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Student Athlete Excellence Fund

Contributions to this fund provide scholarship support, operational dollars for travel, recruiting, academic support, equipment and other essential tools and resources needed by our coaches and student-athletes.

Scholarship Donor Program

The program was designed to give donors a chance to connect with student-athletes and the CU Athletic Department. Participation in the Scholarship Donor Program requires a commitment of $9K annually over 5 years.


  • A designated student-athlete recipient for you to get to know and follow as a Buff.
  • Access to exclusive student-athlete sponsored events.
  • Priority one postseason and tournament tickets.
  • Reserved named Football parking and reserved Basketball parking.

**The goal of the Buff Club is to match up all CU scholarship student-athletes with scholarship donors.

Buff Club Cabinet

To stay competitive among the top schools in the nation, CU has established the Buff Club Cabinet to secure private funding. Participation to the Cabinet requires a 3 year commitment of $25K annually.


  • Invitation to the Buff Club Cabinet Suite
  • On field access before the game
  • Priority one postseason and tournament tickets.
  • Reserved named Football parking and reserved Basketball parking.
  • Periodic round table discussions with CU Coaches and Administrators

**Please note that both the Scholarship Donation and Cabinet membership are in addition to the required seating and/or parking donation.


To provide funding for future Buffs, endowments are essential. The opportunity to fully endow a student-athlete scholarship exists for all sports programs. An endowment gift is a gift in which a portion of the income is reinvested each year, enabling the endowment to grow and provide a permanent stream of income over time.

Currently, the CU Athletic Department has 58 endowments that support a variety of programs ranging from the buffalo mascot Ralphie, to scholarships for our 300+ student-athletes.

Our Athletic Endowment funds are permanent funds that are invested and managed by the University of Colorado Foundation. A portion of the annual interest income generated is used to carry out the donor’s designated purpose (ie. scholarships, support for individual sports or unrestricted support). Income earned in excess of the annual amount spent is added back into the endowment principal so that it continues to grow and maintain purchasing power for future generations.

There are several methods a donor may choose to establish an endowment fund. Gifts of cash, stocks, and planned gifts such as charitable trusts and bequests are all common ways to fund an endowment. Charitable annuities, real estate gifts and life insurance are other forms of giving. These types of gifts may reduce taxes due on income, capital gains and estate settlements.

Planned Giving

Income producing gifts
There are several ways you can make a substantial gift to CU Athletics while you retain, or even increase your annual income. By investing your gift in a charitable remainder trust, pooling income fund, or as a charitable gift annuity, you can diversify your investment holdings, reduce your taxes, and possibly increase your income. When appreciated property is given, you can also avoid capital gains tax. If you are interested in making an income-producing gift, please contact us here at the Buff Club, 303-492-2200.

Gift of Real Estate
Your property can become a generous investment in the future of the University of Colorado. A real estate gift may provide significant tax relief while freeing you from the demands of property management. You may also be able to increase your annual income or retain the right to use the property for the remainder of your life.

Special Initiatives

  • Ralphie's Kids Roundup
    Donors of the athletic department purchase season football tickets so children can attend CU games and the pageantry that goes along with them.>
  • Chauncey's Kids Roundup
    Named after CU great and NBA All-Star Chauncey Billups for his dedication to our youth. Similar to Ralphie's Kids Roundup, but specifically for basketball.
  • Athletic Entertainment Fund
    The athletic entertainment fund provides assistance in covering costs associated with business expenses tied to the cultivation of donors, fans, and key constituents.