Frequently Asked Questions
WHY AREN'T CADETS CALLING?
Since cadets are sworn in as United States Air Force personnel at the beginning of their USAFA experience, they are not legally allowed to solicit potential donors. In the absence of cadet callers, the Endowment has contracted with Ruffalo Noel Levitz, a company that offers calling services on behalf of the Air Force Academy Fund. Ruffalo Noel Levitz and the Academy have partnered together for almost a decade and Ruffalo Noel Levitz is an industry leader in third-party charitable calling.
WHAT PERCENTAGE OF THE PLEDGES DOES RUFFALO NOEL LEVITZ RECEIVE?
Ruffalo Noel Levitz does not receive any of the funds raised during the phonathon. In fact, all contributions are sent directly to the USAFA Endowment. The callers do not work on a commission, but instead Ruffalo Noel Levitz is paid a set fee for the services they provide.
WHAT IS THE ENDOWMENT'S INVOLVEMENT WITH THE AOG?
The USAFA Endowment is a separate legal entity from the Association of Graduates (AOG); however, the Endowment does provide annual support to AOG graduate programs through donations to the Air Force Academy Fund. Those gifts are intended to support AOG programs that enhance the graduate community.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE USAFA ENDOWMENT AND THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY FUND?
The USAFA Endowment is a 501c(3) nonprofit fundraising entity. The Development Office of the USAFA Endowment raises private funds to support and develop Academy programs that would not otherwise be fully funded by the government. The Air Force Academy Fund is the unrestricted annual fund managed by the USAFA Endowment staff and used to support the Academy community including programs and services for cadets, graduates, and their families. The Sabre Society is the top level of recognition for donors who make unrestricted annual gifts of $1,000 or more to the Air Force Academy Fund.
WHY DOESN'T THE GOVERNMENT PAY FOR EVERYTHING?
The government supplies the Academy with its basic funding. However, the Academy requires sustained private support to attract the best minds and provide the best educational experience. Private support does not replace the government's responsibility, but is used to create a margin of excellence that sets the Academy apart. Dollars from private donors allow the Academy to have the elite essential needs fulfilled to provide for an extraordinary experience. In the past, private dollars have helped fund character development seminars, international immersion experiences, internships, cadet clubs, and many more.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AOG MEMBERSHIP DUES AND AIR FORCE ACADEMY FUND DONATIONS?
The Association of Graduates (AOG) serves as an alumni association for the Academy, providing services to graduates and parents that include class ring maintenance, class reunions, the Parents Handbook, and many others. Through the Air Force Academy Fund, the USAFA Endowment raises private funds to support and develop AOG and Academy programs that would not otherwise be fully funded by the government. Gifts to the Air Force Academy Fund are considered charitable contributions and are therefore tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.