- Apr 21, 2009
This is from one of the original e-mails sent out by the athletic department:This is totally incorrect and also different from your NC State post below. This is not a fee. It is a donation that allows you to get seats, any seat that is available as a season ticket. There is no contract for how long you keep that seat as they could rewear every year if they wanted. In a way it’s similar to how Raf works. You donate more and you get to hang out in the commonwealth club but that is not seen as an added fee just a perk. Being able to get tickets in this case is a perk. The only difference is that the government has forced donations for this one perk to not have the added benefit for the donor of being able to save on taxes. It is and always will be tax exempt for vcu.
- Initial donations for Capital Campaign members for the 2020-21 season required a $250.00 per ticket donation and a philanthropic gift at the Black and Gold level ($1,000-$1,499) to maintain seating (Example: 4 Tickets @ $250 + $1,000 = $2,000 total giving)
Definition of donation
: the act or an instance of donating: such as
a: the making of a gift especially to a charity or public institution
b: a free contribution : GIFT
In no way is a "required donation" a "free contribution". And once again, it is non tax deductible. It is being distinguished separately from a "philanthropic gift" for a reason. And for the record, your "philanthropic gift" allows you to hang out in the Commonwealth Room, not a "required $250.00 per ticket donation".
One other note. With the changes to the tax filing laws, which were changed to make filing taxes easier, how many season ticket holders are filing itemized returns? Many can't claim the deduction to start with and now their are also being hit with an additional "required $250.00 per seat donation". This may help the large donors, but it's not going to help probably 50% of the season ticket holders.