Contributions directly impact Liberty’s 550 student-athletes and the Athletics Department. Contributions help to underwrite scholarship, travel, and stadium maintenance expenses.
What is the difference between a sport-specific gift and an annual fund contribution?
A sport-specific gift goes directly to the excellence fund of the sport of your choosing. These funds are used at the discretion of the coach of that sport with the approval of the Athletics Director. Annual Fund contributions are unrestricted gifts to the Athletics Department. Annual Fund gifts qualify donors for ticket and parking benefits, while sport-specific gifts do not.
When can I join?
Now! As benefits are tied to the year in which you will be a member, you can renew or join for the current academic year with benefits from football – baseball, or for next year at any time.
I’m already a season ticket holder, what are the benefits of joining the Flames Club?
First, you’re helping to support Training Champions for Christ through athletics. Liberty Athletics has a broad reach that supports the mission of the University. Season ticket holders who donate at least at the Eagle Level ($120) will receive priority parking benefits for each sport that they have season tickets to, subject to availability along with many other benefits. Learn more on our Benefits Page.
Is the membership per person or will benefits apply to my whole family?
Membership benefits apply to your entire family. Each level has limits regarding how many tickets you can purchase in priority. For more information on those please see our Flames Club Brochure. Memberships can also be owned by a corporation or business.
Does the membership have to be paid all at once?
No, Flames Club Memberships can either be paid in full, set up as a payment plan, or pledged. 2021 Annual Fund pledges must be paid in full by June 1, 2022 unless you are receiving season tickets. If you purchased season tickets, then your membership is due by the following deadlines:
Football – 50% due by Aug. 1, 2021
Basketball – 100% due by Oct. 1, 2021
Baseball – 100% due by Feb. 1, 2022
Beginning with the 2022 Annual Fund, 100% of your Flames Club Membership balance will be due by Aug. 1.
Are Flames Club donations tax-deductible?
Under the federal tax law, effective Jan. 1, 2018, the portion of a contribution that qualifies a donor for seating privileges is no longer tax-deductible. Gifts to the Flames Club, for which a donor elects to waive privileges, maintain the potential for tax deductibility. Please consult your tax advisor regarding how these options may affect your individual tax situation. If you have any questions regarding your giving summary, please contact our Donor Services department at (800) 628-7978. If any of these donations come from an IRA rollover account, you should consult your tax advisor.
When do my Flames Club benefits expire?
Flames Club benefits run during the school year, not the calendar year. For example, 2021 Annual Fund memberships will carry benefits from July 2021 through June 2022. This covers the 2021 Football, 2021-22 Basketball, and 2022 Baseball seasons for ticketing and parking benefits.
Are there any benefits of joining the Flames Club, outside of ticket privileges?
Yes! Flames Club members will also receive a gift with their membership, our weekly Light ‘Em Up Flames Club email, and various other opportunities and Flames Club only events throughout the year. Members also receive priority for away game tickets at regular-season events, conference championships, NCAA Tournament and bowl games.
Can I mail a check for my Flames Club donation?
Yes! Checks can be made out to “Liberty Flames Club” and can be mailed to:
1971 University Blvd.
Lynchburg, VA 24515
What membership level do I have to be to qualify for parking privileges?
Flames Club Members must be at the Eagle Level ($120) or higher and have season tickets to receive parking privileges.
Can I share a membership?
No. Memberships are owned by an individual or a family. Only those individuals whose name the membership is under will be able to use Loyalty Points. A membership cannot be sold, shared, or passed on outside of a household upon death.
Is my Flames Club donation refundable?
No, because Flames Club Memberships are donations, they are not refundable, regardless of whether or not ticket benefits are used.
I work at Liberty, is there a discount on membership?
No, however, Faculty and staff at Liberty do receive specially priced season tickets.
Does the Flames Club give credit for in-kind gifts?
Yes, gifts-in-kind will be accepted on a case by case basis. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Does the Flames Club accept gifts of stock or bonds?
I used to be a Flames Club member, is there anything specific I need to do to re-join?
If you were a member prior to 2018 and haven’t been a member since, please notify us at the time you join, so we can pull into our database any historical information. Provided you don’t have any unpaid pledges from previous years, there is nothing else you need to do. If you do have an outstanding pledge, you will need to complete that pledge before receiving benefits (season tickets and parking) for the current year.