The Rocket Fund

The Rocket Fund is the Athletic Department’s official annual giving program. The Rocket Fund generates needed funds to assist our student-athletes and their sport programs here at UT. This support helps fund scholarships, academic assistance, equipment needs and many other items for 327 student-athletes in 16 varsity sports.

Gifts to the Rocket Fund may be designated for one of the three areas: 1) scholarship aid – for all student-athletes, 2) program operations – for a particular team, 3) unrestricted – for those needs determined to be most important by the Athletic Department.
Benefits and privileges such as premium parking and priority
seating assistance are provided at levels of support of $100 or more annually.

How to Support
As a contributor to The Rocket Fund, you’ll receive the satisfaction of helping support our student-athletes as they take their education and skills to the next level.

You have a choice of several membership opportunities within The Rocket Fund. The level of support at which you feel most comfortable may be the newly created "Directors Circle" at a minimum of $5,000 annually, the newly created "Coaches Division" at a minimum of $2,500 annually, the "Executive Division" at a minimum of $1,000 annually, the "Gold Division" at a minimum of $500 annually, the "Blue Division" at a minimum of $300 annually, or the "Century Division" at a minimum of $100 annually.

Privileges and benefits, including priority seating assistance and parking passes increase with the level of support.

Gifts may be in the form of cash, credit card payment (including monthly/installment credit card payments), stock transfer, payroll deduction (UT employees only) and under special circumstances, equipment, supplies, or other in-kind gifts.

Matching gifts:
Many companies and corporations will match their employees’ contributions to The Rocket Fund. If your company has a matching gift program, you can double or even triple the value of your gift to The Rocket Fund. Please consult the benefits office at your place of employment for information and/or matching gift forms. Please note: in order to qualify for recognition in a specific division, the matching gift and the personal gift must be for the benefit of the athletic department.

Tax Information:
All gifts to The Rocket Fund are received by The University of Toledo Foundation. The Foundation is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit corporation. All gifts are tax-deductible with the exception of the fair market value of any benefits (parking) received. You will receive an official gift receipt, along with a letter explaining these rules. In addition, under section 170 (m) of the Internal Revenue Code, eighty percent (80%) of an amount paid to an institution of higher education is eligible for treatment as a charitable contribution if, as a result of the contribution, the donor receives the right to purchase priority season tickets for athletic events.

Outright gifts with no ticket purchase attached are fully deductible less the fair market value of any benefits, as mentioned above. Please indicate on the application if you wish to purchase (or currently purchase) priority season tickets and if you wish to receive parking passes. Consult with your tax advisor concerning the deductibility of your contributions to The Rocket Fund.

Unrestricted gifts:
You can designate your gift as you desire. Gifts may be used for scholarship aid or for a specific team’s operations, however, we strongly encourage unrestricted contributions. Unrestricted contributions help meet the needs that are most critical to the athletic department.

Giving Levels Benefits and Privileges:
All gifts to The Rocket Fund are eligible for the following benefits
Click here for a printable version of the Rocket Fund Pledge Form.

Click here to make your gift or pledge online. NOTE: Be sure to indicate your gift or pledge will support the “Rocket Fund” (section 2).

Under “Specific Requests,” please indicate your desire to receive benefits such as parking passes and/or assistance with premium seating for football and/or basketball.

 

For a PDF of the Rocket Fund Brochure, please click here.


For more information concerning Rocket Fund Contact:


For More Information:
Dave Nottke,
Associate Athletic Director for Development
419-530-2510
 
For More Information:
Josh Dittman,
Development Specialist
419-530-4183