Duck fans and friends donate to Oregon Athletics for different reasons. Some make gifts because they value supporting student-athletes and feel a duty and desire to provide a great academic and athletic experience. Others appreciate the opportunity to strengthen their relationship with the athletic department. others love the Ducks and want to see Oregon teams compete on the national stage! Finally, Ducks make donations to increase priority points, access and donor perks.
Private giving amounts to approximately one-quarter of the revenue generated to provide an extraordinary student-athlete experience, to recruit the best coaches and student-athletes, and to prepare young men and women for success in competition, in the classroom and in life. The athletic department is among approximately 20 athletic departments around the country that is financially self-sustaining, meaning the University of Oregon does not fund any athletic department expenditures. Oregon Athletics is financially stable because generations of Ducks have invested in student-athletes and the athletic department. The athletic department is able to continue its tradition of excellence and to provide more opportunities, not only because of past gifts but because of new ones. A gift to Oregon Athletics supports the people and programs that enrich the Eugene community, state of Oregon, and beyond.
All gifts of all sizes make a huge impact! The most rewarding transactions happen when donors feel fulfilled by their philanthropy and passionate about the impact. One of the most powerful ways to support the academic and athletic success of the Ducks is to make a gift to the Duck Athletic Fund or Women In Flight, both unrestricted funds which provide much-needed and flexible funding for student-athlete scholarships; tutoring and other academic support; leading-edge technology and conditioning equipment, leadership and mentoring programs, study-abroad opportunities, internships and other learning experiences, recruitment of the nation’s best coaches, and much more.
2018 Tax Reform Information
Gifts in support of Oregon Athletics play a vital role in impacting the lives of over 450 student-athletes. Contributions fund the costs of student-athlete scholarships and related student expenses allowing the University of Oregon to provide one of the best student-athlete experiences in the country. With recent changes in our country’s tax laws and policies, we encourage you to consult a tax adviser regarding all contributions in order to understand how these changes could affect you. The University of Oregon Foundation will issue formal charitable contribution receipts soon after the end of the calendar year in accordance with the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and IRS Publication 1771 Disclaimer: The following information is not intended to constitute legal advice or other tax counsel and may not be relied on as such. Please consult a personal tax adviser concerning the deductibility of any contribution.
More than 7,500 companies nationwide (including, in many cases, those of retirees or spouses) will match employees’ gifts to Oregon Athletics. Matching gifts count towards donors’ contributions and lifetime calculation for priority points. To find out if your employer will match your gift, contact your human resources department or go to www.matchinggifts.com/uoregon. Once you have the matching gift form from your company, please mail it with your gift to the Duck Athletic Fund. We’ll handle the rest!
- Call the Duck Athletic Fund at 541.346.5433
- Online at duckathleticfund.com
- Mail a check to:
Attn: Duck Athletic Fund
2727 Leo Harris Parkway
Eugene, OR 97401
- Stock gifts
Assets such as securities, stocks and bonds can be transferred to the UO Foundation to benefit Oregon Athletics. For instructions on how to transfer securities, or if you need more information, please contact Tami Calkin in the UO Foundation Compliance Department at 541-302-0288.
- Deferred giving
To continue supporting student-athletes in the years to come, donors can include Oregon Athletics in their estate plan. The Duck Athletic Fund and Office of Gift Planning can assist donors in planning their will including providing bequest language to be sure the gift will be used to the donors’ intent. The Office of Gift Planning is ready to answer any questions and can be accessed at 800-289-2354 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Len Casanova Society was established as an affiliate of, and complement to, the Arnold Bennett Hall Legacy Society. It honors those with the foresight, ability and willingness to support future University of Oregon student-athletes in their individual estate plan.
- Life-Income gifts
By funding a life-income gift, donors can receive payments for life and an income tax charitable deduction. If donors use appreciated assets to fund gifts, donors can also reduce capital gains taxes. Two of the most common life-income gifts are charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts. In exchange for a gift of cash or stock, donors receive fixed payments for life. Payout rates are based on age at the time of the gift – older the donor, higher the rate.
The Duck Athletic Fund priority point system rewards donors for their generous support of Oregon Athletics. Donor points are active only when donors make gifts in the current year.
1 point per $10 – current year unrestricted Pledges
1 point per $100 – lifetime athletic donations and restricted gifts
1 point per $500 – deferred pledges
1 point per consecutive year of season ticket purchases
(only active if account also makes a gift in the current year)
Points are calculated four times per year:
- February 28
- June 1
- October 26
- December 31
Season ticket holders who are also Duck donors in the current year will have access to priority points based on years of purchase and the priority point system. A minimum gift of $50 will trigger priority points to be active in an account. Priority ranking can help determine the location of football and men’s basketball seats, parking and other benefits.
Yes, the University of Oregon Foundation will send you a receipt for your contribution for the entire year after the calendar year has ended.
Your credit card is charged immediately upon finalizing your gift on the site.
For more information about the Duck Athletic Fund, please contact the DAF team at email@example.com or 541-346-5433.