Priority Seating

Thank you for your interest in supporting one of the Priority Seating Funds of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. Our coaches, staff, and most importantly our student-athletes are grateful for your continued support.

Click here for the 2018-19 Annual Fund Handbook & priority seating information.

Information on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

The recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect part of your donations for the 2018-19 year. Previously, Internal Revenue Code section 170(l) allowed for an 80% charitable deduction for donations given resulting in a right to purchase seating in athletic venues. The new tax bill has eliminated this charitable deduction. This change is effective January 1, 2018. Donations made for seating before December 31, 2017 follow the previously effective tax law in place and receive charitable contribution credit for tax deduction purposes. Although the allowance for deductibility has changed in 2018, the priority seating programs in our venues and the per-seat donation amounts will remain consistent for the 2018-2019 sports year.

Donations to the Annual Fund above and beyond the priority seating amounts will continue to be treated as 80% charitable, as these are not tied to your seating purchases.

Please find some frequently asked questions below. We will continue to update this site and communicate with you as we get more information.

  • Frequently Asked Questions

    How will Priority Seating Donations be affected this year?
    Priority Seating Donations will no longer be 80% tax deductible, effective January 1, 2018.

    Will the Priority Seating Donation still be required?
    Priority Seating Donations will still be required for all football, basketball, and baseball season ticket holders who have seats in sections that require per-seat donation.

    Will I still receive priority points for my Priority Seating Donation?
    It is our current understanding that Priority Seating Donations will still accrue priority points (1 point per $100 contributed).

    If Priority Seating Donations are no longer be tax deductible, why are they not being removed/reduced?
    Priority Seating Donations provide the resources necessary to the athletics department to address the academic, career development, and athletic needs of nearly 400 student-athletes. Approximately 18% of the Ole Miss Athletics annual budget is funded through private donations, which includes the Priority Seating Donations.

    What if I have already paid my Priority Seating Donation for the 2018-19 membership year? Will it be tax deductible?
    The tax reform changes impact seat donations made beginning on January 1, 2018. Donations made in 2017 are not impacted.

Ole Miss Athletics Foundation Priority Seating Staff

The Ole Miss Athletics Foundation annual giving staff would like to make your membership as enjoyable as possible. We would be happy to meet with you or discuss over the phone any questions you may have. Your phone calls, emails, or office visits are always welcomed.

2015-2016 Men's Basketball Photo by Joshua McCoy/Ole Miss Athletics
Stu Sutton
Associate Director of Development
ssutton@olemiss.edu
Anne Threlkeld
Associate Director of Development
act@olemiss.edu
JJ Eftink
Assistant Director of Development
jjeftink@olemiss.edu
Brady Bramlett
Assistant Director of Development
bradyb@olemiss.edu
Hailey Gilleland
Assistant Director of Development
hgillela@olemiss.edu
Da’Ron Brown
Development Assistant
dbrown8@olemiss.edu