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Champions Circle

Champions Circle
Champions Circle

Champions Circle


The Champions Circle is the Iowa State University Athletics Department’s most exclusive level of giving. This group of philanthropic supporters play a critical role in the success of Iowa State Athletics. They will serve as an essential component of philanthropic funding for proposed facility construction and renovations, endowments, student-athlete development opportunities, and other operations of the Athletics Department to enhance the student-athlete experience.

Champions Cricle Levels

*Donors can join the Champions Circle through a minimum philanthropic commitment of $50,000 or more payable over five years ($10,000 per year). Gifts & pledges to the Champions Circle are separate from annual Cyclone Club membership contributions.

Iowa State Athletics Development

Champions Circle

Champions Circle

Minimum $50,000 contribution with flexibility to pay over 5 years.

Tax-deductible contributions that create flexibility for various gifting vehicles to be utilized.

Create a meaningful impact through endowments, naming opportunities & general support.

Cyclone Club

Cyclone Club

Annual contributions for the right to purchase priority seating & parking.

Revenues provide essential scholarship support & unrestricted support.

Clyde Williams Society

Clyde Williams Society

Recognizes lifetime giving to Athletics.

A total of Champions Circle + Cyclone Club + Estate Gifts.

Areas of Impact


Scholarship Endowments

Scholarship endowments are a key source of funding that will help ensure the long-term health of the Iowa State University Athletics program. Endowments help underwrite the costs of tuition, room, board, books, academic support and other student services for each of Iowa State's 16 varsity sports.

The costs for scholarship support in the athletics department continue to escalate, and securing endowments is one way to off-set those costs. Named endowments are also a great way to recognize or honor an individual. Several of the existing department endowments have been named in honor or memory of an individual.

Athletics scholarship endowment naming opportunities are available to fully endow an athletics scholarship ($500,000) or name an endowed scholarship ($50,000). Gifts may be pledged over time, typically three to five years, and can be funded with cash, an estate provision or a combination of the two.

Click here for a list of Iowa State Athletics current endowed scholarships.

Administrative & Coaching Edowments

Iowa State Athletics strives to establish administrative & coaching endowments to provide key support for these leadership positions. This level of commitment will fund key priorities specific to each position and provide our leaders necessary resources to build and sustain championship programs.

Planned Giving

Planned or deferred giving enables you to arrange charitable contributions in a manner that maximizes personal objectives and financial goals. Many plans provide flexibility throughout your lifetime, even though Iowa State Athletics will not realize the benefit until some time in the future. The most common types of deferred plans are bequests, retirement plan designations, charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities. For more information on planned gifts, call the ISU Athletics Development Office at 515-294-5022.


The easiest and most popular deferred gift plans used by alumni and fans are either bequests in a will or naming Iowa State University in a living trust. Donors may name the Iowa State University Foundation as a percentage beneficiary, for a specific dollar amount or specific assets or as a residual or contingent recipient. Your assets can be used to support Iowa State for whatever purposes you have documented.

Retirement Plan Assets

Retirement accounts often are exposed to income tax and estate taxes and that liability can be avoided or reduced through a deferred gift. Naming the Iowa State University Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement account can provide a meaningful gift to Iowa State and produce significant tax savings for you and your heirs.

Charitable Remainder Trust

A charitable trust to benefit Iowa State is established when you transfer assets (cash, securities, or real estate) to a trust, where the assets are invested to pay an annual, lifetime or term-of-years income to you or other beneficiaries. When the trust matures, the remaining trust assets are distributed by the trustee according to your wishes. There are wide varieties of charitable trusts available to meet your individual needs.

Charitable Gift Annuity

A gift annuity is a simple contractual agreement between one or two donors and the Iowa State University Foundation in which assets are transferred in exchange for a lifetime annuity. Donors receive an immediate charitable income tax deduction, and the rates are based on the age of the donor(s) at establishment.

Capital Projects

CyTown Stage


A unique, year-round destination to be built in the heart of the Iowa State Center — between Jack Trice Stadium and Hilton Coliseum — that will enrich Central Iowa for generations to come. CYTown will capitalize on its unique location in the heart of the Iowa State Center to attract more visitors to the Iowa State and Ames communities, spur economic growth, and afford new amenities to students, faculty, staff and residents to enjoy while complementing Ames’ reputation as an outstanding community to live, work, play or attend school.

Pedestrian Bridge

Pedestrian Bridge

The Pedestrian Bridge, a $10M project consisting of a quarter-mile long, elevated walkway, provides a safe pedestrian route between Jack Trice Stadium and game-day parking areas east of the stadium. The project was completed in the fall of 2022 and opened for Iowa State’s home football game on September 3rd 2022 vs. Southeast Missouri. The project also includes a sidewalk outside the northeast corner of the stadium to connect the Albaugh Family Plaza area and promote year-round use of the bridge, while also connecting Jack Trice Stadium to the newly added RV Village to the east of University Avenue.

Sports Performance Center

Stark Performance Center

The Stark Performance Center is a $90 million project connecting to the existing Bergstrom Football Complex, creating multiple spaces for use by all student-athletes as well as allowing for the creation of the Albaugh Family Plaza outside of Jack Trice Stadium for all Cyclones to enjoy. Key features of the project include a new football locker room, football player's lounge, football nutrition center, expanded football sports medicine center, expanded football staff offices, student-athlete life skills center, student-athlete academic center, and student-athlete dining hall. The project was completed in Fall 2021.


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