Michigan State’s Spartan Fund sent out an update to its donors on Thursday, March 20, 2014 (the day the MSU basketball team, led by Adreian Payne, defeated Delaware in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament). The update included an info graphic that showed where Spartan Fund donors lived. Looking through the stats, it was no surprise that Michigan is where 84% of all Spartan donors live. But there are some interesting stats on the list that might cause some surprise. For example: more Spartan donors live in New Jersey than in Wisconsin. And more live in North Carolina than in each of those Big Ten states. (New Jersey is still a couple months from being officially Big Ten). The email also showed the total giving of $22,000,000 last year came from 15,790 donors across 48 different states and the District of Columbia. Can we get some Spartan representation from the Dakotas, please?
It only takes a minimum contribution of $50 to be a Spartan Fund member, but — if my math is right — the average donor in the US last year gave $1,388. The $22 million represents nearly 25% of the MSU Athletics annual budget of $89 million (none of which comes from public tax dollars, by the way). Without the Spartan Fund, the MSU Athletics program would not be where it is today. Here’s the list, where does your state rank?
|27||District of Columbia||15||0.095%|
HERE IS HOW YOU CAN BECOME A SPARTAN FUND MEMBER:
To become a Spartan Fund member, you don’t have to donate a lot of money. Even $50 per year will get you on this list and get you some of the benefits of the Spartan Fund. You can make your donation online here or, if you need assistance, you can call the Spartan Fund at 517-432-4610 (office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am-5:00 pm). Remember that the 2014 Spartan Fund Membership begins July 1, 2014 and expires June 30, 2015, therefore your gifts are due by June 30, 2014.