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Annual Giving

Donations made by cash or check for the Jackrabbit Club are always acceptable. All checks should be made payable to the Jackrabbit Club.

We also accept donations made by credit card (VISA, MasterCard, American Express and Discover), monthly payment plans (monthly billing, electronic fund transfers, credit card payments), stock gifts, gifts of grain, Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay and Google Pay.

NOTE: Football and basketball season ticket renewals and Jackrabbit Club contribution renewals are mailed out February 1st. All annual Jackrabbit Club donations for priority seating privileges must be received no later than May 31st.

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Facility Projects

Naming opportunities and donor plaque recognition options still exist at First Bank & Trust Arena, the Kurtenbach Family Wrestling Center, Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium and inside the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex.

Additionally, loge and club seat options remain available in Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium and club options will be available in First Bank & Trust Arena.

Donors have the option to pledge a multi-year gift or make a gift in full towards a specific project. Priority points are awarded for gifts to support athletics facilities projects. Please click here to view a full list of all Capital Projects opportunities.

Jackrabbit Athletics Network

As we evolve and grow as an Athletic Department, we continue to look for ways to engage with those who have laid the foundation for the successes we have had in competition and in the classroom. South Dakota State Athletics has been working with an Alumni Board of Directors to help us establish our future path for connecting and engaging alumni through the  Jackrabbit Athletics Network.  The network is a  no-cost  online platform exclusively for former Jackrabbit student-athletes, which gives access to all the services provided by South Dakota State Athletics in one location:

  • connect and network with other former athletes
  • register for upcoming events and reunions
  • build relationships with current coaches
  • access to a network of employers
  • and more!

  • To register, please visit

    Student-Athlete Experience Fund

    The Student-Athlete Experience Fund is designed to give former student-athletes, parents, friends, and supporters of Jackrabbit Athletics the ability to invest directly into the well-being of our 500+ student-athletes. The Student-Athlete Experience Fund will elevate our academic services, life skills programming, mental health support, and dining services.

    Jackrabbit Athletic Scholarship Auction

    The Jackrabbit Athletic Scholarship Auction takes place in the spring and generates over $1 million for student-athlete scholarships. This number represents over 25 percent of our total scholarship bill raised in one night. During the week leading up to the night of the event, we have over 300 silent auction items from local and surrounding businesses in the area available through mobile bidding. There are also 20 live auction items that take place only during the night of the event. The event offers the opportunity to hear from current student-athletes during the program. The past several years, we’ve had all proceeds matched 2:1 by an anonymous donor, allowing you to triple your impact on SDSU student-athletes!

    Event sponsorships are available for $1,250, which includes either tickets for a table of 10 guests or eight guests plus a Jackrabbit coach. Table sponsorships are $750, with individual tickets available for $75 per person. All tickets include a dinner and open bar.

    For more information or to donate items, which are tax-deductible, please contact the Athletics Development Office at 605-697-7475 or

    Excellence Funds

    Excellence Funds were created to allow donors interested in making an above and beyond impact on SDSU student-athletes to not only direct their giving to a specific sport, but to help fund specific, critical initiatives for that sport.

    Each program has an excellence fund and has identified some specific needs to help them create a culture of excellence within their program.

    Excellence fund giving is a great way for donors looking to make a direct and visible impact on a program above and beyond their contribution to the Jackrabbit Club.

    Make an impact today!

    Donor Resources

    No. The only way to receive Jackrabbit Club benefits is to make an annual fund gift to the Jackrabbit Club or a specific sport's Jackrabbit Club account. Jackrabbit Club benefits are tied to annual fund giving to the Jackrabbit Club as this is the most fundamental way you can support SDSU Athletics. Each dollar donated to the Jackrabbit Club directly impacts our ability to pay our annual scholarship bill and set our annual operating budget.

    Donors have the option to direct any gift to a sport or sports of their choosing. Donors may help a sport pay its annual scholarship bill by giving to their Jackrabbit Club account or assist with a program's priority initiatives through an above and beyond gift to their excellence fund. Donors may also stipulate specific criteria when endowing a scholarship.

    Yes. All contributions to SDSU, excluding per seat licenses, are tax-deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult your tax advisor to determine deductibility specific to your gift.

    There are numerous ways to make your gift including options for payroll deduction and regular installment payments. All methods of giving and more are outlined on our Giving to SDSU Athletics page.

    The Athletics Development offices are located on the second floor of the Jerome J. Lohr SDSU Foundation building located at the corner of 8th street and Medary Avenue.

    All Jackrabbit Club annual fund gifts must be made by May 31 in order to maintain membership, or become a new member, and receive your benefits for the following membership year (membership materials mailed in June). This May 31st deadline is important as it allows you to receive a full year of benefits, as well as an annual priority point bonus, and investments received by May 31st are used to establish budgets for the next fiscal year. There are numerous ways to make your gift, including options for payroll deduction and regular installment payments.

    The Jackrabbit Club membership year runs from June 1 through May 31 of the following year. You should receive a packet with your membership card and other important membership information in mid-to-late June.

    Priority points create a transparent process for providing high-demand, limited inventory tickets to our valued Jackrabbit Club members. Priority points are used for determining seat location in an allocation year, away game ticket allocation and post-season ticket allocation (in conjunction with Jackrabbit Club member level). The priority points system is set up to reward consistent investment in SDSU student-athletes as well as highest impact projects. See our priority points page for a full detailing of our priority points system and to view the priority points calculator.

    No. Only gifts made to a Jackrabbit Club account are eligible for Jackrabbit Club benefits and only gifts to SDSU Athletics are eligible for priority points.

    Membership Guide

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