND NUTRITION?

Recent passed NCAA legislation now permits cost of attendance measures that will add an on-going expense of approximately $1.75 million to scholarship costs. Penn State has chosen to provide this resource to our student-atheltes. There are two simple ways to help cover these costs: 1. Give $110 more! Nittany Lion student-athletes have Supporting Penn State Student-Athletes vowed to give 110% in the classroom and in competition. We respectfully ask that you consider giving an extra $110 in 2017 as we continue to foster the success of our student-athletes, teams and programs at Penn State. Receive three (3) NLC points (1 point=$50) when you participate in the program.

110more 10,000 Members

x

$110

=

$1.1 million more ways to impact student-athlete success

"Because of your gift, my family and I have been able to see first hand the impact of the Penn State experience. Thank you for your generosity and support.”

Teniya Page Women’s Basketball

2. Consider the Next Level. If half of all NLC members increased their giving to the next benefit level we could provide over $2 million additional funds to support our student-athletes and shape our future leaders. Receive two (2) points for every $100 given.

Consider the Next Level 39% 8,100 members $1.4 million

TO

50%

+4,050 members

Lion Backer

Lion Loyalty

($100-399)

($400-999)

If ½ of Lion Backer members increased to the next giving level we could provide an additional $1.62 million to support our student-athletes and shape our future leaders

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You Make the Difference PRIORITY POINTS SYSTEM Nittany Lion Club members are given first priority in purchasing available football, basketball and hockey season and individual tickets based on their NLC point total. Points are assigned as follows: Each $100 contributed since becoming a member

2

POINTS

Early renewal (by Nov. 15)

5

POINTS

Renewing Your membership

1 POINT

Renewing your membership Online

2

3

POINTS

POINTS

For Penn State Alumni status (maximum of 10 points per membership)

Varsity ‘S’ member status (one time credit)

10 10 POINTS

Every $50 equals

POINTS

For lifetime members of the Penn State Alumni Association (one time credit)

20 POINTS

WHY POINTS MATTER?

NLC renewal points

Gifts made online

Early renewal by Nov. 15, 2016

5

3

2 POINTS

POINTS

POINTS

Total possible renewal NLC points:

10+ S POINT

“I absolutely love Penn State and all the experiences I have went through thus far. Without your generous donation I would not be able to attend this amazing institution and receive the highest level of education. I can’t begin to tell you how grateful my family and I are for the opportunity you have given me”

James Robinson Men’s Ice Hockey

• Priority seating for various sports (new or upgrades) • Parking location (new or upgrades) • Bowl ticket opportunities • Away game football tickets (seating location, ticket) • Single game home event ticket opportunities • Olympic sport championship ticket priority • Exclusive ticket/event/hospitality opportunities

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You Make the Difference

VARSITY ‘S’ AND SPORT SPECIFIC GIVING The Varsity ‘S’ Club is comprised of alumni University Park varsity studentathletes, managers, mascots, cheerleaders and dance team members. Varsity ‘S’ members have the ability to give back through sport specific giving and receive Nittany Lion Club member benefits including ticket and parking privileges.

ALUMNI STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE ENGAGED BY GIVING BACK, THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND ATTENDING ALUMNI REUNIONS.

1,913

“Without your generous donation, I would not have this amazing experience to compete at Penn State and have all the friends and opportunities this school has presented me. Thank you for your generosity! Go State! ”

Natalie Schmitt Women’s Lacrosse

TOTAL NUMBER OF ALUMNI STUDENT ATHLETES WHO GAVE BACK TO A SPECIFIC SPORT

2,166

758

405 TOTAL NUMBER OF ALUMNI WHO DONATED FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FY 2016

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