Spartan Points reward the longevity of athletic season ticket holders and the generosity of Michigan State University donors to determine priority for athletic-related opportunities.
Annual opportunities, such as seating at bowl games and post-season tournaments, as well as home game parking, will first prioritize Spartan Fund annual donor level and then Spartan Points as a tiebreaker within the donor level. Periodic opportunities, such as the men’s basketball seat adjustment, will be based on cumulative Spartan Points total only.
Factors Determining Spartan Points
|Consecutive Years as a Season Ticket Holder||3 points per year, per sport|
|Consecutive Years as a Spartan Fund Member||2 points per year|
|Lifetime Giving to Athletics**||1 point per $100|
|Athlos Society Membership||2.5 or 3.0 points per $100 for philanthropic athletic designations (dependent on level)|
|Lifetime Giving to University||1 point per $1000|
|Irrevocable Planned Gift to Athletics||1 point per $1000 (based on allowable charitable deduction)|
*We strongly encourage you to consult your tax advisor(s) to determine the deductibility of all gifts you make to or for the benefit of MSU, including, without limitation, those gifts that are included in the determination of your Spartan Points.
**Includes the amount of seat premiums. Effective January 1, 2018, seat premiums are no longer tax deductible.
Understanding Your Spartan Points
Consecutive Years as a Season Ticket Holder:
Three (3) points will be awarded for each consecutive year of season ticket purchase in your name for men’s basketball, football, ice hockey, women’s basketball, and volleyball. Years of purchase will be determined based upon data available through the Spartan Ticket Office. If a year of purchasing season tickets is skipped, your consecutive years as a season ticket holder will drop to zero (0). If re-purchased in a later year, your consecutive years as a season ticket holder would begin back at one (1). The purchase of “Go Green” Cards or student season tickets will not count toward season ticket purchase.
Consecutive Years as a Spartan Fund member:
Two (2) points will be awarded for each year of consecutive membership to the Spartan Fund (formerly the Ralph Young Fund). If a year of donating is skipped, your consecutive years as a Spartan Fund member drops to zero (0). If re-joining in a later year, your consecutive years as a Spartan Fund member would begin back at one (1) when you rejoin.
Lifetime Giving to Athletics:
One (1) point will be awarded for each $100 gift made to MSU Athletics (Spartan Fund), including the amount of seat premiums (effective January 1, 2018, seat premiums are no longer tax deductible). Please consult your tax advisor(s) for details.
Athlos Society Membership:
The Athlos Society is Michigan State Athletics’ leadership giving society, recognizing Spartan Fund donors making philanthropic commitments of $50,000 or more (separate from seat premiums; gifted over 5 years).
- 3 points per $100 gifted will be awarded to Athlos Society members at or above $250,000 commitment level;
- 2.5 points per $100 gifted will be awarded to Athlos Society members with commitments between $50,000 and $249,999.99
Lifetime Giving to University:
One (1) point will be awarded for each $1,000 gift made to the university (excluding athletic gifts).
Irrevocable Planned Gift to Athletics:
One (1) point will be awarded for each $1,000 of the charitable deduction allowed as a result of a charitable gift annuity (CGA) or a charitable remainder trust (CRT). Contact the Spartan Fund to discuss and document your charitable remainder trust so you may determine your available points.