Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I contribute to the Capital Campaign when I already donate to my alma mater?
Uplifting Athletes complements the mission of your alma mater and athletic department’s missions by enhancing the student-athlete’s college experience with tangible job skills, real world leadership opportunities and the ability to actively engage others in their socially responsible endeavors. The coordinated efforts of Uplifting Athletes across college campuses is elevating the rare disease cause and making a positive and lasting impact on 30 million Americans!

Is the Capital Campaign goal of $1.382M realistic?
Yes. The goal is attainable if we acquire the volunteers to help advance campaign fundraising. Volunteer participation will ensure community involvement, increasing the likelihood of a successful campaign. A five year pledge period is available to meet everyone’s philanthropic endeavors. The campaign will also offer other ways to “Take Action” and provide opportunities for participation beyond monetary support. Considering the power and appeal of college football and a community of 30 million Americans living with a rare disease…anything is possible!

Is my gift to the Capital Campaign tax deductible?
Yes, your gift is tax-deductible. Uplifting Athletes, Inc. is a full service national nonprofit registered as a 501(c)(3) organization with the IRS. All contributions are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


May I give a gift “In Memory/Honor of” a friend or loved one? Can I donate to a specific school or rare disease?
Uplifting Athletes presents an excellent opportunity to give a gift “In Memory/Honor Of” a loved one. Many donors choose to honor inspirational coaches and teammates or make a legacy gift by “naming” a program or endowing a university chapter to assure that their family name will continue in perpetuity. However, since the efforts of Uplifting Athletes address universal needs, it is not possible to restrict a gift to a specific school or disease.

Why College Football? Why Rare Diseases?
College football is the largest American sport without a cause marketing partnership. With such loyal, passionate and philanthropic fans, college football student-athletes are in an excellent position to make a positive and lasting impact. There are over 7,000 different rare diseases that collectively affect 30 million Americans, but is a very fragmented community. The rare disease cause is relevant to every college football team since it impacts 1 out of every 10 Americans and college football can provide a unified voice for the cause.