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As a club sport at the University of Georgia, the team receives minimal financial assistance, and relies on a combination of player dues and fundraising efforts for simple operational expenses. The club also shares field space with other club sports, and is at the mercy of the University for use of these facilities.
One of the primary goals of the UGA Rugby Alumni Association is to support the UGA Rugby team's success through financial support.
We have established multiple fundraising options, all which are listed below, to provide our supporters with options that fit their desired impact. Please feel free to decide which options(s) you would like to contribute to, and THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
Option 1) UGA Rugby Alumni Association Fund
To facilitate strategic goals which may require larger capital investments, the UGARAA has set up its own legal entity. The RUGBY ALUMNI ASSOCIATION OF UGA, INC. is a non-profit public charity with TAX-EXEMPT status, under Section 509(a)(2) of the IRS code, which means DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE! In compliance with IRS disclosure regulations, here is a link to our Form 1023 (exempt status application).
Donations to this registered corporation are 100% controlled by the UGA Rugby Alumni Board of Directors, and can be allocated for immediate use or for long-term goals. These may include a dedicated field and clubhouse, player scholarships and development, recruitment, coaching, equipment, travel and other expenses to improve play and build a better rugby program at UGA. Note that these funds are not subject to any approved-use restrictions by the University of Georgia.
We are currently working on a program of pre-defined donor levels, which will include details on what the money will be spent on as well as what our donors will receive in return. Stay tuned!
Option 2) The UGA Rugby Club Endowed Fund
a.k.a. the UGA Arch Fund or the UGA Foundation
Option 3) UGA Rugby Discretionary Fund
This is a way to donate funds for immediate use by the team. Like the Arch Fund, this account is also managed by the University, but the club has direct access to all funds, as long as they are for University-approved purposes (such as training gear, equipment, referees, etc.). Donations are tax deductible, and tax documentation is mailed to all donors directly by the University.