Donations made to the NFL Players Association, the league’s largest and oldest, will be redirected to a charity in the form of a “goodwill contribution receipt” template, league sources told ESPN.
The template was revealed Wednesday during an event hosted by the NFLPA to unveil the league-mandated fundraising calendar.
The NFLPA has not released the calendar for public viewing.
The template has no name or expiration date, but is the first step in a long process to receive the NFL’s “donations received” report.
The total amount donated will be determined by the charity based on the number of donations received by players during the calendar year.
If a player makes a donation to the charity in excess of $2,000, then the donation will be allocated to that player’s charity, according to the league calendar.
If the player makes more than $2 million in contributions during the same calendar year, the player will be awarded a charitable contribution receipt.
The league has a new fundraising calendar and the process is now more transparent.
It will be up to the charities to determine how to allocate the donations received, said Jason Smith, a spokesman for the NFL.
The NFLPA, which is made up of the league owners, has previously said that the template would be distributed to the “best charities to benefit from the money.”
The template, which was first disclosed in January, will give players the opportunity to donate money to the following charities: Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, American Diabetes Association, Cancer Foundation, Cancer Research UK, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Mental Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, Veterans Administration, and World Vision.
The format will also allow players to donate to NFL-recognized charities for which they are not eligible to make charitable donations.
Players will be able to donate directly to a “donation recipient” based on their “donated contribution amount” as well as the charity they are donating to.
The donor can make up to $100,000 a year, per the NFL calendar.
The donation receipt template is the NFL standard template, and the league will use it in its fundraising calendar, league officials told ESPN on Wednesday.
“Players are very important to us, and we want to ensure they have access to our programs to help them make charitable contributions,” NFL vice president of media relations Jeff Gettleman said.
“We’re excited to see these new tools put in place and hope they will make the NFL an even more generous organization for players.”
The new templates are only available to NFL players who are eligible to donate through the league and have already made at least one donation.
They are not available to fans, as the NFL has not yet released the calendars for public consumption.
The league has made it easier for fans to access the new donation forms.
The $2.4 million in donations made during the first quarter of the calendar are the largest one-time donations made to a non-profit organization by the league, league spokesperson Michael Signora told ESPN in January.
In the calendar, the players are credited for their contributions as they are given their donation receipt.
They can make a donation at any time, and can also make a charitable donation with a credit card, via PayPal or an online donation app.
“As we continue to invest in our player development programs and initiatives, we believe it is vital that we continue providing an avenue for players to give back to the community in a way that does not detract from their efforts and commitment to their football careers,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said in January in a statement.
“As the league continues to invest, we have begun to explore the potential for players receiving these donor credits to donate additional money to charitable organizations, which would benefit our players and their families.”
The NFL is not the first major sports league to adopt the template.
The NBA and MLB used it during the 2011-12 season.
The NHL also used it to donate $3 million to the NHL Foundation in the first two months of 2012.
The foundation is a charitable foundation that receives the donations from players.