Rowing & Crew Team Fundraising
Online fundraising ideas and tips that work for your erg-a-thon, donation letter writing campaign, or annual capital campaign.
Are you a rowing team looking for online fundraising ideas?
See how top rowing clubs, National Championship teams, and youth crew programs across the country like the Oakland Strokes, West Potomac Crew, Chattanooga Junior Rowing, Twin Cities Rowing, Rochester Rowing, and Marin Rowing have used Piggybackr’s easy online fundraising websites and tools to raise more funds.
Piggybackr.com is a crowdfunding website for teams of all ages and experience levels. We’re the only fundraising tool that is instructional and safe for users of all ages. Set up an online fundraiser, raise money for your cause, and collect donations all in less than 5 minutes. Sign up for free.
New to crowdfunding? Here are some fundraising tips to help your rowing team get started.
I. What do rowing teams raise money for online?
- New Boats (i.e.: Lightweight four-person shell)
- Competition Transportation and Housing (i.e.: Head of the Charles Regatta)
- Boat House Rental Costs
- Boat refurbishment and transportation
- Dock extensions
- Maintenance and repairs
- Storage containers
II. What are examples of successful rowing teams fundraisers?
Oakland Strokes 2014
Organized by oaklandstrokes
Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes rowing club welcomes middle and hs students from across the Bay Area to offer youth rowing on the Oakland Estuary. Nationally recognized college coaches seek our rowers based on the strength of our community and our passion for instilling the best values of rowing. Yes, we make boats go fast, but our larger goal is to build character and commitment in the young men and women of Oakland Strokes.
Erg-a-thon!!!!, Norcal Crew
Organized by norcal
Norcal Crew is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of youth through the sport of rowing. Norcal’s mission is to provide opportunities for instruction, training, and competition in the sport of rowing to middle and high school students on the San Francisco Peninsula. Norcal provides a comprehensive training program to strengthen its student-athletes’ personal development.
Redwood City, CA
Ergathon 2013, Twin Cities Youth Rowing
Organized by Dave Hemler-Fundraising Chair
Twin Cities Youth Rowing Club is a 501©(3) non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the sport of rowing within the youth community in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota. TCYRC was founded in 2008 and offers a rewarding experience for rowers of all abilities, including a very competitive varsity and a novice program. Help us to help youth through the sport of rowing!
We need your steadfast support!, Rochester Rowing Club
Organized by Rochester Rowing Club
The Rochester Rowing Club (RRC) is a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the development of youth through the sport of rowing. RRC is run solely by volunteer coaches and parents who believe in what the sport of rowing does for these young athletes.
Help Chattanooga Youth Row, Chattanooga Junior Rowing
Organized by Chattanooga Junior Rowing
Chattanooga Rowing proudly supports over 50 junior rowers from 14 public, private, and home schools spread throughout the area. This year-round sport requires rowers to be the best they can be both on the water and off. Coaches and teammates give rowers the support needed to excel in all areas of their life, while helping them discover and succeed in their rowing careers.
Take Us to the Next Level!, Cal Berkeley Lightweight Rowing
Organized by Steve Genise
Cal Lightweight Crew was founded in the early 1970s as an offshoot of Cal’s world-renown heavyweight program. Today, they are the only team on the west coast dedicated to training high-performance lightweight rowers, operating as a self-funded university sports club. Rowers train year-round both on land and on the water, and compete as far away as San Diego and Philadelphia.
III. 4 Fundraising Tips for your rowing fundraiser
- Split your club into different fundraising teams to add an element of competition. That means each team should set up their own team donation page and fundraising goal. Varsity girls vs varsity boys, novice girls vs novice boys – see which team raises the most money.
- Offer a prize to the top fundraiser and top effort point earners! Ideas for fundraising prizes include a getting a free pass from practice, getting first choice for seats on the bus, or even having a boat named after them.
- Bring a laptop to practice the day the fundraiser launches so everyone can set up and send their emails on the spot.
- Announce the status of each team each week at practice. Using our weekly digests and team roster, you can see who is doing well and who is not!
IV. How does it work exactly?
Your fundraiser chair or team leader sets up an online team donation page in less than 5 minutes. The page can be customized with a unique fundraising goal, fundraising thermometer, time deadline, and different donation and sponsorship levels. Teams get an unlimited number of donation pages for each team member participating. Collect donations online, post on social media, and learn how to fundraise by using our tools – from sample donation letters, sample donation thank you letters, to fundraising instructions and timeline. We’ve got you covered!
V. Can we use Piggybackr for our annual donation letter writing campaign? How does that work?
Yes, some of our most successful team fundraisers have used Piggybackr to run online letter writing campaigns. Instead of mailing out thousands of letters by hand, rowers can now email their friends, family, and local businesses, create personal donation pages, and collect donations online. We even provide your rowers with online donation letter templates!
3 Reasons to run your letter campaign online
- It’s easy! No more tedious paperwork.
- Reach out to supporters several times through email and social media, rather than waiting for them to open your letter.
- Collect donations in real-time. You don’t need to wait for checks to roll in the mail anymore.
How it works – (it takes less than 10 minutes per team member).
Team Members can:
- Create personal donation pages
- Enter potential donors’ email addresses
- Post about their rowing fundraiser on social media
- Learn how to fundraise in an easy and fun way
Team Leaders can:
- Track who has sent their donation emails
- See who has created personal fundraising pages
- Poke members in need of being reminded
Other real-time benefits include:
- Reminding supporters who have not donated yet
- Sending and posting updates with videos and pictures to donors
- Sending supporters personal thank you notes for donations and gifts received
VI. What makes Piggybackr perfect for rowing teams and clubs?
1. Rowing requires Teamwork
We’re designed for teams big and small – 5, 10, 100+! We know your teams range in size. Piggybackr allows you to easily manage, track, and add an unlimited number of team members. All members can participate in the fundraiser by having a personal donation page, personal funding goals, and instructions on how to be successful at fundraising.
2. Rowing requires serious money. Exceed Goals of Any Size.
We know you have some serious money to raise. Boats and rentals are all expensive. From $2,000 to $100,000, we have the plans and product features designed to help your team. See more here: www.piggybackr.com/pricing
3. Rowing is Hard Work. Track Effort & Progress.
It’s not just raising the most money, but also putting in the effort too. Piggybackr helps you track things like effort, # of emails sent, and even effort level. We try to keep it fun and competitive. Users can see how they stack up against everyone else on the team.
4. Rowing takes Time. We’re Designed for the busy athlete and team leader.
We know your main job is to be a coach or athlete. So we try to make the fundraising part as easy as possible. We’re here to remind you what to do and when to do it so you don’t have to think about it.
We have email templates, TO-DO lists, email tips, sample phone scripts, and even allow businesses to upload their logos onto your pages.
VI. How long should an online fundraiser last?
We recommend that your online fundraiser run for 4-6 weeks. This gives both your fundraisers and donors more urgency to give. Anything longer may cause fundraising fatigue or burnout!
What we recommend is that you as a team leader set up the team donation page and then ask athletes to create their pages and input emails at practice on a spare laptop. Setting up should take no more than 5 minutes per member.
VII. How do we tie the fundraiser to your erg-a-thon?
Most teams launch their Piggybackr online fundraiser about 4-6 weeks before their erg-a-thon. The fundraiser ends right before the erg-a-thon! Some teams get creative and pledge to row a certain number of miles based on how much they raise.
VIII. What are rowers selling or fundraising with?
Rowers do not sell anything. They ask for donations online by sending donation emails but, as a team, you can also offer different sponsorship incentives to encourage and thank supporters.