How to Support the Bears

Outright gifts

Gifts to The Bears Fund are recorded and acknowledged through the Missouri State University Foundation. Gifts to the athletics program typically are cash gifts, but contributions of personal property, goods or services, real estate or appreciated securities can mean substantial support for Missouri State.

Bequests and life income trusts

You can qualify now for high levels of recognition within the Missouri State University Foundation by making the Foundation a beneficiary in your will or by setting up a life income trust through the Foundation. Both of these methods of making substantial gifts to athletics may provide significant income and estate tax savings.

Honorary and memorial gifts

Honorary and memorial gifts are a fitting way to pay tribute to someone's life and accomplishments while strengthening the Missouri State athletics program. Several scholarship funds have been endowed to perpetuate an individual's name.


Gifts of goods or services can be of great financial assistance by reducing expenses of the Missouri State athletics department, while offering the donor a tax deduction for the fair market value of the gift. Please contact The Bears Fund for permissible gift-in-kind opportunities.

Matching gifts

The Missouri State University Foundation has a helpful online resource for determining if you or your spouse works for one of the 8,800 corporations and businesses that match private gifts from employees to educational institutions. These organizations recognize the need and provide support for higher education through individual matching gift programs. Each company has different deadlines, requirements and instructions but the benefit to Missouri State can be great. It is your responsibility to follow your company's specific guidelines but just remember any corporate match will be added to your gift credit for gift club recognition.

Gifts are often matched at a dollar-for-dollar rate; however, some companies offer programs which match at double, triple and in some cases quadruple, the rate of the employee contribution. Directors, retirees and spouses of employees may also be eligible for a match.

Matching Gift Companies

To find out if your company is a matching gift company, visit and search the database of over 8,800 matching gift companies.

If your employer is found, specific instructions are provided and some companies have downloadable forms. If you do not find your company or detailed instructions, simply contact your human resource office for more information and the proper forms. Mail your completed forms in with your gift to the Missouri State University Foundation. If you have any questions regarding matching gifts, please contact the Missouri State University Foundation at 417-836-4143.

Endowments & Scholarships

Each and every year, the generosity exhibited by donors provides long-term stability for the scholarship and programmatic needs of Missouri State University student-athletes through various contributions.  Although Athletics receives a portion of its operating funds from the University, private contributions are needed to offset the growing demands of competing at a higher level.  As Bears fans, you can play a direct role in helping achieve future success for the total Bears athletic program in Division 1.  While the Bears teams continue to grow and excel, rewards have already been realized in terms of improved level of competition, increased fan interest and national exposure.

Below are links to the Endowments & Scholarships for Missouri State University athletics.  They are categorized based on type, gender, and sport.

Support your Sport!

Donating through a seat assessment is not the only way that you can support your favorite team(s)! Bears fans may also make a contribution to support the sport of their choice while enjoying a close friendship and affiliation with that program. Your gift will be deposited directly into the sports' Restricted Foundation account for use at the coach's discretion. Please designate the sport(s) of your choice on the enclosed pledge card. Your gift can be fully tax deductible.

BAY Program

The Bears Assisting Youth (BAY) program provides opportunities for the Ozarks area youth and community groups to attend Missouri State athletics events free of charge. The BAY program is supported entirely by the charitable efforts of private donors and corporate sponsors.

To participate in the BAY program and for more information, visit the BAY Program page.