FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

HUSKIE ATHLETIC FUND – GENERAL


Q. Why should I give?

NIU has been enjoying great national exposure due to the hard work and dedication of each student-athlete, coach and staff member. Every gift makes an impact on the success and growth of NIU Athletics and the university as a whole. Annual gifts help to meet the funding challenge to maintain the tradition and excellence at NIU.

Q. Do I have to be an alumnus of NIU to be a member of the Huskie Athletic Fund

Anyone can become a member of the Huskie Athletic Fund, and enjoy the benefits of membership. Joining is easy, call (815) 753-1923 or go online www.huskieathleticfund.com and show your Huskie pride today!

Q. When is my Huskie Athletic Fund contribution due each year?

In order to receive football ticket, parking and hospitality benefits, you must make your pledge by April 28th and the full payment must be made by June 30th, 2018.

  • April 28th: 2018 Huskie Athletic Fund Pledge Deadline
  • June 30th: Payment deadline for all football related benefits
  • September 8th: NIU vs. Utah 2018 Football Home Opener - GO HUSKIES!
In order to receive tax benefits for the 2018 calendar year, all contributions must be made by December 31st, 2018.

Q. Is my donation tax-deductible?

All contributions to NIU Athletics are considered gifts to Northern Illinois University and are credited at full value for purposes of the donor's gift record at the Northern Illinois University Foundation. Individuals who make a contribution to NIU Athletics will be issued a tax receipt by the NIU Foundation.

Q. How do I make a gift online?

Please visit www.huskieathleticfund.com and click “GIVE NOW”. Let us know if we can be of assistance.

Q. Where do I send checks to?

NIU Athletics
Huskie Athletic Fund
P.O. Box 906
DeKalb, IL 60115

Q. What are Premium Seat Payments & are they tax deductible?

Formerly termed "Seat Contributions(s)". As of January 1, 2018, payments made to the Huskie Athletic Fund for the purpose of purchasing premium seats are no longer tax deductible. This change comes after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law in December of 2017. It is important to note that all monies related to premium seat payments still benefit athletic department operations and our student-athletes - it is simply no longer tax deductible. All other gifts made to the Huskie Athletic Fund, including Campaign to Sustain, sport-specific, cost of attendance, gift-in-kind, endowments, etc. will remain tax deductible.

HAF will still count these dollars toward your Annual Giving Level and your benefits!

Q. How can I get the best seats for NIU Football and Basketball?

Members of the Huskie Athletic Fund receive first priority for football and basketball premium seating. All ticket requests, including football road and postseason games, are determined by the benefit allocation process. The benefit allocation process is first determined by Annual Giving Level and then Priority Points within each Annual Giving Level.

Q. How do I improve my seat & parking location?

Please request new or upgraded seats and parking on your donor renewal form or by calling (815) 753-1923. After the deadline we will review all seat and parking requests and allocate based on 2015 donor level first and then priority points within each level.

Q. Why do I need to make two separate payments for my season tickets and for my donations?

To ensure minimum confusion between donations (including Premium Seat Payments) and ticket purchases, we ask that two separate checks be made for each payment in order to create a more simplified process.