Rowing is an expensive sport that requires specialized equipment. While our membership dues generally cover fixed operation costs each season, they do not cover investment in equipment. In order to grow and remain competitive we need to invest in new boats, oars, launches, and supplies to maintain our fleet; and we can't do it alone. Your donation, in any amount, can help us achieve our goals of developing a diverse and inclusive rowing organization. Your donation may also be tax deductible. Chicago Rowing Union is a volunteer run organization. We are not-for-profit and tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code.


Chicago Rowing Union is currently looking for sponsors.

Inclusiveness lies at the heart of the Chicago Rowing Union. As part of this, we need to ensure that the club is accessible from a financial perspective. Unlike long-established clubs which have benefactors, our members fund the cost of equipment and coaching themselves. We are currently looking for sponsorship to help us purchase equipment in order to allow the club to spread the joy and rewards of rowing to as many people as possible.

We offer some of the following benefits:

  • Your organization's logo on the CRU website and promotional materials at regattas and other events

  • Your organization’s logo on team apparel

  • Promotion to our members and prospective members

  • Promotion via our social media channels

  • Association with events organized by the club

  • We would also enjoy hearing your promotional ideas and putting them into action

If you are interested in learning how you may be able to support us in our mission and how we can promote your organization, please contact the Programs Coordinator for more information.