ways to support
The priority seating programs for football, men’s basketball, and baseball generate approximately $20 million in revenue annually to support the success of Ole Miss student athletes.
Your support of Ole Miss Athletics through ticket purchases and priority seating donations make a huge difference in the lives of Ole Miss student athletes!
The Annual Fund of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation is made up of over 15,000 members.
Membership in the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation consists of contributions to priority seating funds, plus general membership and above & beyond annual giving. There are 9 levels of membership, starting at $50.
The Vaught Society serves as the leadership fundraising catalyst under the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation in support of Ole Miss Athletics and its quest for conference and national championships. Membership in the Vaught Society starts at $25,000 ( to be paid over 5 years).
Vaught Society members provide crucial support in elevating Ole Miss Athletics to nationally competitive levels on an annual basis by providing the resources for world-class facilities, coaches, and scholarship support.
IMPACT By Ironwood
IMPACT by Ironwood is a proud partner of the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. Ironwood is a diverse, national credit card and payments processing company specializing in partnerships with banks, eCommerce providers, universities, non-profit and for-profit corporations.
If your business accepts debit and credit cards, you can support Ole Miss Academic Scholarships and Athletics by processing your payments through IMPACT by Ironwood. Every time a customer pays with a debit or credit card, IMPACT gives a portion of its processing revenue to support Ole Miss Academic Scholarships and Athletics.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act may affect your the tax deductibility of your donations to the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. Previously, Internal Revenue Code section 170(1) allowed for an 80% charitable deduction for donations given resulting in a right to purchase seating in athletic venues. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has eliminated this charitable deduction, effective January 1, 2018. Donations made for seating by December 31, 2017 follow the former tax law in place and receive charitable contribution credit for tax deduction purposes. Although the allowance for deductibility changed in 2018, the priority seating programs in our venues and the per-seat donation amounts will remain continue.
Donations to the Annual Fund above and beyond the priority seating amounts will continue to be treated as 90% charitable, as these are not tied to your seating purchases. Other gifts may be up to 100% tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for determining your proper charitable deduction.
Other Fundraising Initiatives
Ole Miss Athletics is constantly evaluating and planning ways to improve the student athlete experience at Ole Miss.
That frequently involves facility updates and renovations, and donor support is essential to keep Ole Miss facilities in the top tier in the SEC and NCAA.
Sport Specific Giving
Each sport has an account within the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation into which donations can be received and used at the head coach’s discretion. These contributions may not be applied to priority seating requirements for any sport. These contributions are not applied to your annual giving level within the Ole Miss Athletics Foundation. Each sport may have their own giving club and stewardship program. Please note: men’s & women’s tennis share a restricted account. Men’s and women’s cross country and track & field share a restricted account.