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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can join the Hornet Club?
All Sacramento State Fans and supporters are encouraged to join the Hornet Club. You do not have to be a former student-athlete or Alumnus of Sacramento State to join the Hornet Club.

Is my contribution to the Hornet Club tax deductible
Yes, the Hornet Club is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Gifts made to the Hornet Club qualify for the charitable contribution deduction under IRS Code Section 170(b)(1)(A). IRS Code also requires the Hornet Club to provide the donor with the amount of benefits received. Under the recently amended IRS Tax Code Section 170 (l), gifts associated with the right to purchase tickets (either directly or indirectly) to athletic events at a stadium of the institution of higher learning are no longer deductible as a charitable contribution.  Please refer to our member benefits chart for more information on benefits. Gifts not associated with the right to purchase tickets continue to qualify for the charitable contribution deduction. The Hornet Club recommends consulting your tax advisor regarding your individual income tax situation.

What is the difference between the Hornet Club and Team Support?
While both methods of giving benefit our student-athletes and sports teams, giving unrestrictedly the to Hornet Club Annual Fund allows for the athletics department to utilize the donations in the best benefit for the athletic department and student-athletes. These funds can be used to offset scholarship costs, facility upgrades, additional department branding and specific student-athlete programming. Supporting your favorite Hornet Sports teams is important too, this funding goes to the individual program's needs, such as foreign trips, sports equipment, and student-athlete meals.

Who do I make my check payable to?
The University Foundation at Sacramento State (U.F.S.S)

If I give to a specific sport, am I a Hornet Club Member?
Yes, all donors to Sacramento State Athletics are Hornet Club Members.

How do I stay connected?
Hornet Club Membership allows our donors to be part of the Hornet Family. Between our weekly newsletter, football tailgating, and our pregame socials, our Hornet Club members are connected to the overall success of Sacramento State Athletics.