What do I get for being IU Proud?
The main benefit of being an IU Alumni Association member is being connected to IU. We have a variety of services available to all members to help display their pride, launch their start, or boost their next step.
Do IU Proud members get the print magazine?
The IU Proud members do not receive the print magazine, but they can access the digital version through MyIU.
How do I get my @alumni.IU.edu address?
You have an opportunity to get an @alumni.iu.edu address in the registration process for IU Proud. Or, after you’ve become a member, you can sign up through the Member Hub in MyIU.org
If I sign up for IU Proud, am I eligible to be a volunteer leader?
All members are welcome to become a volunteer leader! Only IU Loyal and IU Life members may serve on the Executive Council and the Board of Managers.
If I sign up for IU Proud, is my kid eligible for an IUAA scholarship?
Yes, your kid is eligible for the same IUAA scholarships that all alumni kids are eligible for. Some scholarships are available only to children of IU Loyal and IU Life members.
If I join IU Proud, am I eligible to go on an IU Travels trip or participate in a Careers event?
Yes! All IU Proud members may travel with us or participate in a Careers events, such as a career webinar or group career coaching. Some opportunities are marketed to IU Loyal and Life members earlier.
What do I get?
IUAA recognizes all members with a set of core services. IU Loyal and IU Life receive enhanced services. We think the IU Loyal will be most interested in:
- Volunteer leadership and service opportunities
- Scholarship eligibility for their kids
- JSTOR, Project Muse, printed IU Alumni Magazine
- Career support
- IU Athletics priority points
I made a contribution to an IUAA scholarship of $100. Does that mean I am a member?
No. IU Loyal and IU Life only recognize member contributions, which are made to the IU Loyal Alumni fund. This fund helps the IUAA cover the costs of programs and services that benefit our members. While some operating costs are attributed to our scholarship program (personnel, supplies, etc.), money donated to IUAA scholarships goes directly to scholarship funds.
Are there any discounts on recognition levels?
No, member contributions (of any amount) are considered gifts of support from you to the IUAA. However, we offer a free IU Proud program that was designed specifically for recent grads.
What’s the difference between IU Loyal and IU Life?
IUAA recognizes IU Loyal and Life contributions differently. People who donate $100 (or more, up to $999) in a 12-month period are recognized as an IU Loyal member when they reach the $100 threshold. If a person donates $1,000 in a year’s time, they are recognized as an IU Life member permanently. IU Loyal and IU Life members both receive an enhanced level of services. There are special IU Life member recognition events.
Does an IU Loyal contribution count towards IU Life?
It’s complicated. Here’s why:
- If a person donates $100 in a 12-month period, they are recognized as IU Loyal. In that 12-month period, if they decide to donate $900 more, they will be recognized as IU Life. IU Life recognition is permanent.
- If not, they would continue to donate $100 each year to continue to be recognized as IU Loyal.
All contributions to IUAA sites – member contributions and contributions to IUAA Scholarships – count toward the 1854 Society, which is a cumulative giving society of the IUAA.
How will IUAA use my IU Life contribution?
IUAA will use a portion to pay for member services, such as chapters, virtual groups, and communications efforts like the IU Alumni Magazine. The rest will be put into a quasi-endowment. Our financial policy allows us to utilize the annual distributions on the account to cover operating expenses, as needed. These distributions equate to 4.5% of the market value of the invested funds each year.
What is IUAA using member contributions to pay for this year?
IUAA is investing in:
- A Digital Community Platform, which will enable online community groups; a mentor program; a job network; and a new alumni directory.
- IU Proud member program for students and recent graduates
- Charter Alumni Communities Grant Program
- Alumni publishing, to produce Pride.IU.edu, Alumni Insider newsletters, and the IU Alumni Magazine
What ongoing programs does my money support?
Member contributions support, but do not fully fund, ongoing programs such as IUAA Student Fellows and internship program, Career & Professional Development program, Mini University, IU Travels, Winter College, Alumni Charter Communities and Affinity Groups
Does my member contribution count towards being recognized by the 1854 Society?
Yes, all member contributions, regardless of when they were made, are counted toward the 1854 Society. For example, if you were an annual member in 1996, 1998, 2004-07, and then a life member starting in 2014, all of those contributions would be recognized by the 1854 Society.
Is my member contribution tax deductible?
Yes, IUAA member contributions are 100% tax deductible as a charitable contribution.
What do I say to members about how the program is changing?
The first thing we say to all current members is THANK YOU. Because of their investment, we have the money we need to carry out our mission of connecting alumni to one another and to IU.
Here’s how our programs are changing:
- The Opt-In program is being replaced by IU Proud. IU Proud is free to those with a relationship to IU (e.g., student, alumni, faculty, staff, donor, parent). Registration is required. IU Proud members must verify their contact information every year to remain active.
- Annual membership is being replaced by IU Loyal. This new program recognizes alumni who make a member contribution of $100 or more in a year.
- Lifetime Memberships will convert to IU Life even if their giving doesn’t add up to the current threshold. Going forward, this program recognizes alumni who make a member contribution of $1,000 or more in a year.
- We offer “joint recognition” instead of Joint Memberships. In households with spouses or partners, one person may make the member contribution and include their spouse or partner in the gift. The payor receives the revenue credit (and tax benefit). Both are recognized as members.
- All IUAA contributions, including those made to the discontinued membership types, will be recognized by the 1854 Society.
- All members will be offered a set of core services. IU Loyal and IU Life receive enhanced services.
We hope you continue being a member at any level – IU Pride, IU Loyal, or IU Life. All members are important to the IUAA.