MSU football & MSU basketball: Spartan Fund donors across America

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?

1 Michigan 13,296 84.21%
2 Illinois 462 2.93%
3 Ohio 255 1.61%
4 Florida 253 1.60%
5 California 187 1.18%
6 Indiana 156 0.988%
7 Texas 138 0.874%
8 New York 101 0.640%
9 Arizona 73 0.462%
9 Pennsylvania 73 0.462%
11 Colorado 69 0.437%
12 Georgia 66 0.418%
13 North Carolina 60 0.380%
13 Virginia 60 0.380%
15 New Jersey 56 0.355%
16 Wisconsin 55 0.348%
17 South Carolina 40 0.253%
18 Minnesota 37 0.234%
19 Missouri 35 0.222%
20 Massachusetts 35 0.222%
20 Maryland 35 0.222%
22 Connecticut 34 0.215%
23 Tennessee 25 0.158%
24 Washington 22 0.139%
24 Iowa 22 0.139%
26 Kentucky 20 0.127%
27 Alabama 15 0.095%
27 District of Columbia 15 0.095%
29 Kansas 13 0.082%
30 Nevada 11 0.070%
31 Oregon 8 0.051%
32 Idaho 7 0.044%
33 Nebraska 6 0.038%
34 Utah 5 0.032%
34 New Mexico 5 0.032%
34 Oklahoma 5 0.032%
34 Louisiana 5 0.032%
38 Montana 4 0.025%
38 Wyoming 4 0.025%
38 Hawaii 4 0.025%
41 Mississippi 3 0.019%
42 Alaska 2 0.013%
42 Arkansas 2 0.013%
42 Maine 2 0.013%
42 West Virginia 2 0.013%
42 Vermont 2 0.013%
42 New Hampshire 2 0.013%
42 Delaware 2 0.013%
49 Rhode Island 1 0.006%
50 South Dakota 0 0.000%
50 North Dakota 0 0.000%
   15,790 100%

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.

Comments

  1. Lars Fairchild says

    Who would want to donate to a school that is under investigation by the Department of Education for how they handled previous cases of sexual assault? It is absolutely disgusting.

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