Anyone can, and is encouraged to, support one of our 25 sport programs directly and can do that in a variety of ways. See the "Ways to Give" portion of this site for a summary of giving options, including via check, credit card, and/or stock transfer.
Yes! Gifts made to specific sport programs will fully and directly benefit the sport program they are directed to, without exception. Each year, we rely on a specific amount of private gift support to fully operate each and every sport program. When funds donated exceed the annual goal for that program, funds donated above that goal become discretionary for our coaches to use towards incremental program enhancements. By giving to a specific sport, you are helping provide resources that allow them to operate at a competitive level.
Team Aggie is the umbrella term for all donors to UC Davis Athletics, regardless of the specific designation of their support. Therefore, anyone who donates to any area of UC Davis Athletics will become a Team Aggie member. The Team Aggie Athletics Fund is a specific fund under the Team Aggie umbrella (alongside our sport programs). This fund provides discretionary resources to the Athletics Director for areas of greatest need.
Yes. In previous years, donations made to programs outside of the Team Aggie Athletics Fund did not qualify donors for the special benefits of being a Team Aggie member. Now, donors to any area of Athletics can benefit from all non-ticket related perks of Team Aggie membership, such as: pregame and halftime events, special parking privileges, and exclusive athletics department communication. Ticket benefits (season tickets in premium seating areas) do require an accompanying Team Aggie Athletics Fund donation for football and men's basketball.
The Team Aggie Athletics Fund. All football season ticket holders who sit in sections 121, 122, or 123, and all men's basketball season ticket holders who sit in sections 109, 110, 111, or courtside are asked to give a minimum $300 Team Aggie Athletics Fund contribution. These important gifts help provide our department valuable resources and also give access to the best seats alongside other Aggie faithful.
Team Aggie membership benefits are determined by the total annual giving support by an individual (or household) during the calendar year (January-December). For example, for football game related benefits, a donor's total giving between January 1 and the start of the football season will determine their particular level of benefits.
For sports that have already established a large base of donors, we are creating specific booster clubs to further grow support. Giving to a specific booster club will earn the donor additional perks for that sport in addition to their Team Aggie membership benefits. Donors can still give (and are encouraged to do so) to teams without a formal booster club.
As donor support increases for all of our sports, we will introduce new booster clubs. In this first year, however, we plan to introduce clubs for seven program funds (football, men's basketball, women's basketball, baseball, men's water polo, women's water polo, and women's swimming/diving) so we can appropriately steward our donors.
The following is not intended as tax advice and donors should always consult their tax advisor with inquires on the deductibility of charitable donations.
Due to recent changes in the tax law that went into effect on January 1, 2018, donations to the Team Aggie Athletics Fund will no longer be 80% tax deductible when the gift results in the right to purchase football or basketball season tickets. All other donations will remain deductible as allowable by law.
What does this mean for you?
If you are a donor with season tickets in Team Aggie Sections of Aggie Stadium or The Pavilion, you will be asked to make a $300 donation to qualify for those seats with your season ticket renewal. Starting in 2018, that $300 will no longer be 80% tax deductible, as it has been in years prior. Any donation amount above and beyond the $300 to the Team Aggie Athletics Fund or any other designation within UC Davis Athletics will remain tax deductible as allowable by law.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Team Aggie staff at (530) 754-7548