Penn Athletics R. Tait McKenzie Society FAQ Page – Recent Ivy League Announcement
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the R. Tait McKenzie Society?
Named for Penn's first Professor of Physical Education (1904-1929), the R. Tait McKenzie Society (“RTM”) is Penn Athletics' leadership giving society. It is composed of former student-athletes, Penn alumni, current and former Penn parents, and fans of varsity and club athletic programs. Any individual who gives $2,500 or more to the Division of Recreation and Intercollegiate Athletics in a given fiscal year is qualified for membership in the RTM Society for the subsequent fiscal year. Those who direct their gift to a varsity annual fund, supporting the daily experiences of Penn student-athletes, also qualify for the University’s Benjamin Franklin Society (BFS).
Members of the R. Tait McKenzie Society are normally eligible for hospitality access at all home football games, including food and beverages one hour prior to kick off through halftime.
- How is my RTM Society membership for FY2021 impacted with no fall semester competitions?
While there will be no home football games this fall, the possibility of a spring season for all fall sports still exists, including football. Should Ivy League and Penn leadership determine that it is safe to compete in intercollegiate competition and national and local health officials determine it is safe to gather in large groups, we will host the RTM tent on each game day. If it is determined that we will not be able to play football throughout the academic year, please know that we will show our appreciation for your support by inviting you to join us in the RTM tent throughout the FY2022 home football schedule at no charge.
- With no competition in the fall semester, is my FY2020 gift able to be refunded?
No, your gift is not able to be refunded, all gifts to Penn Athletics are philanthropically driven and tax-deductible. Our RTM Society stewardship opportunities, including the hospitality tent at home football games, are a thank you provided to our most generous donors for their support in the previous fiscal year. What you are supporting has not changed: you are providing much needed financial resources to help run our programs and the immediate reward is impacting the current and future experiences of Penn student-athletes. Our goal will to be provide as much value as possible to our generous RTM donors within the constraints we will be working under.
- How does my support impact Penn Athletics, and why should I still support Penn Athletics in fiscal year 2021 (July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021)?
The Penn Athletics varsity funds are essential to the current and long-term success of Penn’s nearly 1,000 student-athletes across all 33 of its intercollegiate varsity sports. Gifts go directly to offset costs associated with academic services, mentoring and leadership programs, sports performance as well as sport specific operational costs, such as: team travel, recruiting, and equipment. The financial contributions of Penn Athletics supporters advance the mission of Penn Athletics and provide a foundation for our student-athletes during their time at Penn and well into the future.
The University appropriates roughly 40% of the entire athletics budget creating an overwhelming need for philanthropy to help close this financial gap. While expenses across Penn’s portfolio of sports will most likely decrease during the fall semester there are fixed costs associated with running an athletics department. These costs are significant and with expected revenue streams such as ticket sales, sponsorship sales and media dollars expected to decrease, we will need our Penn Athletics supporters more than ever.
- What are the other opportunities associated with my $2,500+ gift from fiscal year 2020?
With gifts totaling $2,500+ to one or more Penn Athletics varsity annual funds in fiscal year 2020, you are provided membership in the Ben Franklin Society, the University’s annual leadership giving society, for FY2021. Click here to learn more.
In addition, we will be working to provide virtual programming to RTM members in FY2021.
- As a Penn Football alumnus who participated in the “Drive to Win” initiative in FY2020, does my contribution still count for RTM Society membership in the next playable football season?
Yes, Drive to Win participants during FY2020 will be afforded the same opportunities to access the RTM hospitality tent. Should Ivy League and Penn leadership determine that it is safe to compete in intercollegiate competition and national and local health officials determine it is safe to gather in large groups, we will host the RTM tent on each game day in spring 2021. If it is determined that we will not be able to play football throughout this academic year, please know that we will show our appreciation for your support by inviting you to join us in the RTM tent throughout the FY2022 home football schedule at no charge.
- Will I be considered a donor to Penn Athletics in FY2021 if I do not renew my support?
No, you will not be considered a donor to Penn Athletics in FY2021 unless you make a gift to Penn Athletics between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. You will not be included on the Penn Athletics honor roll and will no longer be considered a consecutive year donor if you choose not to support Penn Athletics during the 2021 fiscal year.
- I have questions about tickets, who should I contact?
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