Q. What is the Islander Athletic Fund?
A. The Islander Athletic Fund (IAF) is the official fundraising organization of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Athletics. Gifts to the IAF support the scholarships and overall experience for the student-athletes who compete in our 16 NCAA Division I sports on the Island. Annual donations are directly applied towards student-athlete scholarships and sport operating budgets, and help strengthen our goal of winning championships with integrity.
Q. Why is a donation to the IAF so important to Islanders Athletics?
A. The costs of operating a Division I athletics program continue to rise. Though we are a state university, we are unable to use State of Texas funding for our athletics program. Community support is vital to helping us complete our mission of developing and preparing student-athletes for lifelong success. Your gift to the IAF powers the spirit of every diploma and every championship banner, and your impact carries on for generations.
Q. Are contributions to the IAF tax deductible?
A. Yes, with restrictions. According to IRS regulations, the tax deductible amount of a donation is reduced by the cost of any tangible benefits received by the donor. Donations to the IAF that provide preferential seating rights for athletic events are 80% tax deductible per Federal tax law. Gifts to the IAF that do not provide preferential seating rights or other benefits may be fully deductible. Please consult your tax professional as to how the rules apply to your circumstances and the allowable deduction.
Q. What is the IAF annual membership year?
A. The IAF operates on a fiscal year calendar, in line with the University calendar. Therefore, IAF memberships begin September 1 and end August 31 of the following year. Donors who make a gift during this timeframe will receive benefits at the respective gift level through August 31, unless the gift is being made as a renewal gift for the next IAF membership year.
Q. How does my IAF gift apply to preferred basketball season ticket locations at the American Bank Center?
A. Combo or Men’s Basketball Only season tickets in the Floor section require a $500 per-seat IAF scholarship fund donation. Combo or Men’s Basketball Only season tickets in the Baseline section require a $250 per-seat IAF scholarship fund donation. Women’s Basketball Only season tickets in the Floor section require a $250 per-seat IAF scholarship fund donation. Women’s Basketball Only season tickets in the Baseline section require a $125 per-seat IAF scholarship fund donation.
Q. How does my IAF gift apply to basketball season hospitality and suite benefits?
A. IAF donors at the Islander level and above qualify for basketball season hospitality benefits, and will receive one hospitality pass for each basketball season ticket purchased. IAF donors at the Director level and above qualify for basketball VIP suite hospitality benefits (minimum IAF scholarship fund gift of $5,000 required), and will receive the use of a suite at one (1) home basketball game. Basketball season parking passes are now included with each basketball season ticket package.
Q. Where can I find the IAF basketball season hospitality area at the American Bank Center and the Dugan Wellness Center, and which donor levels receive access?
A. The IAF season hospitality area at the American Bank Center is located in the Imperial Club Lounge. The season hospitality area at the Dugan Wellness Center on campus is located in a reserved corner of the gym, next to the court. IAF donors at the Islander level and above will receive one hospitality pass for each basketball season ticket purchased.
Q. Can I support a specific sport within the IAF and receive IAF donor benefits?
A. Yes, gifts that are designated for specific sport programs to help enhance their operating budgets will offer IAF donor benefits at the respective gift level. For example, a donor who gives $500 to the IAF scholarship fund and $500 to a sport excellence fund would be recognized as an IAF Islander level ($1,000) donor and would receive Islander level donor benefits. For a complete list of sport-specific funding initiatives, please visit the Sport Excellence Funds webpage.
Q. What is the current cost of a full athletic scholarship at TAMU-CC?
A. The current cost is $19,533. Your gift to the IAF scholarship fund is directly applied towards this expense, as our ultimate goal is to fully fund all scholarships awarded to Islander student-athletes.
Q. What are some examples of how my IAF scholarship fund gift makes an impact?
A. $500 provides for one semester of books
$1,250 provides tuition & fees for a 3-hour course
$3,600 provides a meal plan for a full academic year
$6,500 provides housing for a full academic year
$10,000 would establish a scholarship endowment
Q. What are some of the events hosted by the IAF during the year?
A. The IAF hosts a number of events throughout the academic year for our members. Examples include the Monthly Luncheon Series, Golf Tournament, Casino Night, and tailgates at home sporting events.
Q. What is the IAF Courtesy Car Program?
A. The IAF Courtesy Car Program is a unique opportunity for Coastal Bend automobile dealers to support Islanders Athletics. The car program provides Islander coaches and staff members with much-needed transportation for recruiting, promotional appearances and special events, and offers special benefits and recognition to participating dealers. Please contact the IAF office for more information.
Q. What is the Islanders Winner’s Circle?
A. The Winner’s Circle is a group of supporters who are committed to helping Islanders Athletics become the class of the Southland Conference. Membership requires a minimum $10,000 annual gift to a Sport Excellence Fund and includes special benefits from the respective sport program.
Q. What is the IAF Recent Alumni Program?
A. The IAF Recent Alumni Program offers a 100% soft credit match towards an IAF gift for the first five (5) years post-graduation from the Island University. For example, a Recent Alumnus who donates $50 to the IAF would receive a $50 soft credit, and would receive IAF Century level ($100) donor benefits.
Q. How do I make a gift to the IAF?
A. There are a number of ways to make a gift to the IAF. The IAF accepts cash donations, gifts of investment (stocks, real property or tangible personal assets), gifts in kind, company matching gifts, and planned or deferred gifts. Islander employees can also choose to set up a monthly payroll deduction.
For more information, please contact the Islander Athletic Fund office at 361-825-3237.