The John J. Tigert Society is our stewardship program designed to recognize the lifetime contributions of our major gift donors by providing meaningful engagement opportunities throughout their lifetime. John J. Tigert served as the University of Florida’s fourth president from 1928-1947 and is known for making a major impact on the landscape of intercollegiate athletics by establishing the grant-in-aid concept which is the basis for today’s athletic scholarships. He was responsible for the construction of Florida Field and helped create the Southeastern Conference. President Tigert left a lasting legacy for Gator Athletics and we find it fitting to use the Tigert name for the society that honors the legacy that each of our major gift donors leave on our program.
Gifts for facility projects must be either cash or cash equivalent (readily marketable assets or real estate). Endowment gifts may take the form of cash or any number of deferred gift methods, which include trusts, annuities, will provisions and life insurance.
Naming opportunities for scholarship endowment require minimum gifts of $50,000 (cash/cash equivalent) or $100,000 minimum deferred. Also, some contributors may qualify for corporate matching gifts through their employers.
Your membership in this society is an outward display of your dedication to hundreds of student-athletes you impact each year. Your generosity has changed the landscape of Florida Gator Athletics and it is our hope that your membership in the John J. Tigert Society gives us the opportunity to properly thank you for years to come.
The membership levels of the John J. Tigert Society are determined by the following lifetime contributions:
*Legacy Director and Distinguished Director levels only reflect gifts that have been received by Gator Boosters, Inc. A minimum of 50% of qualified gifts must be non-ticket related.
**Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze levels may include major gifts received, ticket-related gifts (up to amount of major gifts received), and 20% of any documented deferred gift or major gift pledge to Gator Boosters, Inc.
The construction, renovation, expansion, and maintenance of our athletic facilities is essential to ensure the success of our athletics program. It is our facilities that enables us to recruit and retain the best coaches and student-athletes, and allows us to provide a top notch fan experience.
Recognition for facility gifts are often associated with naming opportunities, specific to the project the donor chooses to support.
Naming opportunities and their corresponding gift amounts vary based on the scope of the project.
Florida's standalone facility, set to be built on the current site of McKethan Stadium, will be officially known as the James W. "Bill" Heavener Football Training Center as part of a lead gift from Heavener.
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When you support an athletic endowment, you give student-athletes something they might not have otherwise had, a shot at a top-quality University of Florida education. Funding an endowment is also one of the most significant ways to insure the future success of the university's athletic program. Minimum cost to name an endowment is $50,000 cash/cash equivalent or $100,000 deferred.
Endowment donors receive the following recognition:
Gator Boosters, Inc. is pursuing the ambitious goal of fully endowing our scholarships.
GATORS FOREVER – DRIVE FOR 500 is the first step toward reaching that goal. Gators Forever is looking for just 500 donors to pledge their support toward securing the future of Gator Athletics by committing to join us in our "Drive for 500."
$100,000 commitment – minimum payment of $10,000 per year
Receive TRIPLE PRIORITY POINTS for your gift. Three (3) points awarded for every $100 donated through 12/31/18. Gifts not tax deductible when choosing to receive priority points (effective 1/1/18).
Give the gift of EDUCATION. Your gift provides the opportunity for current and future generations of Gator student-athletes to obtain a first class education and graduate with a degree from the University of Florida.
Provide the educational FOUNDATION for Gator student-athletes to build on for their future successes.
Secure the FUTURE success of Gator Athletics by providing the gift of education for our student-athletes.
Please call Gator Boosters for more information (352) 375-4683 x 5000.