Hokie Club! Have we forgotten?

Hokies! Remember all the talk in the offseason about boosting Hokie Club donations?
Well I'm still riding high off the big win on Monday night and I'm ready for another round of donations from TKPers. I haven't seen any support for the Hokie Club (SIAP..) this week, so here's your reminder to put your money where your mouth is and reward the athletic department for a big win on Monday.

Also a reminder for those of you who signed up as Drive for 25 Ambassadors that we can be sharing our links and encouraging new Hokie Club members all month long (and frankly, all year long).
I'll share my link below, but I don't care how you donate. I just want to see the Hokie Club grow!

Hokie Club homepage

My donation from today. Any amount helps.

[Mod Edit: Remove personal referral link. Link to Hokie Club site is obviously fine. But since there are benefits based on referrals, it's a self-promotion.]

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Is ECU still on the schedule?


Ok, I'll write my regular yearly check to the College of Engineering.

Seems like giving to the football program might help them schedule better, so we could get can win games like Florida State and Notre Dame.

Just sayin'.

Edit: But any donation to Virginia Tech is to be commended. For me, the point of all of it is to help VT provide a high quality education, comparable to other great universities.

The ACC decides when we play FSU and ND - not our donations.

True, the donations just determine whether we win them or not.

Donations help determine which coach we have, which assistant coaches they have, and the budget and facilities they work with. They determine whether we have the facilities and coaching and staff to stay competitive with the schools we'd like to beat.

So if you want to win those games, donate.

Fan support, enthusiasm, and donations helped VT go from a major independent to the Big East to the ACC. If you want to keep progressing, donate.

I absolutely give to the College of Engineering first, and until recently, my giving stopped there.

Then, a friend's daughter received an athletic scholarship offer from Virginia Tech (and other schools). She's in a non-revenue sport, and really wanted to be a Hokie because of Tech's strong academic programs, compared to her other offers. She's a SC native, and one of four kids, and that athletic scholarship meant the difference between her following her Hokie dreams versus settling for less elsewhere.

So I chose to also begin supporting the Hokie Club, with my contributions earmarked for scholarship funds. Watching my friend's daughter thrive as a Hokie student-athlete has been a joy and a blessing, and while my contribution is small compared to most, I take satisfaction in investing in the lives of students for whom an athletic scholarship may be the only path to a Virginia Tech education.

It's a personal choice, and I get where you're coming from. Just thought i'd share how my own perspective has changed over time.

"Tajh Boyd over the middle . . . and it's caught for an interception! Michael Cole, lying flat on his back, ARE YOU KIDDING???"

Nice! Glad to hear your friend's daughter had the chance to head to Blacksburg - undoubtedly something worth supporting. I am yearly donating to all the places I've graduated from - the College of Engineering at Blacksburg, the College of Engineering at State College (though a significantly lesser amount), and the High School for Science and Technology at Alexandria (a bit more than the school in State College and a bit less than the school in Blacksburg).

An athletic department could join this list - but only when they conform to my draconian demands! 😈

but only when they conform to my draconian demands!

It's not like they're unreasonable.

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- The BoD

I'll throw a counter point out there. Academic programs that charge $22,500 per year (tuition + housing) don't need any of my money to be competitive. The Athletic department on the other hand absolutely needs donations to be competitive.

side note - donating to academics theoretically reduces tuition increases (yeah right) which reduces an operating expense for the athletic department

Is ECU Liberty still on the schedule?


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Is ECU still on the schedule?


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Make the check out on behalf of Florence

So you gonna write that check now?

If a tree falls in Scott Stadium does it make a sound?

To all those people who were going to give a lot of money when we won a big game:

We won a big game.

Your avatar seems especially appropriate for this comment.

Hokie fan | W&M grad

What's the minimum one could pay?

I don't think there is a minimum donation, but if you want to be a member of the Hokie Club, I think it's $100.

Here's the link: Hokie Club

Waho's suck
Uva swallows

I give $10/month

"We were at the pinnacle, and we did it for years," Foster says. He pauses, nods, takes a deep breath. "And I did it with the best guy in the business."

Just donated my $50. I'll try to get in on this "Donate for wins" thing. $50 for big wins, $25 for ACC, and $10 for small teams. Not sure what to do about losses yet though....

Virginia Tech Class of 2013
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Sailing the Eastern Seas....on a ship filled with sand....

A loss should like like $100 because it says we need help

$10 apiece for the last two VicTories

Virginia Tech Class of 2013
Mining and Minerals Engineering

Sailing the Eastern Seas....on a ship filled with sand....

I will give the Hokie Club $100 for each consecutive ECU game the day the last one is played.

Sorry Whit, my budget this month went to a TKPC membership.

That's OK. That's also a good cause, and there's always next month.

Also, for just $10/month...

I would've given this week, but my funds when to copays for the stroke I had during the third quarter Monday /s

We put the K in Kwality

I'll probably up my Hokiematic amount in January. Very convenient way to draft directly so it doesn't even factor into my budget. It's like it was never there.

Any tax attorneys in here? With the new tax code, is there a way to specify a donation is for scholarships and to forego all benefits (ie access to tickets, etc) and still be able to write it off? Or are all donations to athletics depts off the board now?

I know tax deductions aren't the only reason to donate, but it could impact how much we donate. I just haven't taken the time to look into it since the new tax code was put into place.

I don't have to take this abuse from you, I've got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.

There is, assuming you itemize.

The biggest change was a lot higher standard deduction, so many people may not need to itemize anymore.

I have done some research since I asked the question, and I'm not so sure you are correct. Other schools have created separate giving funds, and the only one they say is tax deductible is the one that doesn't give them any priority points, etc. This is frustrating as I would like to maintain my giving level with the Hokie club and receive some of the non ticket related perks. I'm not sure why this wouldn't be like the academic giving levels that come with perks such as invites to exclusive donor events, etc. Since we will still be itemizing, any sizable donation that can't be deducted will be a hard pill to swallow. I think Hokieclub needs to come out with some better direction as some other schools have done.

I don't have to take this abuse from you, I've got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.

Here's the Hokie Club guidance. It's not the best written guidance I've ever seen, but it's clear enough.

The Virginia Tech Foundation, which acts as the depository for the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, is a non-profit 501 (c)(3) organization. Your gift is tax deductible as provided by law. We acknowledge that no goods or services were provided in consideration of this contribution. Any portion of your gift that is designated to athletics may give you the right to purchase priority seating at an athletic event, and IRS rules may limit the deductible portion of that gift to 80 percent of the amount contributed. We recommend you consult your tax advisor to determine how the tax laws may affect you. A portion of your gift will be used to defray the cost of development operations.

This isn't a change, by the way.

Top 25 win = $25


I will now save my donation until 9/25

Me, too.

Let's make sure he pays the max...

My problem is I already gave for 2018. They need a giving day in early Jan for 2019 contributions.

They also aren't targeting you, as you're likely to give again next year. The true targets of these events are people like me, who haven't given yet because of one reason or another, but who now are willing and able (and, most importantly, aware).

Awesome. I'll plan to up my donation and guilt my friends that haven't that day.

Thought I had been donating for the past two years. Turns out, I had only been making 'pledges' to donate. There is no reason the process should be this confusing. I'm in my 20's so its not like computers are a foreign entity to me, the site is just bad and shows a lack of effort. The payment page on HokieClub dot com looks like a relic from the Myspace era (aka, the last time uva beat Virginia Tech).

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson

The Hokie Club's lack of outreach and lack of presence on social media is also abysmal. It's like their management doesn't actually care about getting more members.

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson

They are on twitter and Facebook. They slowed down slightly when they lost the 5 employees in quick succession but still retweet a lot and post unique tweets at least once a week. They also respond quickly to messages on there.
They also need a new direction I think. I'm hoping when they finally fully staff back up we see more outreach.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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The Hokie Club twitter page has 6,166 Followers, and the Tidewater Hokie Club has 366 Followers. For comparison, VT Football has 168,000 followers, TheKeyPlay has over 18,100, and just for shits and giggles the Wolfpack Club has over 15,200. It doesn't cost any money to simply follow an account. Retweeting a bunch of accounts that 99% of VT fans are already following accomplishes nothing. Look at how much The Athletic used twitter to promote themselves. One unique tweet a week is simply a lack of effort. All it takes is giving some witty undergrad access to the account and letting them go all @belkbowl with it.

Look, all I'm saying is that they're missing out on some serious free self-promo. I'm an avid Virginia Tech follower. I have been and will again be a Hokie Club member (once I successfully figure out how to donate haha). In order to reach people not like me, who are going to seek out ways to support the athletic program regardless, Facebook and Twitter are great ways to reach out to the couple hundred thousand of alumni that are maybe less dedicated.

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I agree with this. When I first began making monthly donations, it took MONTHS for them to acknowledge my donations. Eventually they sent me a welcome package and sticker for my car. It has gotten somewhat better, but still not a ton of outreach.

"We were at the pinnacle, and we did it for years," Foster says. He pauses, nods, takes a deep breath. "And I did it with the best guy in the business."

And this is for someone who already donated. Imagine the outreach effort put in for the people that haven't donated.

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson

The academic colleges have better outreach other than they need to learn that I won't answer a phone call at 9pm on a Friday night.

Yeeeeaaaaahhhh... The individual colleges aren't calling you, its a student/alum calling from the VT Alumni offices looking at a computer screen that tells them enough information about you so that you think its a personal call. One second they're calling on behalf of the College of Engineering, the next its Agriculture, and each has their buzzwords of the week to cover.

"Some days you’re a horse and some days you’re a horse’s ass. I’ve been a horse’s ass for a little while." - Roy Halladay

They aren't calling from the VT Alumni offices, they're calling from the VT call center in University Mall, right next to the Empo. Unless the call center moved.

Oh I know that, but the colleges are at least employing people to call. It's just annoying that they usually call at 8/9pm. Probably would be better for them to send an email than try to call honestly.

So they really could use your donations.

You're right though, they should be able to get something together that's more intuitive in this day and age.

Trust me I know, thats why I'm donating, but there are people that are going to be much less willing to jump through the hoops in order to do so.

"Go Hokies!" - Thomas Jefferson

Their customer service is absolutely atrocious. As a season ticket holder and continuous supporter since Babcock was hired I received no email notification that Notre Dame tickets went on sale to supporters. I called in and got nothing but a "whoops, our bad". That really aggravated me.

I know a pair of season ticket holders that are traveling to every Tech game this season. They are diehards that in-part helped the fan base develop a reputation for Tech traveling well. I've seen their questions and feedback via social social ignored by Tech's official accounts. That's bad customer service. Tech needs to understand every interaction is a chance to wow a customer (Hokie Club member) or prospect and treat it is an opportunity.

Long story short, the overall approach leaves a lot to be desired. I still encourage all Hokies to support the athletic department because it will help yield better on-the-field results. However, it's still salesmanship and customer service. Make people feel good about supporting your organization.

They sold Individual Notre Dame tickets?

Son of a B....

Yeah, you'd think they'd have at least mentioned this to long-time Hokie Club members. I'm not a season ticket holder, so my yearly contribution should at least get me on the notification list for that sort of thing. It's the one benefit that I'd appreciate, and it would cost them NOTHING other than seeing me in town for the occasional game.

I get tons of emails from the ticket office, but they may be due to opt-in subscriptions. I got an email back on 1/28/2017 titled "Update Your VT Athletics Email Preferences" and a link to my personal email subscription page with 20+ opt-in lists for various tickets and individual sports teams. They probably should send something out more regularly to remind people and give them option of updating their preferences....

Try searching through your email for any email from sender: updates[at]email.hokiesports.com ... Assuming you have an email (the latest one I got was actually just earlier today, about bowl tickets), scroll to the bottom of it and there should be a sentence "Edit which communications you would like to receive by clicking here." That will take you to the subscription page where you can edit the 20+ options. I would just give you the url but it looks like it's user specific.

What's funny is that I currently get more stuff from Georgia Tech and Notre Dame than VT, so you're probably right about some kind of opt in list.

Yeah, it must be opt-in. I did a quick search in my email and counted 20 emails that I received between February and August about buying season tickets, mobile pass mini-plans, 3-game mini-plans, and/or single game tickets. I got at least 4 reminders if not more on each of those ticketing options.

Like you (and I'm sure many others), I think I'm on the ticketing distro for every ACC school, ECU, ODU, etc. I'm still on UMD's list and almost unsubscribed, but you know 2026 will be here before we know it ...

Has anyone on here directly contacted/emailed Whit and addressed these concerns to him? Or is he the wrong person to be contacting?

Regarding ticketing process/communications, I think the appropriate person would be Brad Wurthman

Shut it down

Yes because that's what will make the team better.

Wet stuff on the red stuff.

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It's just really unfortunate that the drive for 25 day will follow this loss

same thought crossed my mind. i'd guess todays loss will drop overall donations by a significant amount.