FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Every gift to the Spartan Shield Society makes a difference to the more than 600 student-athletes who compete in 28 varsity sports for Castleton. Your gift, no matter the size, will ensure that today's Spartans know that they are part of a team much larger than themselves and their current teammates. Here's what your membership can potentially do for our student-athletes.
Who will decide how my donation is spent?
The Spartan Shield Society helps fund the department of athletics and its annual operating budget. As such, the Associate Dean of Athletics and Recreation, along with the coaching and support staff will determine where to best allocate funds based on the area of greatest need.
Yes. Gifts to specific teams are welcomed. These gifts will be used to fund the highest priority for the team, as identified by the coach and associate dean for athletics and recreation. Twenty percent of each gift to a specific team will be designated as general athletics support.
Why does part of my gift go to general athletics support?
Just like our student-athletes can't compete without the team, their teams can't compete without the support of the department. Field maintenance, medical and sports communication staff, graduate assistants, strength and conditioning equipment, and more are shared by all of our teams. Directing 20 percent to general athletics support from each gift made to a specific team allows enhancement of the total student-athlete experience.
What do I get as a member of the Spartan Shield Society?
In addition to the knowledge that you are honoring the past, celebrating the present, and supporting the future of Castleton Athletics, the members of the Spartan Shield Society also enjoy the following perks.
- Tax deduction.
- Personal Spartan Shield Society membership card.
- E-newsletter at the beginning and end of each season.
- Subscription to Castleton Magazine.
- Discounted rate to play in the Castleton Classic.
- Invitation to the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and other special events.
- Access to exclusive Castleton apparel.
*Advanced access to season tickets to football, basketball, and ice hockey.
*(Complimentary tickets to all gifts exceeding $1,000)
Virginia Louise Herrick Society
Gifts of $10,000 and above
Anna McGrath Porter Society
Gifts of $5,000 to $9,999
Winnie Williams Society
Gifts of $2,500 to $4,999
Leonard Johnson Society
Gifts of $1,000 to $2,499
Gifts of $500 to $999
Gifts of $250 to $499
Gifts of $100 to $249
Gifts up to $99
You can continue to give to that area, and add another gift to become a member in the society. All gifts will be totalled together when determing your level of giving to the Castleton Fund, and remember any amount given to the Spartan Shield Society automatically enrolls you for benefits. Plus, it helps our student-athletes directly. If you previously have given to Castleton Athletics, or to a team directly, you may continue to do so and it will automatically transition to the Spartan Shield Society and you will receive member benefits.