LBRA 2016-2017 Fundraising Guidelines
Commitment is a very important part of rowing. Commitment is required to withstand the grueling physical demands of the sport, to raise the large amount of money needed to sustain the team, and to keep our team competitive. Lake Brantley Rowing Association exists not only because the athletes are committed to their sport, but also because the parents are committed to their rowers.
Lake Brantley Rowing Association (LBRA) receives no funding from Lake Brantley, Seminole County, or the State of Florida. All rowing families participate in fundraising and other club activities throughout the year and in so doing establish a bond and share unique experiences, which is especially valuable between teens and parents today. Crew families participate with their rowers in fundraisers, meetings, and regatta support.
WHAT IS “RFC”?
Rower Fundraising Credit, commonly referred to as RFC, is the annual fundraising goal for each rower. The commitment to fundraising is critically important to the ongoing operation of our organization. In addition to monthly dues, each rower is obligated to raise $750 per season for the first student and $375 for each additional rower per family. This fundraising obligation is called Rower Fundraising Credit, or RFC. There is an option to “buy out,” however all rowers are encouraged to participate in fundraisers whenever possible to support the entire team.
To make reaching individual fundraising goals more manageable, we have divided the annual RFC requirements into quarterly goals as follows:
|RFC Goals By Date|
|Oct. 23||Dec. 18||Feb. 13||March 31||TOTAL|
Fundraising season extends from October 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017. Additional RFC earning opportunities may be offered the summer preceding the season and from March 31 through May 31 to meet the annual obligation, however the RFC goal must be met by March 31 in order to participate in the annual FSRA States Regatta in the spring.
HOW DO YOU EARN RFC?
RFC Credit may be earned in several ways:
DIRECT DONATIONS – Rowers individually solicit donations from those they know. 100% of whatever is given to the club from direct donations counts toward the rower’s RFC. Events using Direct Donations include Ergathon and Yearbook Ad sales.
SPONSORSHIPS – Rowers solicit sponsorships and donations from businesses and other interested parties. 100% of funds given to the club for Sponsorships counts toward the rower’s RFC. Events using Sponsorships include the annual Golf Tournament.
PROFIT SHARING – Rowers and/or Parents participate in soliciting donations or selling a product and the proceeds are divided proportionately toward RFC among those participating in that event. Events using Profit Sharing include Location Sales for Enjoy the City and Christmas Flowers, and canvassing for Welcome Back Picnic and Spring Flowers.
INDIVIDUAL SALES – Rowers and/or Parents pre-sell products and/or raffle tickets and the proceeds are contributed toward the Rower’s RFC. Events using Individual Sales include Popcornopolis, Christmas and Spring Flowers, Mixed Bags, and Raffle Tickets.
HOW DO I FIND OUT WHAT MY RFC IS?
There are several ways to keep up with your RFC amounts and/or how much you owe.
- Attend the General Meeting, held the first Monday of every month.
- Check your email for a monthly update
- Feel free to contact the Fundraising Chair via email at any time for an update
WHAT IF I JOIN LATE?
Rowers who join after the season begins may be eligible for pro-rated RFC goal. Join date between the 1st and 20th will count as a full month. Join date from the 20th through the end of month will begin the next month. Figures shown in the chart below are calculated based on a single rower.
|Pro-rated RFC Goals (based on month joined)|
|Month Joined||Annual RFC Goal||Month Joined||Annual RFC Goal|
WHAT IF I EARN MORE THAN THE GOAL?
Extra funds earned during fundraisers are invaluable in rowing as there are always boats to be repaired, bills to be paid, and rowers to be helped. If you are fortunate enough to have exceeded your fundraising goal for the year, you may do one of two things with the excess:
- Consider “donating” the overage to a rower who, not for lack of trying, will not make the required fundraising goal. To donate an overage, please contact the Fundraising Chair or Treasurer and indicate your wish to contribute your RFC overage to an Angel Rower. Those persons will ensure the funds are credited to help a rower who has indicated a difficulty in meeting the goal.
- Earn more and get a credit for States. The annual FSRA States Regatta is our largest Florida Regatta and allows teams to bond, celebrate, and race over the course of a weekend each April. The typical cost per rower to attend States is approximately $150. To help defray the cost, individual rowers who reach an RFC goal of $1150 by March 31 will be provided a $150 States Regatta credit*. For Multiple Rower families, earn one States credit of $150 after reaching an RFC goal of $1525, or two States credits of $150 after reaching an RFC goal of $1725 by March 31.
* If the cost of the trip is more, difference would have to be covered by the rower. If the cost of the trip is less, the trip would be covered in full but no cash refund or credit is due.
While the fundraising list is subject to change, LBRA typically hosts two or three large fundraisers and several small fundraisers throughout the year. Please see Fundraising on the lakebrantleyrowing.org website for the most up-to-date information.
Enjoy the City book sales – Individuals sell Enjoy the City books for $20, $10 per book goes toward rower RFC. Rower & Parent may also volunteer to man a table to sell the book on location and earn an RFC share of the books sold on location that day.
Fall Golf Tournament – solicit sponsors, sell holes or ad space on the course. 100% of paid sponsorship goes toward the rower’s RFC goals.
Welcome Back Picnic – 3 ways to earn! 1) Canvas local businesses for products and/or services to be used for raffle; whatever that raffle item earned is divided between those who canvassed and contributes toward RFC. 2) Individuals sell raffle tickets for gift cards and other prizes. 3) Individually solicit large-scale items for silent auction; 50% of what the auction item brings in is credited toward RFC.
Ergathon Letter Writing Campaign – send emails or letters to those you know to solicit donations for our annual ergathon. 100% of money donated for the rower goes toward RFC.
Popcornopolis – Gourmet popcorn cones just in time for the holidays! 50% of individual sales credited toward RFC.
Christmas Cactus Sales – Individuals pre-sell plants and 50% of individual sales goes toward rower RFC. Rower & Parent may also volunteer to man a table to sell the book on location and earn an RFC share of the books sold on location that day.
Yard Sale – Held during our annual Ergathon, families bring their gently used wares for sales during a large selling event. 100% of earnings turned in are credited toward RFC.
Novice Regatta – 2 ways to earn! 1) Canvas local businesses for products and/or services to be used for raffle; whatever that raffle item earned is divided between those who canvassed and contributes toward RFC. 2) Individuals sell raffle tickets for gift cards and other prizes.
Spring Annuals – 2 ways to earn! 1) Individuals pre-sell plants and 50% of individual sales goes toward rower RFC. 2) Canvas with the team through pre-designated areas; proceeds from the day are divided equally between rowers who canvas.