CRU has teamed up with Amazon to make supporting us easier than ever!

A simple way to support CRU is by doing what you already do — shopping online! Amazon shoppers can easily support us by completing their purchases via and selecting “Chicago Rowing Union Inc” as your preferred non-profit before you shop. Just do your normal Amazon shopping and .5% of your purchases will go to CRU. All of your eligible shopping will benefit CRU!

We need your help

Coming out as a person who is LGBT+ can be isolating. CRU is an anchor organization whose sole purpose for existing is to nurture the community of people who identify as being LGBT+. We strive to provide a safe and healthy place — that isn’t a bar — for all of our team members to be themselves. CRU is inclusive of people who are LGBT+ and their allies to learn and participate in the sport of rowing. Within our club, there is zero tolerance of any form of bullying, discrimination, or hateful behavior. Bigotry stops at our water’s edge.

Outside of our safe space, we continue to dismantle hate by partnering with other local LGBT+ organizations to fight for the rights of all LGBT+ people. Your financial support allows us to continue on the path of equality for all people, but particularly for those in the marginalized LGBT+ community. Your donation, in any amount, can help us achieve our goals of developing a diverse and inclusive rowing organization. Chicago Rowing Union is a volunteer run organization and we are not-for-profit and tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, which means your donation may also be tax deductible.


Chicago Rowing Union is privately funded with membership dues, generous donations, and fundraising events. Our members are committed to volunteering both with our club and out in the community. We have a strong Board of Directors who believe in our mission and have a long-term vision toward growth. Our intention is to inspire personal accomplishment, camaraderie, community, and a competitive landscape in a team atmosphere.

Inclusiveness lies at the heart of CRU. A foundational pillar of ours is to ensure that there is no barrier to entry due to financial reasons. To accomplish this goal, it is paramount that we receive financial support from people and organizations who believe in our mission. We are currently looking for sponsorship to help us provide financial assistance to rowers who cannot afford monthly dues. Your generous donation will also be used to maintain and update equipment as needed to keep us safe and competitive without having to resort to substantially increasing our member dues.


We can offer some of the following benefits:

  • Your organization's logo on the CRU website and marketing materials

  • Mentions during events

  • Your organization’s logo on team apparel and team banners

  • Promotion to our members and prospective members

  • Promotion via our social media channels

This is by no means an all-inclusive list. We look forward to working with you to provide something worthy in exchange for your generous donation. If your company is truly a progressive company who sees the benefit of supporting equity we’d love to hear from you!

If you have more questions about 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.


As a dedicated LGBT+ organization, Chicago Rowing Union wants to ensure that all people in the Chicagoland-area who identify at LGBT+ or as an ally have the opportunity to experience the amazing sport of rowing. To make rowing safe, affordable, and accessible to as many Chicagoland-area LGBT+ community members as possible we’re raising money to support CRU’s Rower Assistance program, our equipment maintenance & replacement fund, and the general operational expenses. This fundraiser leads up to our annual Erg-a-Thon, an event where CRU hosts a fabulous party and will collectively row as many non-stop meters as time allows. That’s how dedicated we are to adhering to the tenets of our Mission Statement!

Please help more people get on the water so they can start making their own rowing memories! By supporting CRU, you ensure more Chicagoland-area LGBT+ community members and allies can join a team that emphasizes teamwork, personal accomplishments, fitness, and friendship, all in an inclusive and welcoming space that encourages every single member to be who they are.

Any donation - large or small - will go a long way toward helping us meet our 2019 fundraising goals, and donations are tax deductible.

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