Boise State fundraising record for Albertsons Stadium, Dickey

Boise State set the athletic department’s all-time annual fundraising record with total support of $24.1 million in fiscal year 2022, the university announced Monday.

Led by the Bronco Athletic Association, Boise State achieved 66% growth in gifts and donations over the past year, from $14.5 million to $24.1 million.

“We are extremely grateful to the thousands of Bronco Nation donors and BAA members who have already answered our call for help, which directly impacts the student-athlete experience,” said the Boise State athletic director Jeramiah Dickey in a statement. “The substantial philanthropic growth we are experiencing raises the bar and I believe we have only scratched the surface of what we can accomplish as we build for future success.”

Dickey was hired in January 2021 and came to Boise State with a reputation as a stellar fundraiser.

He played a major role in revitalizing Houston’s athletic facilities while there. At Baylor, he paved the way for $200 million in sports initiatives as part of the university’s Give Light Capital campaign, which aimed to raise $1.1 billion for scholarships, endowments and projects. of facilities.

Dickey took a similar approach at Boise State with the April announcement of the Broncos’ “Playbook for Success,” which laid out a vision for major improvements to the school’s athletic facilities, including the construction of a football stadium. and a 5,000-seat auditorium. arena for Olympic sports on campus and renovations to Albertsons Stadium and the ExtraMile Arena.

Boise State announced earlier this month that the project is expected to cost more than $300 million.

Dickey is open that there is still a long way to go to fully fund the project, but he and his team have had a strong start.

The athletic department received four donations of at least $1 million, including a $4.5 million donation from Melaleuca for a new video board in the South Zone, which will be the largest in Mountain West. The donation from Melaleuca, an Idaho Falls-based online wellness company, is the largest donation in athletics history, according to Boise State.

Dickey’s first year on the job also saw 11,754 donations from more than 5,800 donors, a 27% increase from fiscal year 2021. The athletic department saw a 91% increase in donations from more than 200 donors on Broncos Giving Day, and the Lyle Smith Society grew to 161 members.

Membership in the Lyle Smith Society requires a minimum commitment of $25,000 over a five-year period. Since its inception in December 2020, the group has made commitments that combine for more than $22 million in donations over the next five years, according to Boise State.

2022 Boise State Football Schedule

Saturday, Sept. 3: at Oregon State, 8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN

Friday, September 9: in New Mexico, 7 p.m., CBSSN

Saturday, September 17: vs. UT Martin, 2 p.m., FS1

Friday, Sept. 23: at UTEP, 7 p.m., CBSSN

Friday, Sept. 30: vs. San Diego State, 6 p.m., FS1

Saturday, October 8: vs. Fresno State, TBA, Fox/FS1/FS2

Saturday, October 22: at the Air Force, 5 p.m., CBSSN

Saturday October 29: against Colorado State, TBA, Fox/FS1/FS2

Saturday, November 5: vs. BYU, TBA, Fox/FS1/FS2

Saturday, November 12: in Nevada, 8:30 p.m., CBSSN

Saturday, Nov. 19: at Wyoming, 5 p.m., CBSSN

Friday, Nov. 25: vs. Utah State, 10 a.m., CBS

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Ron Counts is the Boise State football beat writer for the Idaho Statesman. He’s from Virginia and covered James Madison University and the University of Virginia before joining the Statesman in 2019. Follow him on Twitter: @Ron_BroncoBeat

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