Frequently Asked Questions
Established in 1954, the Varsity Club serves as the development arm of the IU Athletic Department, leading fundraising efforts for annual student-athlete scholarship support, endowment support and capital projects.
Why is the Varsity Club important?
IU currently has over 617 student athletes in 24 varsity sports representing the university academically and athletically. The financial support provided by Varsity Club donors allows us to offer athletic scholarships to the most talented student-athletes and maintain top-notch athletic facilities. With the help generous donors, the Varsity Club is ensuring our legacy continues for the next generation of student-athletes.
Who can join the Varsity Club?
Anyone interested in supporting student-athletes at IU may join the Varsity Club. Many of our donors attended IU, but you don't need to be an Indiana University alumnus or letter winner to show your support - we welcome all IU fans. To join the Varsity Club today, simply donate online now or contact us to make a pledge (812-855-0866 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
How many members are there in the Varsity Club?
There are over 6,500 active Varsity Club members.
Does my gift make a difference?
When you contribute to the Annual Campaign for Student-Athletes, your donation goes to support scholarship opportunities for IU student-athletes. Every gift, no matter the amount, brings us closer to meeting the total scholarship costs for our dedicated IU student-athletes.
Your gift gives a start to student-athletes who will lead first in athletic competition, then in their careers and communities. Send in your pledge card or make a donation today to give tomorrow's athletes the opportunities today to live their dreams.
Is my gift to the Varsity Club tax-deductible?
Yes. The Indiana University Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Therefore, gifts are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Gifts to the Varsity Club are eligible for the Indiana College Credit (CC-40) for those who file taxes in Indiana. See our Donor Benefits that may need to be reduced from your gift amount. Receipts are issued for all gifts by the Indiana University Foundation.
What are the Varsity Club annual giving fund levels?
The Varsity Club has eight giving campaign levels based on annual giving amounts. Donor benefits, such as premium seat location and parking, recognition in publications and invitations to exclusive events, increase with level of support.
Does the Varsity Club have a matching gift program?
Matching gifts allow you to double or even triple your contribution to the Varsity Club. More than 1,000 companies offer matching gift programs. Please check with your employer or visit the IU Foundation's matching gift site to find out whether your company matches gifts.
What is the athletic endowment?
The Glaubinger Athletic Endowment was established to serve as a permanent source of funds for athletic scholarships. Endowment principal is never spent; a percentage of the accrued interest is used annually for scholarships. A named scholarship in IU Athletics is $100,000 and an endowed scholarship is $250,000. Learn more. Gifts to the Glaubinger Athletic Endowment are also eligible for Priority Points.
What is the difference between annual giving fund and the athletic endowment fund?
Annual giving represents funds given by Varsity Club donors each year. These donations are categorized into giving levels such as Hoosier Hundred, Big Red, etc. Annual giving funds along with income earned on the Glaubinger Athletic Endowment are used to pay the scholarship bill each year.
The Priority Point Policy is the guideline used for the assignment of tickets and seating available for Indiana University football and men's basketball games. It was designed to ensure proper and equitable consideration for the loyalty and financial support of thousands of IU fans wishing to attend athletic events.
The point system takes into consideration many factors, including longevity as a donor and season ticketholder as well as level of financial support to the Varsity Club and other areas of IU. View the priority point policy.
How do I know how many priority points I have?
You can calculate your point total by viewing our priority point policy. Point accumulation totals are also tallied twice a year based on the renewal deadlines for football and basketball season tickets. For football, the deadline is typically set around March 15 of each year. For basketball, the deadline is around June 30 of each year. Varsity Club donors receive an updated point total letter twice a year shortly after the priority point deadlines.
Members can contact the Varsity Club at any time to discuss priority points, (812) 855-0866 or email@example.com.
What premium seating options are available?
The Varsity Club is pleased to offer the best seats for all the action on Hoosier game days:
In 2009, the new North End Zone Facility was added to Memorial Stadium featuring 415 outdoor club seats with access inside the Hall of Champions for catered food and beverages. This area is available for corporate and group events in the Hall of Champions with game day seating in the North End Zone seating bowl. For more information on corporate and tailgating events, please call IU Athletics Marketing at (812) 856-0145.
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