Support the Center
How You Can Help
There are many ways you can help the Stark Center—by making financial contributions that support our operating budget or our endowment accounts*, by leaving a bequest to the Stark Center in your will, or by enriching our collections through the donation of items such as books, photographs, art, scrapbooks and archival materials related to physical culture and sports. All of these gifts allow the Stark Center to fulfill our mission of preservation, education, and the advancement of scholarship in the fields of Physical Culture and Sport Studies. We are very grateful to the individuals, foundations, and companies that have already donated substantial operating and endowment support to the Stark Center; click here to read more about them.
Although the University of Texas gave the Stark Center 27,500 sf of space and the College of Education has provided considerable support, we still must raise more than 90% of our annual operating budget through private donations. Donated funds support new acquisitions, preservation supplies and processing, new exhibits, collection maintenance and staff salaries. We are very proud that we have built and operated the Center on private funding. To ensure the Center’s future, we have established several endowment funds. Please consider supporting the Stark Center’s mission by donating to one of them.
The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture & Sports
Donated funds are directly applied toward acquisitions, collection maintenance, supplies, facility maintenance, and salaries.
The Terry and Jan Todd
Endowed Excellence Fund
An endowed fund created from funds donated in honor of our late director, Terry Todd.
Mail a Contribution
If you’d like to mail your contribution, please send a personal check made out to “University of Texas – Stark Center” to:
Jan Todd, Director
Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports
University of Texas at Austin
403 East Deloss Dodds Way, NEZ 5.700
Austin, TX 78712
For more information on giving to the University of Texas contact:
- Contribute to the Endowment
- Financial Gifts
- Preservation and Exhibits
- Planned Giving
Endowment earnings come from financial gifts (or gifts of property that UT can sell to generate funds) that are invested so that the principal is not normally touched and the fund continues to grow while the Stark Center uses a portion of the interest earned by the account to cover operational expenses. (Endowments normally pay 4.5 to 5% a year to the recipient of the gift so a $1M gift generates approximately $45K to $50K in its first year—and then grows incrementally in the years ahead.)
Endowments can be named in honor of the donor(s) or, they can be used to honor someone the donors feel warrants remembering. Once established, other donors can also donate to existing endowment accounts if they so choose.
Our current goal for the Stark Center is to reach $10M in endowment funds so that the Center’s basic operational expenses will be guaranteed into the future.
A 2017 grant of $1.5M from the Nelda C. and H.J. Lutcher Stark Foundation in Orange, Texas, has made it possible for us to focus our efforts over the next several years to pursuing this quest.
Please consider donating now to our current endowment funds:
1) The Roy J. McLean Centennial Fellowship
2) The Joe Weider Physical Culture Fund
Or, our newest endowment fund—
3) The Terry and Jan Todd Excellence Fund
Or, consider establishing a new endowment to honor yourself, your family, a friend, someone you admire, or some other entity. For more information, on endowments, please contact THE DIRECTOR.
Financial gifts can be made in a variety of ways to the Stark Center. The simplest way is simply to click on the button below to go to our credit-card donations page. Feel free to write a note if you have special requests for the use of your funds.
Or, you can mail a personal check made out to ”University of Texas-Stark Center” and send it to:
Jan Todd, Director, Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports,
North End Zone Suite 5.700
403 East 23rd Street
The University of Texas,
Austin, TX 78712
Larger financial donations can also be paid over time. Attached is a pledge form (pdf attached–to be made) so that we will know to expect your contribution each month, quarter, or other period you wish to specify. A $20,000 donation, for example, could be paid over 12 months by sending $1666 per month. A $1000 donation is only $83.33 per month for 12 months. A $1000 donation to the Stark, however, would be a huge help in covering our preservation costs.
Remember, because of our non-profit status, donations to the Stark Center can be helpful in off-setting capital gains taxes, estate taxes, and even annual income taxes if you normally take deductions. We are hapy to talk options with you at any time.
For more information about supporting The H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports, please contact the Director, Jan Todd, at (512) 471-0993 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information on tax-free giving to The University of Texas, contact: David Onion, Vice-President for Development at: email@example.com; or 512-471-8178. Mr. Onion may also be reached by mail at: The University of Texas at Austin, P.O. Box 7458, Austin, TX 78713.
One of the most costly parts of our work at the Stark center is the sorting, archiving and preserving of collections. Over the past several years, in particular, we’ve received several significant collections that you may want to consider supporting:
1. The Coach Augie Garrido Baseball Collection (papers, memorabilia, photographs and other ephemera) from UT-Baseball coach, Augie Garrido. We are looking for funds to not only properly house his large collection in conservation materials—but, also to mount an exhibition in our Stark Center galleries.
2. The Tommy Kono Collection—Two-time Olympic gold medalist Tommy Kono’s 50 boxes of materials relate to his time as a weightlifter and national team coach (for Mexico 1968, Germany 1972, USA 1976, and the U.S. Women’s World Championship team from 1987-1989). His vast collection will need archival processing, and it could easily take one archivist an entire year to sort, properly process, and house this wonderful collection in acid-free conservation materials.
3. The Doris Barrilleaux Collection—A pioneering figure in women’s bodybuilding, Barrilleaux was also an important physique photographer who shot most of the great bodybuilders of the 1970s and 1980s. Following her death in May of 2018, her family donated her photographic archives to the Center. Although well organized, we need funds for conservation materials to house this massive and important gift.
There are also many ways that gifts can be made to support the Stark Center that do not require you to give away money right now. You may want to consider a contribution to The Stark Center’s future by planning for a special gift in your will, or make a gift of cash after property is sold to offset capital gains taxes as your estate is settled; by donating stocks you may hold; or, by turning over to the Center an investment account following your demise. Another easy way to assist the Stark Center, is to name the Center as a beneficiary on your retirement plan, IRA, or life insurance policy. As a non-profit entity, all gifts to the Stark Center are tax-deductible and at certain levels, could lower your tax liability in a given year. There are many creative and flexible planned giving options that can actually benefit you and the Stark Center. We’ll be happy to connect you to UT’s Development officers who will work with you on the best plan for your needs.
The Todd-McLean Collection has been at UT since 1983, and its growth has been significantly augmented by the donation from private individuals of books, magazines, photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, manuscript files, posters, trophies, paintings, training equipment, artifacts, and other items. If you have materials related to the history of physical culture, exercise, or alternative medicine or materials related to the history of sports at UT or elsewhere that you would be interested in donating or loaning to the Stark Center, please contact us via our emails below or by calling 512-471-4890.
For University of Texas students and any others who would like to be considered for a fieldwork position at the Stark Center, you must submit a signed and completed application form. All applications should be completed and submitted to Cindy Slater by e-mail or hand-delivered.