What is the Crimson Tide Foundation?
The Crimson Tide Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3), which serves as a the charitable arm of the University of Alabama Department of Athletics. It is administered by a volunteer Board of Directors.
How are private gifts used by the Athletic Department?
All gifts to the Crimson Tide Foundation are applied to the support of athletic excellence at the University of Alabama. Gifts may be used to establish new scholarships or add to an existing one, build or renovate athletic facilities, endow coaching positions and other special projects. All gifts are used in accordance as directed by the donor.
What is the relationship between Alabama Athletics and the Crimson Tide Foundation?
The Foundation is a non-profit entity with a volunteer Board of Directors that works with the University of Alabama Department of Athletics to serve its mission by raising private funds and providing necessary resources to achieve success.
What ever happened to the A+ Incentives Program?
The A+ Incentives Program was enormously successful. However, through the re-branding of the Crimson Tide Foundation, the name was changed from A+ to the Crimson Tide Foundation Scholarship Program and continues to be the preferred method for donors who wish to provide annual support of athletic scholarships. Based on feedback we received from our donors, the program has been improved to provide a majority of our donors with the features they asked for in a giving program, including the removal of less popular amenities and the 'quid pro quo' issues associated with giving to this fund.
How does my giving to the Crimson Tide Foundation impact my Tide Totals priority points?
Three Tide Totals priority points are awarded for every $100 given to the Crimson Tide Foundation. Gifts prior to September 1, 2012, are awarded two Tide Totals priority points for every $100 given to CTF.
Can I make a pledge of support?
Yes; gift pledges to the Crimson Tide Foundation can be paid in monthly, quarterly or even annual installments. Please contact the Crimson Tide Foundation to set up a pledge schedule.
Can I make a gift in honor or memory of someone?
Absolutely. Many donors contribute funds to honor a loved one or special individual. If you would like to make your gift in honor or memory of another person ' or if you wish to give in another's name ' just let us know the details. If a gift is made in memory of someone who has passed away, the Crimson Tide Foundation will notify their family of any gifts made in tribute. If a gift is made in honor of someone's life or career, they will be notified of any gifts unless the donor requests anonymity.
Can my gift be designated to my favorite sport?
Absolutely! The designation of your gift rests entirely in your hands. If you know the name of the department or program, simply indicate it in the memo space on your check or in the comments section of the online giving page. The Crimson Tide Foundation gift processing staff will ensure your contribution reaches the proper area. If you need guidance in designating a gift, our staff and development officers are happy to provide information about the Athletic Department's greatest needs.
To whom should checks be made payable and to what office should gifts be directed?
Checks should be made payable to Crimson Tide Foundation and mailed to Box 870343, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.
I don't want anyone to know that I have made a contribution. Is it possible to remain anonymous?
Yes, we are ethically bound to respect your wishes and we will not make your contribution known to the public if requested.
I'm not rich-far from it. Isn't it the big gifts that really matter?
Large gifts are absolutely essential to the success of UA Athletics but so are more modest ones. Donations of all sizes are vital and gratefully accepted. Every dollar the Crimson Tide Foundation receives has the potential for exponential growth. Some donors find they can achieve their charitable goals through the Foundation's many planned giving avenues, such as life insurance, property, real estate and securities, that don't require a large sum of cash-on-hand. Pledges may also help achieve your goals as a donor. Bear in mind that you may be able to double or even triple your gift by taking advantage of your employer's matching gift program.
Why does the University of Alabama, a state university, need private support?
As the Athletic Department at the University of Alabama is 100% self-supporting, all private gifts contribute directly to the needs of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. UA Athletics receives no funding from the State of Alabama. In fact, the University of Alabama Athletic Department has never received funds from the State's taxpayers. All gifts to the Crimson Tide Foundation are applied solely to the Athletic Department's needs. The Crimson Tide Foundation provides a venue through which loyal alumni, fans and friends can give financial support to the Athletic Department, while capturing all the current tax benefits allowed by the IRS. Private support enables UA Athletics to increase its standing, in both athletics and academics, over competing universities beyond what can be accomplished with annual revenue from ticket sales, media rights and other licensing agreements.
Is my gift to the Crimson Tide Foundation tax deductible?
Gifts in excess of goods or services received are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You are encouraged to consult your tax adviser and the IRS Web site.
Will my company match my gift to the Crimson Tide Foundation?
Many companies offer employees ' and sometimes spouses and retirees ' a matching-gift benefit that doubles or triples their donations to higher education. Companies have various methods by which you can submit your matching-gift request: online forms, automated phone systems or paper forms that you submit to the Crimson Tide Foundation. Please visit your human resources office to learn more about matching-gift opportunities and policies or contact the Crimson Tide Foundation for more information about matching gift companies and see if your gift qualifies.
What kind of gift would be required to provide me with a naming opportunity?
Naming opportunities range from $25,000 to $50,000,000 and are subject to the approval of the UA Board of Trustees. The Crimson Tide Foundation maintains all naming opportunities and welcomes inquiries from those interested in learning more.
Is there someone with whom I can discuss my interest in giving to the Crimson Tide Foundation?
The staff of the Crimson Tide Foundation is knowledgeable, discreet and happy to assist you in any way possible. In addition, our development officers work closely with donors to help them achieve their philanthropic goals. For more information about giving opportunities, call the Crimson Tide Foundation's main office at (205) 348-9727.
Can you help me get an autograph of my favorite Alabama coach or player(s)?
Please see the Alabama Department of Athletics official football memorabilia, autographs and charitable requests policy located here.