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The Badger Fund offers a wide array of benefits for multiple donor levels.

The University of Wisconsin recently treated their donors to a special event at Camp Randall Stadium prior to the opening of the season. Donors who gave at the $2,500 and above to the Badger Fund were invited to the event, which allowed donors the unique opportunity to view a practice.

Additionally, donors in attendance were able to meet Badger Legend Ron Dayne and view a special highlight video on the stadium’s video screen. Following the video, the group received a post-practice season breakdown by head coach Bret Bielema and his assistants.

This event is an excellent example of a benefit to give to donors who show a high level of commitment to the program. The inside access that comes with watching a practice and then receiving a pep-talk from the Head Coach allows donors to feel that the school and program appreciates their contributions.

Another positive for such an event is the relative low cost. While some refreshments may have been provided, the practice, video screen, and chalk talk does not require much money from the development office, keeping the event cost low and manageable.

In a time when all entertainment entities are looking to add value to their product, providing inside access for committed donors will increase the likelihood for repeat giving and a foster a sense of appreciation.


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Mark Mulder attended MSU's first pitch event.

Mark Mulder attended MSU's first pitch event.

While March typically signifies the heating up of basketball action across the country, it also marks the beginning of the NCAA baseball season. With the familiar ping of aluminum bats being heard across the country, several programs are seeking to take advantage of rising popularity of the sport.

There are several departments from around the country that are creating “First Pitch” events and dinner for fans, staff and donors. These events typically include a highlight of former players, which in the case of Michigan State included legends such as Steve Garvey and Mark Mulder, a dinner and awards ceremony. The dinner is where the funds are primarily raised, with money being charged per plate in addition to silent auctions of baseball gear and trip opportunities.

These events serve as a direct way to connect with former baseball alumni and raise funds for the program. Typically held in early February to enable professional players a chance to come back to campus, the money raised here almost always will be restricted to the baseball program. However, this is a vital way raise awareness and build a solid connection with alumni and fans.

Other examples of baseball first pitch events were held at Virginia Tech, Utah, and Temple just to name a few.

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