INTRODUCTION TO THE CAMPAIGN

Thank you for volunteering as a leader for the Green Lake Community Boathouse campaign, helping us reach out to alumni like you, who want to give back to the program that gave them so much.

For 70 years, Green Lake Crew has been on the waters of Green Lake, first existing out of a building on the north side near the community center, and later moving down to its current location in the Green Lake Small Craft Center. GLC has always been about getting more people on the water – starting with a small boys’ program, then the first public girls’ program in the country, and expanding to adult rowers in the mid-80s. In all that time, we have had a solid commitment to our rowers – if you show up, we’ll make sure you can get out on the water. Our financial aid program helps us keep that promise, and our robust outreach program continues to introduce underserved people to the potential of watersports like crew.

In order to continue our commitment of making Green Lake accessible to all, we have to overcome the challenges of our current facility. The Green Lake Small Craft Center lacks basic things like storage and changing spaces, decent bathrooms, a dry and safe place to erg, instructional space, and additional storage for equipment. It isn’t ADA-compliant and lacks the ability to provide opportunities for adaptive rowing. We can’t meet our own goals of expanding the program to even more people until we take care of these basic elements.

That’s where this campaign and your efforts come in. To date, we have raised $5.6M in public and private gifts of our overall goal of $6.5M. We’re approaching the last 500 meters and we need your help to get to the finish line. We have a variety of ways for people to give and get involved, and you’ll find many ideas on our website.

For everyone, we have the opportunity to buy-a-brick in the new plaza outside the boathouse – to commemorate a family who rowed, a beloved coach, or even an entire boat of rowers. For alumni in particular, we’ve envisioned a Race for the Boathouse, where decades of alumni can compete with each other for top fundraising status.

Our donation page makes it easy to make a one-time gift or a multiple-year pledge, while the contributors page acknowledges all who have made a gift to the boathouse to date. Our recognition page describes the benefits of various gift levels and space naming opportunities. The website is also full of information about the plans for the boathouse. We invite you to explore all the website pages and share its links with your fellow alumni.

We’re so happy you’ve decided to join us in the boat. Please pass on any suggestions or feedback you have for the campaign, we would love to hear your ideas!