Ways to Give

The USA Rugby Trust is dedicated to creating a sustainable revenue stream through philanthropic activity to support USA Rugby and its programs. There are many ways you can support the USA Rugby Trust. For more information on the types of gifts we can receive, please view our Gift Acceptance Policy.


How to Give

Direct Giving

Credit card donations may be given online by clicking here or by calling 720-508-8025. Check donations can be mailed to:

USA Rugby Trust
2655 Crescent Drive, Unit A
Lafayette, CO 80026

American Express - Give Points

Members Give allows American Express cardholders to redeem Membership Rewards Points to make donations toward charitable organizations. USA Rugby Trust will receive $10 for every 1,000 points donated through Members Give. You may even dedicate your donation to a loved one through their website, or designate your donation to a specific program. Click here to promote the passion of rugby by donating your American Express Reward Points.


Matching Gifts

Many businesses will match a portion of employee donations or volunteer hours. Check with your employer for more details.


Combined Federal Gifts

USA Rugby participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of Sports Charities USA. The CFC is a workplace giving campaign that includes all federal employees: civilian employees, military personnel and postal workers. The campaign season runs from September through December each year and solicits approximately 4 million federal employees in 260 locations. Federal employees pledge $270 million annually to support local, national and international community-service needs.

To help build champions on and off the pitch with your CFC contribution, designate USA Rugby, CFC #10585, on your campaign pledge card.


Memorial and Honorary Gifts

If your life or the life of someone close to you has been profoundly impacted through rugby, consider making a gift to honor that person.

An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs or an upcoming project. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax.

Another alternative is to include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or (more commonly) a percentage of your estate will pass to us at your death in honor of your loved one.

Whichever method you choose, you have the ability to endow your gift so that it lasts forever. Endowments are structured so that you designate the purpose of your gift. Your gift is invested with and becomes part of our endowment and a distribution is made each year. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will support our mission in perpetuity.


Bequest

Making a bequest is one of the easiest ways to make a lasting and meaningful gift to the USA Rugby Trust. Bequests can also benefit you, the donor. You can often avoid estate tax through this type of gift.

Including the USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan is easy. Ask your estate-planning professional to include the following language in your will:

"I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to USA Rugby Trust [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."


Corporate Gifts

USA Rugby Trust is always looking to partner with businesses seeking to make a philanthropic impact on the sport of rugby in the United States.


Special Events

Attend or host a USA Rugby Trust event. Click here for details.


What to Give - Gifts for today

Cash

Gifts of cash through currency, credit card, or check allow the Trust the greatest flexibility for funding the most critical areas in need at the time of your gift.


Stocks and Securities

This is a great option for donors who are looking to make an impactful gift to USA Rugby Trust while also receiving tax benefits. Shares that have been held for a year or more and are directly transferred to USA Rugby Trust help you avoid the capital gains tax you would otherwise incur by converting the stock to cash. You can also deduct the fair-market value of the stock on your taxes, regardless of what you paid for it.


Closely Held Stocks

Closely held stock is shares in a C Corporation, of which the majority of stock is held by a few shareholders. A gift of closely held stock can be a powerful way to contribute to our future. Because there is no market to resell these shares, we may present the stock to your corporation for redemption, which could be paid for with your company's retained earnings. This gift provides us with much-needed funds once we can liquidate your stock and gives you an income tax deduction in an amount equal to the fair market value of your stock. Through this type of gift, neither you nor the Trust will owe capital gains taxes on the shares you donate. You will also qualify to an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the stock.


Tangible Personal Property

Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether or not the organization that receives the property will use it in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose.

Related use property is deductible at the full fair market value. Example: a piece of artwork is donated to an art museum (other than for sale by the museum).

The deduction for nonrelated use personal property is limited to the lesser of fair market value or the donor's tax basis in the property.


Real Estate

Property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity. There are many ways your real estate can directly impact the work of the USA Rugby Trust.


Bargain Sale

A bargain sale is when you sell real estate that you've owned for more than one year to us for less than its current fair market value, subject to our agreement. After we purchase your property, three things happen: 1) You receive a cash payment from us for the sale price, 2) you receive a charitable deduction for the difference between the sale price and the higher fair market value, and 3) we receive the property at a bargain price. You benefit financially, and so do we.


Life Insurance

When you own a life insurance policy with accumulated cash value, you're essentially sitting on a pile of money. When the original purpose for the protection no longer applies--such as to educate children now grown or to provide financial security for a spouse now deceased--your life insurance can be redirected to help support a worthwhile cause. You can name USA Rugby Trust as the beneficiary and also assign us ownership of the policy as a current charitable gift. Doing so provides you an income tax charitable deduction (under most circumstances). You realize a tax savings from use of the deduction, and these savings can be invested for future income. You also reduce your future estate tax liability.

Perhaps you don't own an existing policy but still realize how beneficial giving life insurance can be. In most states, you can purchase a new insurance policy and name USA Rugby Trust as the beneficiary and owner of the policy. Rather than paying premiums to the insurance company, you make tax-deductible cash gifts to cover the annual premiums. Even greater leverage is possible when two donors, usually spouses, purchase a two-life second-to-die policy. With two lifetimes before the payment of death benefits, a future gift to us will cost you even less.


What to Give - Gifts for Tomorrow

Planned Giving

Leaving a gift to the USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan is the perfect way to leave a legacy that will continue to build champions on and off the pitch. Not only will your gift bring rugby to future generations of players, but including the Trust in your estate plan may provide an immediate tax deduction, capital gains tax avoidance, or future tax benefits to your heirs.

Donors who include the USA Rugby Trust in their estate or planned gift become members of our Legacy Society. In addition to the regular benefits enjoyed by all Trust donors, Legacy Society Members are recognized and honored each year at an international test match hosted by USA Rugby.

Have you already included USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan? Let us know so we can include you in the Legacy Society and thank you for your generosity.


Cash

Gifts of cash through currency, credit card, or check allow the Trust the greatest flexibility for funding the most critical areas in need at the time of your gift.


Stocks and Securities

This is a great option for donors who are looking to make an impactful gift to USA Rugby Trust while also receiving tax benefits. Shares that have been held for a year or more and are directly transferred to USA Rugby Trust help you avoid the capital gains tax you would otherwise incur by converting the stock to cash. You can also deduct the fair-market value of the stock on your taxes, regardless of what you paid for it.


Closely Held Stocks

Closely held stock is shares in a C Corporation, of which the majority of stock is held by a few shareholders. A gift of closely held stock can be a powerful way to contribute to our future. Because there is no market to resell these shares, we may present the stock to your corporation for redemption, which could be paid for with your company's retained earnings. This gift provides us with much-needed funds once we can liquidate your stock and gives you an income tax deduction in an amount equal to the fair market value of your stock. Through this type of gift, neither you nor the Trust will owe capital gains taxes on the shares you donate. You will also qualify to an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the stock.


Tangible Personal Property

Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether or not the organization that receives the property will use it in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose.

Related use property is deductible at the full fair market value. Example: a piece of artwork is donated to an art museum (other than for sale by the museum).

The deduction for nonrelated use personal property is limited to the lesser of fair market value or the donor's tax basis in the property.


Life Insurance

Once a life insurance policy has served its original objective, you might consider giving it a new life with a charitable purpose. Naming the USA Rugby Trust as beneficiary while retaining ownership of the policy is the easiest way to use life insurance to make a future gift. Here are your two main options:

  • You can name the USA Rugby Trust either as the sole beneficiary or a partial beneficiary of your policy.
  • You can name us as the contingent beneficiary, in which case we receive the death benefits only if your primary beneficiary dies before you do.

Naming us the beneficiary of your life insurance policy provides you the satisfaction of making a very generous donation and leveraging the full value of your policy. Alternatively, when a life insurance beneficiary is not a qualified charity, the amount your loved ones receive in the end could potentially be less due to estate taxes. But when you name the USA Rugby Trust as beneficiary, we receive the full amount and estate taxes are eliminated. While you won't receive a charitable income tax benefit during your lifetime, your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction.


Real Estate

Property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity. There are many ways your real estate can directly impact the work of the USA Rugby Trust.

Flip Charitable Remainder Trust - Such a trust can be set up to make lifetime payments to you or any other recipient you name starting after the property is sold. At your death, your charity of choice receives the remainder in the trust.

When you donate property to a charitable remainder trust, you can benefit in these ways:

  • Eliminate up-front capital gains tax on the increase in the property's value since you bought it.
  • Receive an immediate income tax deduction for the value of the remainder interest.
  • Receive income from the trust for the rest of your life once the property is sold.
  • Reduce the cost of probate--the legal process of administering your estate after your death--by eliminating the property from your estate.
  • Relieve yourself of selling or maintaining your property.
  • Make a significant gift that we can access after your lifetime.

Include Us in Your Will or Trust - You can also make a gift of real estate in your will or living trust. Because a gift in your will or trust is revocable (that is, you can change it at any time during your life), you will not be able to take an income tax deduction during your lifetime, but the property is eligible for a charitable estate tax deduction upon your death. Another option is to bequeath full title to an individual as long as that person survives you. If not, the USA Rugby Trust would receive the property.

If you don't need to make a new will or trust now for any reason, ask your attorney to draw a brief codicil or trust amendment for this purpose.


Retirement Plan Assets

If you have a retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401k, 403(b) or Keough, you can designate USA Rugby Trust as a beneficiary of part or all of your plan. Because these plans have assets that have yet to be taxed, they could be taxed at up to 35 percent if you leave them to a loved one, which may be reason enough to consider giving your loves ones less heavily taxed assets.


Our Legal Name and Tax ID

All charitable gifts should be directed to

USA Rugby Trust
2655 Crescent Drive, Unit A
Lafayette, CO 80026

Federal Tax ID: 85-0486679

Areas of Need

The USA Rugby Trust identifies a handful of projects each year that focus on rugby outreach and development, nutrition, and safety. Below is a description of the different areas where your gift can make a difference.

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Greatest Need

Unrestricted gifts are the most impactful because they are able to be directed to wherever the need is greatest. These gifts support youth rugby and coaching programs as well as outreach and granting programs that foster and grow the game in communities across the country.


Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund

This program provides an annual scholarship for promising referees to spend an entire season in a major international rugby community. Participants in this program will receive a real cultural experience; living the life of a young referee, working and refereeing alongside his/her peers, addressing the same challenges, and receiving the same opportunities.


National Teams

Whether you are looking to support future Olympic hopefuls through 7s or the longstanding tradition of XVs, your gift will help identify, train, and support future rugby heroes. Which National Teams can you directly support?

Young Professionals Advisory Board

Overview

The Young Professionals Advisory Board of USA Rugby Trust (YPAB) has one primary goal: to support USA Rugby, from youth programs to the national teams. The Board accomplishes this goal by donating our time, treasure, and talent to the national body, with a focus on attracting young professionals aged 21-39. YPAB events include watch parties, happy hours, training clinics, and other events conducted in rugby hub cities across the United States.

YPAB is looking for talented and driven young professionals to join the Board! To submit an application, please click the button below. For further information, please email president.ypab@usarugby.org.


Apply to Join the Board

The Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) is looking for talented and driven young professionals with a passion for developing rugby in the United States. YPAB works directly with the Board of USA Rugby Trust to provide financial and advisory support, grow awareness of the Trust, plan and host local events in cities across the United States and more. YPAB terms last for two years.

To apply to become a member of YPAB, complete the application. Please contact president.ypab@usarugby.org with any questions.

Apply


Meet the Board


Matthew Ford
Matthew Ford
President

Matthew N. Ford is President of the Young Professionals Advisory Board. He got his rugby start young, growing up to ex-pat parents in New Jersey. His first time on the pitch was at Colgate, and he never looked back. Matt is committed to providing the support needed to develop our national team, starting with kids rugby and finishing with the Olympic and World Cup squads! Matt is also connected with Play Rugby USA, the Colgate Rugby Alliance, and the Rugby Referee Society of New York. He lives in NYC, and works in private education.


Erin Sinclair
Erin Sinclair
Vice President

Erin Sinclair is the Vice-President of the Young Professionals Advisory Board. To her, rugby is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle. Erin has played since 2002, is a certified USA Rugby referee, on the board of the Chicago Rugby Business Network and helped found the Heartland Rugby Leadership Academy. She also volunteers her time with the Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) and Rugby Illinois, the youth association.

While rugby is Erin’s passion, her profession is financial education and fortunately her career allows them to coincide! She aptly calls it Financial Fitness by Rugby Gal! It is her goal to grow financial awareness grassroots, the same way rugby has grown in America. Through holistic financial planning, Erin hopes to give back to the rugby community as much as rugby has given to her.


Cameron Gould Saltman
Cameron Gould Saltman
Secretary

Cameron Gould Saltman has always taken to growing the sport of rugby both on and off the field throughout his somewhat limited rugby career. Cameron played rugby with the Los Angeles Cougars before attending The Ohio State University, where he played for three years. Upon graduation, he became certified as a referee in New York City, and balanced refereeing men's and women's games while developing youth rugby players with Play Rugby USA.

Cameron is now a resident of Seattle, one of the hotbeds of the sport in the nation, where he founded both the Seattle Rugby Business Network and the Amazon Rugby Business Network. He looks to continue to expand his network in the Northwest and support the USA national squads every chance he gets.


Richard Collins
Rick Collins

Richard (Rick) Collins has decided to expand his rugby horizon by creating more awareness of the sport in the DFW area through his knowledge of the sport, entrepreneurial skills, leadership experience and problem-solving experience. This sport deserves our respect and our commitment to brightening its place in the landscape of sports in the United States and around the world. Rick grew up playing all sports except rugby, including soccer through JV in high school, basketball through varsity in college, football through varsity in college, and baseball up to high school. He became aware of rugby in graduate school at SMU Cox School of Business, where he became the Cox Rugby Club President for two years and established the club that still runs smoothly today. He joined the Dallas Harlequins in 2007 and has played for eight of the past nine years and been a member of the Executive Board as Vice President of Operations, which he has held until today. He wants to pass on the passion he has for a sport that he wishes he had discovered earlier and also wants to teach the values he learned through the sport to the next generation.


Jarrod Ford
Jarrod Ford

Jarrod Ford began his rugby career at Babson College in Massachusetts where he played for four years and served on the leadership for three. Since his sophomore year, Jarrod has been officiating and has continued post-graduation. He hopes that rugby in the United States will grow at the youth level through increased numbers and quality of coaches and officials, as well as the expansion of youth leagues across the country, thereby expanding the opportunities for more people to be exposed to and benefit from the values of the sport. Jarrod is currently working in sales for an enterprise software company in Cambridge, MA, and officiating for the New England Rugby Referee Society. When he isn’t on the pitch, you can find him cycling, hiking, and fly fishing.


Eric Hile
Eric Hile

Eric Hile began his rugby career after his stent of active duty time in the Marine Corps while attending the University of Alabama. While there Eric was able to play as an outside and inside center as well as flanker and 8 man. Upon graduating Eric moved back to North Carolina and helped found the Clayton Rugby Football Club in Clayton, NC. The team was able to stay in D4 during its first few years and have now bumped up to D3 and are slated to help win the Carolinas. Eric has been part of the Deep South All Star Team and USA South Rugby Team during his six years of rugby. He also helped coach and guide the middle school and high school teams in Clayton. Eric hopes to continue the growth of the sport in the Carolinas as well as across the east coast to make it the biggest sport in the nation.


Erin Kennedy
Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy has worked in sports administration for more than eight years and currently leads Rugby Canada's Mass Participation Rugby Programs. Kennedy brings experience from her time with USA Rugby as a Youth Development Manager where she managed participation programs like Rookie Rugby and pioneered Try on Rugby, the female-specific development program for rugby across the United States. Kennedy has also worked for Rugby America's North, developing youth rugby and women's rugby programs in the Caribbean and Mexico. She went on to coordinate programs for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, focusing on the Youth Olympic Games. Kennedy is also a World Rugby Educator, has played for multiple teams in the US and abroad, as well as coached at the youth, high school, and adult club levels. She holds a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology, is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee, and is a passionate advocate for the growth of youth and women's rugby in North America.


Chase Langdon
Chase Langdon

Chase Langdon was first exposed to rugby back in high school after a summer trip to Australia. Enamored by the sport, he started a school club in New Jersey which unfortunately had to fold after just a semester. After college Chase interned with the US Olympic Committee’s Coach Development department where he worked with many NGBs to develop and improve their coach education structure. During his time at the US Olympic Committee he volunteered for USA Rugby and rediscovered the sport. Eventually Chase moved to Boulder, CO where he worked full time for USA Rugby organizing coach education courses. While living in Boulder, Chase played for Boulder RFC and served as match secretary. Chase currently lives in San Francisco working for WME|IMG in their Global Partnerships, Strategy and Activation department focusing primarily on Visa’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games.


Lucas Marquardt
Lucas Marquardt

Lucas Marquardt took up rugby in college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he majored in Finance and Information Systems. He continued playing rugby at the club level in Colorado and San Diego, where he worked as a professional finance consultant at BearingPoint, Inc. Lucas's desire to pursue an advanced degree took him to Sydney, Australia, in 2004 to attend the University of Technology, Sydney. Whilst studying at UTS, Lucas played rugby for the Randwick Galloping Greens and toured New Zealand in 2005. Since his return to the US, Lucas has worked as a finance consultant to start up and emerging companies and ultimately ended up back in Denver in 2009. At present, he continues to indulge his passions for entrepreneurial business and the game of rugby while enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.


Drew Meyers
Drew Meyers

Drew Meyers first picked up a rugby ball the fall of his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. He subbed into his first game during a late defensive stand against defending national champs, Dartmouth, and immediately became convinced of the game's uniqueness. Drew spent the next four years playing prop, hooker and flanker for Penn Rugby. He served as Recruitment Chairman, working to introduce the game to former high school athletes and Social Chairman, working to raise the profile of the club to increase community and school support. Drew hopes to continue supporting rugby's growth in the United States by organizing events and developing targeted communications in the New York City community.


Bradley Yandle
Bradley Yandle

Bradley Yandle began getting involved in rugby ten years ago while deployed on ship in the Marines. Once at university he continued playing and took on more administrative responsibilities to help push the club forward. After playing at Ole Miss and various levels of collegiate and men’s rugby, Bradley moved to Texas, where you will find him playing for the Austin Blacks across all three divisions and continuing to work behind the scenes conducting marketing and fundraising for his club. Bradley is determined to bring a positive impact to any organization he has the honor to work with, and he will continue to be an ambassador for our great game through his passion and love for rugby.


  • Ways to Give

    Ways to Give

    The USA Rugby Trust is dedicated to creating a sustainable revenue stream through philanthropic activity to support USA Rugby and its programs. There are many ways you can support the USA Rugby Trust. For more information on the types of gifts we can receive, please view our Gift Acceptance Policy.


    How to Give

    Direct Giving

    Credit card donations may be given online by clicking here or by calling 720-508-8025. Check donations can be mailed to:

    USA Rugby Trust
    2655 Crescent Drive, Unit A
    Lafayette, CO 80026

    American Express - Give Points

    Members Give allows American Express cardholders to redeem Membership Rewards Points to make donations toward charitable organizations. USA Rugby Trust will receive $10 for every 1,000 points donated through Members Give. You may even dedicate your donation to a loved one through their website, or designate your donation to a specific program. Click here to promote the passion of rugby by donating your American Express Reward Points.


    Matching Gifts

    Many businesses will match a portion of employee donations or volunteer hours. Check with your employer for more details.


    Combined Federal Gifts

    USA Rugby participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of Sports Charities USA. The CFC is a workplace giving campaign that includes all federal employees: civilian employees, military personnel and postal workers. The campaign season runs from September through December each year and solicits approximately 4 million federal employees in 260 locations. Federal employees pledge $270 million annually to support local, national and international community-service needs.

    To help build champions on and off the pitch with your CFC contribution, designate USA Rugby, CFC #10585, on your campaign pledge card.


    Memorial and Honorary Gifts

    If your life or the life of someone close to you has been profoundly impacted through rugby, consider making a gift to honor that person.

    An outright gift can help fund our immediate needs or an upcoming project. The financial benefits include an income tax deduction and possible elimination of capital gains tax.

    Another alternative is to include a bequest in your will or living trust stating that a specific asset, certain dollar amount or (more commonly) a percentage of your estate will pass to us at your death in honor of your loved one.

    Whichever method you choose, you have the ability to endow your gift so that it lasts forever. Endowments are structured so that you designate the purpose of your gift. Your gift is invested with and becomes part of our endowment and a distribution is made each year. Because the principal remains intact, the fund will support our mission in perpetuity.


    Bequest

    Making a bequest is one of the easiest ways to make a lasting and meaningful gift to the USA Rugby Trust. Bequests can also benefit you, the donor. You can often avoid estate tax through this type of gift.

    Including the USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan is easy. Ask your estate-planning professional to include the following language in your will:

    "I, [name], of [city, state, ZIP], give, devise and bequeath to USA Rugby Trust [written amount or percentage of the estate or description of property] for its unrestricted use and purpose."


    Corporate Gifts

    USA Rugby Trust is always looking to partner with businesses seeking to make a philanthropic impact on the sport of rugby in the United States.


    Special Events

    Attend or host a USA Rugby Trust event. Click here for details.


    What to Give - Gifts for today

    Cash

    Gifts of cash through currency, credit card, or check allow the Trust the greatest flexibility for funding the most critical areas in need at the time of your gift.


    Stocks and Securities

    This is a great option for donors who are looking to make an impactful gift to USA Rugby Trust while also receiving tax benefits. Shares that have been held for a year or more and are directly transferred to USA Rugby Trust help you avoid the capital gains tax you would otherwise incur by converting the stock to cash. You can also deduct the fair-market value of the stock on your taxes, regardless of what you paid for it.


    Closely Held Stocks

    Closely held stock is shares in a C Corporation, of which the majority of stock is held by a few shareholders. A gift of closely held stock can be a powerful way to contribute to our future. Because there is no market to resell these shares, we may present the stock to your corporation for redemption, which could be paid for with your company's retained earnings. This gift provides us with much-needed funds once we can liquidate your stock and gives you an income tax deduction in an amount equal to the fair market value of your stock. Through this type of gift, neither you nor the Trust will owe capital gains taxes on the shares you donate. You will also qualify to an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the stock.


    Tangible Personal Property

    Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether or not the organization that receives the property will use it in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose.

    Related use property is deductible at the full fair market value. Example: a piece of artwork is donated to an art museum (other than for sale by the museum).

    The deduction for nonrelated use personal property is limited to the lesser of fair market value or the donor's tax basis in the property.


    Real Estate

    Property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity. There are many ways your real estate can directly impact the work of the USA Rugby Trust.


    Bargain Sale

    A bargain sale is when you sell real estate that you've owned for more than one year to us for less than its current fair market value, subject to our agreement. After we purchase your property, three things happen: 1) You receive a cash payment from us for the sale price, 2) you receive a charitable deduction for the difference between the sale price and the higher fair market value, and 3) we receive the property at a bargain price. You benefit financially, and so do we.


    Life Insurance

    When you own a life insurance policy with accumulated cash value, you're essentially sitting on a pile of money. When the original purpose for the protection no longer applies--such as to educate children now grown or to provide financial security for a spouse now deceased--your life insurance can be redirected to help support a worthwhile cause. You can name USA Rugby Trust as the beneficiary and also assign us ownership of the policy as a current charitable gift. Doing so provides you an income tax charitable deduction (under most circumstances). You realize a tax savings from use of the deduction, and these savings can be invested for future income. You also reduce your future estate tax liability.

    Perhaps you don't own an existing policy but still realize how beneficial giving life insurance can be. In most states, you can purchase a new insurance policy and name USA Rugby Trust as the beneficiary and owner of the policy. Rather than paying premiums to the insurance company, you make tax-deductible cash gifts to cover the annual premiums. Even greater leverage is possible when two donors, usually spouses, purchase a two-life second-to-die policy. With two lifetimes before the payment of death benefits, a future gift to us will cost you even less.


    What to Give - Gifts for Tomorrow

    Planned Giving

    Leaving a gift to the USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan is the perfect way to leave a legacy that will continue to build champions on and off the pitch. Not only will your gift bring rugby to future generations of players, but including the Trust in your estate plan may provide an immediate tax deduction, capital gains tax avoidance, or future tax benefits to your heirs.

    Donors who include the USA Rugby Trust in their estate or planned gift become members of our Legacy Society. In addition to the regular benefits enjoyed by all Trust donors, Legacy Society Members are recognized and honored each year at an international test match hosted by USA Rugby.

    Have you already included USA Rugby Trust in your estate plan? Let us know so we can include you in the Legacy Society and thank you for your generosity.


    Cash

    Gifts of cash through currency, credit card, or check allow the Trust the greatest flexibility for funding the most critical areas in need at the time of your gift.


    Stocks and Securities

    This is a great option for donors who are looking to make an impactful gift to USA Rugby Trust while also receiving tax benefits. Shares that have been held for a year or more and are directly transferred to USA Rugby Trust help you avoid the capital gains tax you would otherwise incur by converting the stock to cash. You can also deduct the fair-market value of the stock on your taxes, regardless of what you paid for it.


    Closely Held Stocks

    Closely held stock is shares in a C Corporation, of which the majority of stock is held by a few shareholders. A gift of closely held stock can be a powerful way to contribute to our future. Because there is no market to resell these shares, we may present the stock to your corporation for redemption, which could be paid for with your company's retained earnings. This gift provides us with much-needed funds once we can liquidate your stock and gives you an income tax deduction in an amount equal to the fair market value of your stock. Through this type of gift, neither you nor the Trust will owe capital gains taxes on the shares you donate. You will also qualify to an income tax deduction for the full appraised value of the stock.


    Tangible Personal Property

    Many items of tangible personal property make suitable charitable gifts. The available tax deduction depends on whether or not the organization that receives the property will use it in a way that is related to its tax-exempt purpose.

    Related use property is deductible at the full fair market value. Example: a piece of artwork is donated to an art museum (other than for sale by the museum).

    The deduction for nonrelated use personal property is limited to the lesser of fair market value or the donor's tax basis in the property.


    Life Insurance

    Once a life insurance policy has served its original objective, you might consider giving it a new life with a charitable purpose. Naming the USA Rugby Trust as beneficiary while retaining ownership of the policy is the easiest way to use life insurance to make a future gift. Here are your two main options:

    • You can name the USA Rugby Trust either as the sole beneficiary or a partial beneficiary of your policy.
    • You can name us as the contingent beneficiary, in which case we receive the death benefits only if your primary beneficiary dies before you do.

    Naming us the beneficiary of your life insurance policy provides you the satisfaction of making a very generous donation and leveraging the full value of your policy. Alternatively, when a life insurance beneficiary is not a qualified charity, the amount your loved ones receive in the end could potentially be less due to estate taxes. But when you name the USA Rugby Trust as beneficiary, we receive the full amount and estate taxes are eliminated. While you won't receive a charitable income tax benefit during your lifetime, your estate will receive an estate tax charitable deduction.


    Real Estate

    Property opens the door to a unique giving opportunity. There are many ways your real estate can directly impact the work of the USA Rugby Trust.

    Flip Charitable Remainder Trust - Such a trust can be set up to make lifetime payments to you or any other recipient you name starting after the property is sold. At your death, your charity of choice receives the remainder in the trust.

    When you donate property to a charitable remainder trust, you can benefit in these ways:

    • Eliminate up-front capital gains tax on the increase in the property's value since you bought it.
    • Receive an immediate income tax deduction for the value of the remainder interest.
    • Receive income from the trust for the rest of your life once the property is sold.
    • Reduce the cost of probate--the legal process of administering your estate after your death--by eliminating the property from your estate.
    • Relieve yourself of selling or maintaining your property.
    • Make a significant gift that we can access after your lifetime.

    Include Us in Your Will or Trust - You can also make a gift of real estate in your will or living trust. Because a gift in your will or trust is revocable (that is, you can change it at any time during your life), you will not be able to take an income tax deduction during your lifetime, but the property is eligible for a charitable estate tax deduction upon your death. Another option is to bequeath full title to an individual as long as that person survives you. If not, the USA Rugby Trust would receive the property.

    If you don't need to make a new will or trust now for any reason, ask your attorney to draw a brief codicil or trust amendment for this purpose.


    Retirement Plan Assets

    If you have a retirement plan, such as an IRA, 401k, 403(b) or Keough, you can designate USA Rugby Trust as a beneficiary of part or all of your plan. Because these plans have assets that have yet to be taxed, they could be taxed at up to 35 percent if you leave them to a loved one, which may be reason enough to consider giving your loves ones less heavily taxed assets.


    Our Legal Name and Tax ID

    All charitable gifts should be directed to

    USA Rugby Trust
    2655 Crescent Drive, Unit A
    Lafayette, CO 80026

    Federal Tax ID: 85-0486679

  • Areas of Need

    Areas of Need

    The USA Rugby Trust identifies a handful of projects each year that focus on rugby outreach and development, nutrition, and safety. Below is a description of the different areas where your gift can make a difference.

    Donate


    Greatest Need

    Unrestricted gifts are the most impactful because they are able to be directed to wherever the need is greatest. These gifts support youth rugby and coaching programs as well as outreach and granting programs that foster and grow the game in communities across the country.


    Shanagher Morrison Referee Fund

    This program provides an annual scholarship for promising referees to spend an entire season in a major international rugby community. Participants in this program will receive a real cultural experience; living the life of a young referee, working and refereeing alongside his/her peers, addressing the same challenges, and receiving the same opportunities.


    National Teams

    Whether you are looking to support future Olympic hopefuls through 7s or the longstanding tradition of XVs, your gift will help identify, train, and support future rugby heroes. Which National Teams can you directly support?

  • Young Professionals Advisory Board

    Young Professionals Advisory Board

    Overview

    The Young Professionals Advisory Board of USA Rugby Trust (YPAB) has one primary goal: to support USA Rugby, from youth programs to the national teams. The Board accomplishes this goal by donating our time, treasure, and talent to the national body, with a focus on attracting young professionals aged 21-39. YPAB events include watch parties, happy hours, training clinics, and other events conducted in rugby hub cities across the United States.

    YPAB is looking for talented and driven young professionals to join the Board! To submit an application, please click the button below. For further information, please email president.ypab@usarugby.org.


    Apply to Join the Board

    The Young Professionals Advisory Board (YPAB) is looking for talented and driven young professionals with a passion for developing rugby in the United States. YPAB works directly with the Board of USA Rugby Trust to provide financial and advisory support, grow awareness of the Trust, plan and host local events in cities across the United States and more. YPAB terms last for two years.

    To apply to become a member of YPAB, complete the application. Please contact president.ypab@usarugby.org with any questions.

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    Meet the Board


    Matthew Ford
    Matthew Ford
    President

    Matthew N. Ford is President of the Young Professionals Advisory Board. He got his rugby start young, growing up to ex-pat parents in New Jersey. His first time on the pitch was at Colgate, and he never looked back. Matt is committed to providing the support needed to develop our national team, starting with kids rugby and finishing with the Olympic and World Cup squads! Matt is also connected with Play Rugby USA, the Colgate Rugby Alliance, and the Rugby Referee Society of New York. He lives in NYC, and works in private education.


    Erin Sinclair
    Erin Sinclair
    Vice President

    Erin Sinclair is the Vice-President of the Young Professionals Advisory Board. To her, rugby is more than a sport, it is a lifestyle. Erin has played since 2002, is a certified USA Rugby referee, on the board of the Chicago Rugby Business Network and helped found the Heartland Rugby Leadership Academy. She also volunteers her time with the Chicago Area Rugby Football Union (CARFU) and Rugby Illinois, the youth association.

    While rugby is Erin’s passion, her profession is financial education and fortunately her career allows them to coincide! She aptly calls it Financial Fitness by Rugby Gal! It is her goal to grow financial awareness grassroots, the same way rugby has grown in America. Through holistic financial planning, Erin hopes to give back to the rugby community as much as rugby has given to her.


    Cameron Gould Saltman
    Cameron Gould Saltman
    Secretary

    Cameron Gould Saltman has always taken to growing the sport of rugby both on and off the field throughout his somewhat limited rugby career. Cameron played rugby with the Los Angeles Cougars before attending The Ohio State University, where he played for three years. Upon graduation, he became certified as a referee in New York City, and balanced refereeing men's and women's games while developing youth rugby players with Play Rugby USA.

    Cameron is now a resident of Seattle, one of the hotbeds of the sport in the nation, where he founded both the Seattle Rugby Business Network and the Amazon Rugby Business Network. He looks to continue to expand his network in the Northwest and support the USA national squads every chance he gets.


    Richard Collins
    Rick Collins

    Richard (Rick) Collins has decided to expand his rugby horizon by creating more awareness of the sport in the DFW area through his knowledge of the sport, entrepreneurial skills, leadership experience and problem-solving experience. This sport deserves our respect and our commitment to brightening its place in the landscape of sports in the United States and around the world. Rick grew up playing all sports except rugby, including soccer through JV in high school, basketball through varsity in college, football through varsity in college, and baseball up to high school. He became aware of rugby in graduate school at SMU Cox School of Business, where he became the Cox Rugby Club President for two years and established the club that still runs smoothly today. He joined the Dallas Harlequins in 2007 and has played for eight of the past nine years and been a member of the Executive Board as Vice President of Operations, which he has held until today. He wants to pass on the passion he has for a sport that he wishes he had discovered earlier and also wants to teach the values he learned through the sport to the next generation.


    Jarrod Ford
    Jarrod Ford

    Jarrod Ford began his rugby career at Babson College in Massachusetts where he played for four years and served on the leadership for three. Since his sophomore year, Jarrod has been officiating and has continued post-graduation. He hopes that rugby in the United States will grow at the youth level through increased numbers and quality of coaches and officials, as well as the expansion of youth leagues across the country, thereby expanding the opportunities for more people to be exposed to and benefit from the values of the sport. Jarrod is currently working in sales for an enterprise software company in Cambridge, MA, and officiating for the New England Rugby Referee Society. When he isn’t on the pitch, you can find him cycling, hiking, and fly fishing.


    Eric Hile
    Eric Hile

    Eric Hile began his rugby career after his stent of active duty time in the Marine Corps while attending the University of Alabama. While there Eric was able to play as an outside and inside center as well as flanker and 8 man. Upon graduating Eric moved back to North Carolina and helped found the Clayton Rugby Football Club in Clayton, NC. The team was able to stay in D4 during its first few years and have now bumped up to D3 and are slated to help win the Carolinas. Eric has been part of the Deep South All Star Team and USA South Rugby Team during his six years of rugby. He also helped coach and guide the middle school and high school teams in Clayton. Eric hopes to continue the growth of the sport in the Carolinas as well as across the east coast to make it the biggest sport in the nation.


    Erin Kennedy
    Erin Kennedy

    Erin Kennedy has worked in sports administration for more than eight years and currently leads Rugby Canada's Mass Participation Rugby Programs. Kennedy brings experience from her time with USA Rugby as a Youth Development Manager where she managed participation programs like Rookie Rugby and pioneered Try on Rugby, the female-specific development program for rugby across the United States. Kennedy has also worked for Rugby America's North, developing youth rugby and women's rugby programs in the Caribbean and Mexico. She went on to coordinate programs for the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland, focusing on the Youth Olympic Games. Kennedy is also a World Rugby Educator, has played for multiple teams in the US and abroad, as well as coached at the youth, high school, and adult club levels. She holds a Master's degree in Sport and Performance Psychology, is a USA Rugby certified coach and referee, and is a passionate advocate for the growth of youth and women's rugby in North America.


    Chase Langdon
    Chase Langdon

    Chase Langdon was first exposed to rugby back in high school after a summer trip to Australia. Enamored by the sport, he started a school club in New Jersey which unfortunately had to fold after just a semester. After college Chase interned with the US Olympic Committee’s Coach Development department where he worked with many NGBs to develop and improve their coach education structure. During his time at the US Olympic Committee he volunteered for USA Rugby and rediscovered the sport. Eventually Chase moved to Boulder, CO where he worked full time for USA Rugby organizing coach education courses. While living in Boulder, Chase played for Boulder RFC and served as match secretary. Chase currently lives in San Francisco working for WME|IMG in their Global Partnerships, Strategy and Activation department focusing primarily on Visa’s sponsorship of the Olympic Games.


    Lucas Marquardt
    Lucas Marquardt

    Lucas Marquardt took up rugby in college at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he majored in Finance and Information Systems. He continued playing rugby at the club level in Colorado and San Diego, where he worked as a professional finance consultant at BearingPoint, Inc. Lucas's desire to pursue an advanced degree took him to Sydney, Australia, in 2004 to attend the University of Technology, Sydney. Whilst studying at UTS, Lucas played rugby for the Randwick Galloping Greens and toured New Zealand in 2005. Since his return to the US, Lucas has worked as a finance consultant to start up and emerging companies and ultimately ended up back in Denver in 2009. At present, he continues to indulge his passions for entrepreneurial business and the game of rugby while enjoying all that Colorado has to offer.


    Drew Meyers
    Drew Meyers

    Drew Meyers first picked up a rugby ball the fall of his freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. He subbed into his first game during a late defensive stand against defending national champs, Dartmouth, and immediately became convinced of the game's uniqueness. Drew spent the next four years playing prop, hooker and flanker for Penn Rugby. He served as Recruitment Chairman, working to introduce the game to former high school athletes and Social Chairman, working to raise the profile of the club to increase community and school support. Drew hopes to continue supporting rugby's growth in the United States by organizing events and developing targeted communications in the New York City community.


    Bradley Yandle
    Bradley Yandle

    Bradley Yandle began getting involved in rugby ten years ago while deployed on ship in the Marines. Once at university he continued playing and took on more administrative responsibilities to help push the club forward. After playing at Ole Miss and various levels of collegiate and men’s rugby, Bradley moved to Texas, where you will find him playing for the Austin Blacks across all three divisions and continuing to work behind the scenes conducting marketing and fundraising for his club. Bradley is determined to bring a positive impact to any organization he has the honor to work with, and he will continue to be an ambassador for our great game through his passion and love for rugby.