IS THE COUGAR COLLECTIVE AFFILIATED WITH WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY?

No, the Cougar Collective is not affiliated with the University in any way. We are a third-party non-profit corporation formed to work with WSU student-athletes. The University is prohibited by Washington state ethics laws from arranging third-party compensation for student-athletes as it relates to NIL contracts. The University is also unable to recognize or promote the Cougar Collective due to the same ethics law.

WHY AM I GIVING MONEY TO THE CC AND NOT THE CAF OR THE UNIVERSITY?

The University is prohibited by Washington State ethics law from arranging third-party compensation for student-athletes as it relates to NIL contracts and deals. Thus, the Cougar Collective, a private third-party, was formed to be a direct line of support for WSU student-athletes.

WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ATHLETE TRANSFERS OR LEAVES WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY?

Contracts are limited in time and scope to provide protection for contributor funds in situations where a student-athlete transfers.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF CONTRIBUTIONS GO TO THE ATHLETES?

Between 90 – 95%. The Cougar Collective keeps its overhead costs as low as possible, but must cover expenses related to IT, legal, marketing materials, content creation, student-athlete education, fan engagement experiences, and bookkeeping. The Board of Directors review finances on an on-going basis to ensure funds are spent in ways that maximize student-athlete’s benefit.

HOW CAN I PAUSE, CANCEL, OR CHANGE MY 1890 CLUB CONTRIBUTION?

Please contact the Cougar Collective directly at info@cougarcollective.org and we will be happy to assist.

IS MY CONTRIBUTION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?

Contributions to the Cougar Collective are not tax deductible. The IRS released a memo stating, “donations made to nonprofit NIL collectives “are not tax exempt” because the benefits they provide college athletes are “not incidental both qualitatively and quantitatively to any exempt purpose.”

 

Based on the new information from the IRS, the Cougar Collective board determined that a 501c3 application would be an unnecessary and burdensome step.

WHAT IF I’M INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING A LARGER AMOUNT?

Individuals and businesses interested in giving larger contributions to the Cougar Collective can utilize the ONE-TIME CONTRIBUTION option for any dollar amount, or you can contact us directly at info@cougarcollective.org. Large contributions can be specified for specific sports, athletes, and activations.

CAN I SELECT WHAT SPORT MY CONTRIBUTIONS SUPPORT?

Yes, anyone can utilize the COUGAR DIRECT contribution option to denote what sport and/or respective student-athletes their contributions will be earmarked for. Supporters can also contact the Cougar Collective directly to set up activations (NIL Deals) with their favorite student-athlete(s) and/or team(s).

WHAT TYPES OF NIL OPPORTUNITIES DOES THE COUGAR COLLECTIVE HELP ACTIVATE?

The Cougar Collective offers WSU student-athletes near limitless opportunities to engage in NIL activations, including: autograph signings, social media promotions, camps and clinics, charity events, special appearances, commercials, merchandise, and many more! The types of opportunities student-athletes engage in are determined by contributors, advisors, the Board of Directors, and the student-athletes themselves.

ARE THERE ANY LIMITATIONS ON NIL DEALS?

Student-athletes cannot enter into deals that promote alcohol, drugs, pharmaceuticals, political advertising, pornography, gambling or betting, or other opportunities that contradict or interfere with the mission of Washington State University. Additionally, there must be quid-pro-quo between the student-athlete and individuals or businesses. The Cougar Collective seeks to create a wide range of NIL opportunities for student-athletes that help them grow as young people and professionals, while also providing supporters with the opportunity to interact with student-athletes in unique ways.

ARE ALL STUDENT-ATHLETE OPPORTUNITIES THE SAME?

No, contracts vary based on the specific athlete and the requirements of the contributor and/or activation. Each deal is individually negotiated and agreed upon by the student-athletes. That being said, the Cougar Collective seeks to provide equal opportunities for both male and female student-athletes.

CAN I REQUEST OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE WITH CERTAIN STUDENT-ATHLETES?

Yes – businesses and individuals can request specific NIL deals with student-athletes. Contact us at info@cougarcollective.org to get started.

ARE CONTRACTS WITH STUDENT ATHLETES EXCLUSIVE?

No, contracts with student-athletes are not exclusive. We want all WSU student-athletes to thrive in the NIL environment and take advantage of every opportunity that comes their way.

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