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Notre Dame football gets its own NIL collective, the FUND Foundation

The Notre Dame football team has its own NIL Collective, a collective named “FUND Foundation”, which was started by former QB Brady Quinn.

By now you have heard a lot about NIL Collectives. Most of the stories there are about things like the NIL collective that is said to be becoming $8 million by a collective to play for their school. It’s rumored to be in Tennessee, but it’s also just one example of what’s starting to happen across the country, raising concerns about fee-for-service.

Of course, others will point out just as soon as the payment for the game has always taken place, right under the table. Still others argue that this is a good thing and nothing to worry about.

Whether that’s a good thing or a bad thing doesn’t matter, though. At least it doesn’t matter for the individual programs. What matters is that it happens and that we try to keep pace with a new arms race in college football.

Notre Dame football lands its own NIL collective

Notre Dame football, which has deflated from the facilities arms race under Brian Kelly, is not backing down. The Irish officially have their own NIL collective. It’s called the FUND Foundation, and it was founded by Brady Quinn.

FUND stands for “Friends of the University of Notre Dame”, for those interested.

the FUND Foundation website is brand new. It both explains how things work and gives interested people a place to donate. Generally speaking, this NIL Collective is designed to help student-athletes promote charities. For example, if a player had a family member who battled cancer, FUND would help them promote something like Jimmy V.

Donations will be distributed to student-athletes as a stipend for their charitable work. In this way, FUND is a bit different from many of the more infamous NIL collectives, which raise funds to give away to players for something to be determined at a later date.

It is also important to point out that FUND is not affiliated with Notre Dame. It is a non-profit organization that is independently run by program boosters. This is the case for all NIL Collectives, whatever their size. They cannot be directly affiliated with a university.

At this time, donations appear to be one-time and can be any amount you choose to donate. For many fans, knowing that their donations are going directly to players instead of things like installs can be a rewarding experience.