Why Be A Member?
Your Cyclone Club Membership Makes An Impact
The Athletics Department receives no state or University funds, so gifts of all sizes to the Cyclone Club directly impact the lives of over 450 student-athletes at Iowa State. Take pride in knowing that a membership in the Cyclone Club plays a significant role in the daily success of these student-athletes on the field and in the classroom.
It's with your membership that Iowa State Athletics can enable student-athletes to succeed in competition and in the classroom, stay competitive by attracting and retaining the best coaches and staff, and invest in improvements, including state-of-the-art facilities. Show Cyclone Nation your loyalty by signing up – or increasing your contribution – to be part of the Heart of the Nation today.
To make a gift, visit www.cycloneclub.org or call 515-294-5022.
Your gift to the Cyclone Club helps to provide the resources for our student-athletes to pursue their dreams academically, competitively, and socially. Our student-athletes' overall experience at Iowa State would not be possible without the financial support from Cyclone Club members each year.
Cyclone Club donations are crucial to maintaining a standard of excellence for over 440 student-athletes.
To make a gift, visit www.cycloneclub.org or call 515-294-5022.
|January 2021||January 1 — Cyclone Club drive year begins|
|March 2021||Cyclone Club donation & season football ticket/parking renewals begin|
|APRIL 2021||April 9 — Cyclone Club donation & season football ticket/parking renewal deadline|
|May 2021||Football parking selection process begins
Football seating selection process begins
|AUGUST 2021||Season basketball ticket renewals begin|
|SEPTEMBER 2021||Season basketball ticket renewal deadline & seating allocations begin|
|DECEMBER 2021||December 31 — Cyclone Club drive year ends|
All important dates are subject to change
Cyclone Club Faq
In what order are Cyclone Club benefits assigned?
Donor benefits for priority seating and parking are assigned in the order of (1) highest annual giving level and (2) individual donor rank — based upon priority point totals — within that giving level.
When do I need to make my Cyclone Club contribution for priority seating and/or parking?
To receive 2021 football priority seating and parking privileges, a Cyclone Club pledge must be made and received by our office prior to April 9, 2021. To receive 2021-22 basketball priority seating and parking privileges, a Cyclone Club pledge must be made and received by our office prior to August 2021. Priority points are accumulated when membership dollars are received by the Cyclone Club, not when the original pledge is received. Payment plans are available to help spread payments throughout the year; however, all donations must be paid in full by December 31, 2021.
I am interested in moving my season tickets, how do I do so?
For football — each season ticket holder will receive an appointment date and time in May to login to their account to select their seats. Should you wish to keep your seats the exact same as the previous year, there is nothing further you need to do. Should you wish to move your seats, you must login to the system during your date and time (or anytime thereafter) and find and select the available seats you wish to move to. When selecting new seats, please be sure to select seats in the seating area that fulfills the minimum donation requirements needed for that section. If any additional donation is needed regarding the upgrade, the ticket holder will be contacted by the ticket office.
For basketball — the ISU Athletics Ticket Office places every seating request in order by donation level and then priority points within that level. You must request a seating request during your season ticket renewal in July. It's important to note that the ticket office defines an upgrade as lower and closer to mid-court unless specific directives are given by the ticket holder. If clarification or additional information is needed regarding the request, the ticket holder will be contacted by the ticket office.
How do I request my football season tickets and/or parking stall to be near friends?
Donors wishing to sit in the same section or park in the same lot as friends must wait to select their respective seating and parking at the lowest donation level and/or priority point total of each member of the group. Because football seating and parking is all in the power of the fans for selection, we no longer take these types of requests in advance of the selection process. Parking assignments are not guaranteed from year to year.
What happens if I do not fulfill my pledge to the Cyclone Club?
A donor who does not fulfill a pledge may not make a pledge for the following year until the unsatisfied pledge is paid. If a donor's account is not reconciled by the end of the calendar year, that donor will be considered an inactive club member.
Are priority points earned for donations to ISU departments or units outside of athletics?
No, donations to units or colleges outside of athletics are not counted for priority points in the Cyclone Club. If you have a question about receiving priority points for a specific giving idea, contact the Cyclone Club for consideration.
I am a $2,500 annual donor who has been in the Cyclone Club for 10 years. I want to move my seats. My friend is at the $5,000 level and joined two years ago. She is purchasing season tickets for the first time. Who would have their ticket request reviewed first?
The $5,000 donor would have her ticket request reviewed first because her annual giving category is higher.
Is my membership in the Cyclone Club tax deductible?
Under the latest tax legislation, if you make a contribution for the benefit of the University and then receive (directly or indirectly) benefits, including the right to purchase tickets for seating at an athletics event — these gifts are no longer tax deductible. Contributions from donor advised funds, private foundations, and IRA charitable rollover distributions can be given to the Cyclone Club, provided you waive membership level benefits and/or priority points as a result of the contribution. If you wish to receive membership benefits and/or priority points attached to a contribution, the donation must come from a personal source and not from a donor advised fund, private foundation, or IRA charitable rollover distribution. Please consult your tax advisor for more information on these recent changes.
Iowa State is responsible for the actions of its boosters. If a booster violates an NCAA, Big 12, or ISU rule, the University may be subject to penalties. In addition, student-athletes or prospects may lose their eligibility for intercollegiate competition. Further, a booster found to have intentionally violated NCAA, Big 12, or ISU rules may be disassociated from Iowa State's athletics program, resulting in a loss of all benefits and privileges offered by the Department of Athletics.
Important knowledge to have as a booster:
Boosters may not provide any extra benefits for prospects, current student-athletes or former student-athletes. Extra benefits include but are not limited to:
- Cash or any type of gift
- Vehicle or the use of a vehicle
- Free or reduced-cost housing
- Loans or co-signing of loans
- Free or reduced-cost goods or services
A permissible benefit a booster can be involved with is an occasional meal. Student-athletes may attend an occasional meal hosted by a booster held only at the home of the booster, and it may be catered. Occasional meals must be preapproved by the Athletics Compliance Office.
Boosters are not permitted to make in-person, on- or off-campus recruiting contacts with prospects or their relatives or friends. Boosters are also prohibited from initiating telephone or other electronic communication with prospects, their relatives or friends until the individual begins his or her first regular term (fall or spring) at ISU or begins preseason practice (two-a-days).
A booster may employ or arrange for the employment of a student-athlete as long as the student-athlete has registered the job with the Athletics Compliance Office before beginning work.