Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Duke Club?

The Duke Club is the fundraising arm for James Madison University Athletics. Through its annual fund drive, the Duke Club raises unrestricted contributions in support of student-athlete scholarships and the athletic budget. Additionally, the Duke Club aids athletic facility enhancements and other needs through capital campaigns.

Is my gift to the Duke Club tax deductible?

Yes. The IRS allows a deduction on gifts less the estimated value of benefits. The Duke Club gives individuals the opportunity to decline benefits associated with their gift. For more information regarding tax deductibility, please go to or contact the Duke Club office for a list of benefits and associated values.

What is the difference between a restricted and unrestricted gift to the Duke Club?

Restricted gifts are designated to a specific program, facility or project. Unrestricted gifts go directly toward the general athletic scholarship fund and help offset departmental expenses and the annual scholarship bill of over $4.6 million. Only unrestricted gifts secure Duke Club benefits.

How much of my Duke Club gift will my company match and what is the procedure?

Companies that offer a matching gift program determine the specific criteria and policies by which they will match gifts. Please contact your Human Resources Department for copies of these policies and the appropriate forms or contact the Duke Club for more information. Please indicate on the pledge card that you will be utilizing a matching gift.

What is a Duke Club Rep and how do I become one?

Duke Club Reps are essential to the growth of the Duke Club. They serve as leaders in areas where Duke Club chapters are present. Reps help keep Duke Club members informed, identify prospects and serve as liaisons to the Duke Club. To become a Duke Club Rep, please contact the Duke Club at 540.568.6461.

Do I receive Duke Club credit for contributions that I make to the JMU Foundation on behalf of other JMU Departments or to the Alumni Association?

Duke Club membership benefits are determined by the unrestricted portion of a donation to JMU Athletics with first-level benefits beginning with a donation at the Paw Level (currently a minimum of $50).

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