Donor Priority

Priority points provide a fair and transparent method for determining donor priority and guiding the distribution of benefits. Points are awarded for philanthropic commitment to Vanderbilt Athletics by honoring and rewarding donors' generous financial support. Donor priority is used to assign season, away game and postseason tickets and other associated National Commodore Club benefits.

Priority is assigned first by McGugin Society membership level and then by priority points within each level, followed by all active National Commodore Club members by total priority points. Active membership includes current fiscal year (July 1-June 30) donors to Vanderbilt Athletics. Model effective as of July 1, 2021.

Priority Points Breakdown

COMMITMENT TO VANDERBILT ATHLETICSValue
Giving toward Capital Projects/Endowment3 points for every $100
Giving toward Athletics Annual Fund or Excellence Fund 1 point for every $100
Season ticket purchase 1 point for every $100
Years of giving to Vanderbilt Athletics 1 point per year
Alumni Credit 25 points for graduating from Vanderbilt (one time only)
Black and Gold Club Member 50 points for being a Black and Gold Club member and lettering in a sport at Vanderbilt (one time only)

faqs

  • Priority points provide a fair and transparent method for determining donor priority and guiding the distribution of benefits. Points are awarded for philanthropic commitment to Vanderbilt Athletics by honoring and rewarding donors’ generous financial support.

  • The priority point system offers a more equitable way to determine eligibility for benefits for all athletics donors, especially in cases when the benefits are not tied to a National Commodore Club membership. Changes were effective July 1, 2021.

  • All gifts to capital projects, Athletics General Fund (NCC), sport-specific excellence funds, Athletics scholarship endowments or donations made through past Athletics fundraising events are counted in your priority points total. This also includes employer matching gifts and per-seat gifts.

  • While all philanthropic donations made to Vanderbilt Athletics are significant, our future success is predicated upon fully funding capital projects and scholarships. Contributions made to capital projects and/or Vanderbilt’s endowment enable our student-athletes to receive a world-class education while competing at the highest levels of collegiate athletics.

  • Yes, student-athlete points will be awarded to former cheerleaders.

  • Pledges are not counted in point totals. Points will accumulate as you pay your pledge, since points are awarded for gifts received. For example, if you make a pledge of $50,000 to be paid over five years, each annual installment of $10,000 will count toward your point total.

  • Priority points and rankings will be used to determine eligibility for and priority for access to several donor benefits, including but not limited to:

    • Reserved parking
    • Away game ticket requests
    • Postseason ticket requests (SEC tournament, NCAA tournaments, bowl games, College World Series etc.)
    • Exclusive donor events
    • Premium seating and hospitality
  • Reserved donor parking for football, basketball and baseball will continue to be determined by priority. For new parking space assignments or changes, priority point rankings will determine the order in which requests are fulfilled.

  • No. Points are awarded for season tickets purchased in your name on your personal account through the Vanderbilt ticket office.

  • Staying active as an Athletics donor and season ticket holder will increase your priority point total each year. Making contributions to Athletics capital projects, endowment and annual funds or increasing your current annual giving will make the biggest immediate impact on your points and ranking.

  • No. Out of concern for confidentiality, there will not be a public listing of the priority point rankings. Only you will have access to your individual point total and ranking through the National Commodore Club or Vanderbilt ticket office.

  • Yes. Your historical points are still active in your account. As long as you continue to invest in Vanderbilt Athletics, you will remain eligible for NCC benefits.

  • No. Priority points are not transferrable to an existing or new account. Priority points are accumulated through the established account named account. For questions please call the National Commodore Club at 615-322-4114.

  • Yes. As a former letter winner, you receive a one-time credit of 50 points for being a former participant. Unfortunately, due to historical files, we may have missed your account. To update your information please contact Chris Griffin, Director of Black and Gold Club, at 615-322-9689 or chris.griffin@vanderbilt.edu.

  • Yes. As a former member of the Spirit of Gold, you receive a one-time credit of 50 points. Unfortunately, due to historical files, your participation may not be on your alumni record. To ensure your record is accurate, please visit www.vuconnect.com.

  • No. Donations received are used to support Vanderbilt student-athletes and are not refundable.

  • EXAMPLE 1:

    Mr. C purchases two (2) football season tickets in section D (Red Zone: $50 per seat gift requirement) and a Lot 2 season parking pass ($75 per parking pass gift requirement). Below is how his NCC membership level is calculated.

    • Mr. C’s total required per seat gift for football is $175 ($50 x 2 seats; $75 x 1 parking pass).
    • All required gifts for season tickets and parking are included in the total season ticket and/or parking price and are due at the time of purchase or renewal.
    • The purchase of season tickets automatically qualifies ticket holders as active members of the National Commodore Club.

    Per Seat/Parking Gift: $175 + Addl. Contributions: $0 = NCC Membership Level: Ensign ($100)

    EXAMPLE 2:

    Mr. C purchases two (2) football season tickets in section D (Red Zone: $50 per seat gift requirement) and a Lot 2 season parking pass ($75 per parking pass gift requirement). He also contributes $1,000 to the Gridiron Club. Below is how his NCC membership level is calculated.

    • Mr. C’s total required per seat gift for football is $175 ($50 x 2 seats; $75 x 1 parking pass).
    • All required gifts for season tickets and parking are included in the total season ticket and/or parking price and are due at the time of purchase or renewal.

    Per Seat/Parking Gift: $175 + Gridiron Club Contribution: $1,000 = NCC Membership Level: Commander ($1,175)

    EXAMPLE 3:

    Mr. C purchases two (2) season tickets for football in section D (Red Zone: $50 per seat gift requirement) and a Lot 2 season parking pass ($75 per parking pass donation requirement). He also contributes $1,000 to the Gridiron Club. In addition, Mr. C decides to purchase two (2) men’s basketball season tickets in section 2C (Green Zone: $250 per seat gift requirement) and contributes $1,000 to Vandy United. Below is how his NCC membership level is calculated.

    • Mr. C’s total required per seat gift for football is $175 ($50 x 2 seats; $75 x 1 parking pass).
    • Mr. C’s total required per seat gift for men’s basketball is $500 ($250 x 2 seats)
    • All required gifts for season tickets and parking are included in the total season ticket and/or parking price and are due at the time of purchase or renewal.

    Per Seat/Parking Gifts: $675 + Vandy United & Gridiron Club Contributions: $2,000 = NCC Membership Level: Captain ($2,675)

    For more information on season tickets, call the National Commodore Club at 615-322-4114 or the Vanderbilt ticket office at 615-322-4653.