Spartan Fund

How to Give

Tax Legislation and Athletic Seating

Effective January 1, 2018, payments associated with Scholarship Seating (Zones A-F) and/or Premium Seating (Huntington Club, Huntington Club Suites, and Sideline Club) are no longer tax-deductible (Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, 2017).

Give Online

Establish a “Go Green account” to make a gift, view your Spartan Points, and your entire giving history to MSU Athletics!

Give by Phone

By calling (517) 432-4610, a Spartan Fund representative will be happy to assist you in making your contribution over the phone. Please note only credit card payments may be made using this option.

Give by Mail or Fax

Individuals wishing to mail or fax a donation may print this gift form (.PDF) and fax it to (517) 432-6219 or mail the form to:
Spartan Fund
550 S. Harrison Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48823

When writing a check, please make check payable to “Spartan Fund.”

Gifts of Securities

Stocks, bonds, mutual funds, etc., are accepted.  When you are ready to electronically transfer stock give your broker the following information about our preferred broker:

Wells Fargo Advisors
MSU’s account number 5493-4797
Name on Account: Michigan State University Board of Trustees
DTC #: 0141

MSU’s Federal ID#: 38-6005984

For further instructions on how to transfer gifts of securities, please contact the Spartan Fund at 517-432-4610

Matching Gifts

Check with your employer to determine if your donation to MSU Athletics is eligible for a matching gift!  Matching gifts not only provide additional resources but can also serve as a vehicle for you to increase your donor priority! If your company will match gifts to MSU Athletics, please enclose your company’s form with your contribution.

PLEASE NOTE:  Matching gifts may not be utilized to fulfill any seating requirements and/or be a part of a fulfillment to a pledge

Planned/Estate Giving

Wishing to leave a legacy with MSU Athletics while planning for the future?  Gifts in the form of life income gifts (Charitable Remainder Trust, Charitable Gift Annuity), charitable lead trusts, and/or bequests are common ways to state your intentions of leaving a future gift to MSU Athletics – all while receiving substantial income, estate, and gift tax benefits now!

For more information, please see our Planned Giving information.


Donated services or items (food and beverage, athletic equipment, printing, and air travel, etc.) that would normally be purchased by the MSU Athletics Department are considered gifts-in-kind, and are always appreciated. Subject to university approval and IRS regulations, the value of the contribution is credited to your name.

Tax Receipt

Individuals who make a contribution to MSU Athletics will have their gift processed and tax receipt issued by Michigan State University.  Contributions are deductible to the extent allowed by law. Please consult your tax advisor(s) to determine the deductibility of your contributions to MSU Athletics.


Federal law prohibits charitable distributions from either a donor advised fund or private foundation when goods or services that may be considered more than incidental, including premium seats, are obtained by the donor in exchange for the gift.  Therefore, the Spartan Fund cannot accept seat-related gifts from either a donor advised fund or private foundations and will return such gift if received.  Please contact University Advancement at 517-884-1000 for additional information or assistance.

IRA qualified CHARITABLE distribution – Ages 70 1/2 or older

Donors aged 70 1/2 or older may move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income tax on their distribution.

For more information, please click here


By making a philanthropic gift to MSU Athletics, the donor understands that charitable donations are not refundable.