Why Support Missouri State Athletics through the Bears Fund?

As a Bears fan, you can play a direct role in helping achieve success of the Bears athletics program in Division I. While the Bears teams continue to grow and excel, rewards have already been realized in the level of competition, increased fan interest and national exposure.

Through your enthusiasm and interest in supporting the efforts of those who wear the colors of maroon and white, the opportunity for continued success is much greater. For this reason, we are asking you to join the growing number of individuals who are making contributions to The Bears Fund. Your financial assistance will help improve the quality of the various programs, as well as the caliber of student-athletes who are recruited to receive a college education while representing Missouri State University!

Your Annual Seat Assessment (ASA) is an element of each Bears Fund Giving Level and your payment will be processed through the Missouri State University Foundation. The ASA may fulfill your desired Bears Fund Giving Level or an additional gift to Missouri State athletics may be needed to meet your desired giving level. You will receive all benefits at that Bears Fund Giving Level.

In addition to making a remarkable difference in the lives of our student-athletes, donors to Missouri State athletics are entitled to a number of benefits based on their annual giving and/or seat assessments. Various giving levels have been established to recognize Bears fans contributions. In the past, each donor gave an annual donation at the level of his or her choice. With the opening of JQH Arena in 2008, you can now support Missouri State athletics through your Annual Seat Assessment for men's and/or women's basketball, as well as an Annual Gift.

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Tax-Deductible Donations

All gifts through The Bears Fund, including Annual Seat Assessments, are tax deductible. Current federal income tax law allows an 80% charitable deduction of a contribution to educational institutions where, as a result of the contribution, the donor received preferred seating rights for athletic events.

Contributions that neither directly, nor indirectly, result in the receipt of preferred seating rights may be fully deductible for federal income tax purposes. If you wish to decline all benefits and receive a full tax deduction, please contact The Bears Fund Office at 417-836-4143.

Major gifts or contributions not associated with ticket priority are 100% deductible. The Bears Fund donors will receive a receipt for tax purposes upon receipt of payment.

As always, please consult your tax advisor for specific tax advice.