Cambridge University Boat Club: Pulling Together 2023

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About

Pulling Together is CUBC's annual digital fundraising event, where members, parents, and supporters come together to invest in the future of the Club.  This second annual month of support and giving, a new tradition for the Club, is taking place from 26 February - 26 March 2023. 

Just as success in the boat is achieved through the energy of every single member of the crew, we’re asking all of the members of our community to invest in the Club’s future, today.

We're very excited to announce that this year the first £30,000 raised will be matched £ for £ by an anonymous donor! 

Your participation, in whatever way makes sense for you, will demonstrate to current and future Cambridge rowers that there is a strong community behind them – full of rich traditions and that share a common goal.

We are all Light Blue and we’re moving the club forward, together.

Your gift will support: 

All gifts received through this campaign will support the Pulling Together Fund, our year round regular giving programme which funds the Club's most pressing priorities, which are:

Why is CUBC raising funds?

Over the last six or seven years, commercial sponsorship income received by the three legacy clubs and subsequently the combined CUBC, which was our principal source of income, has significantly reduced; in fact, 2014-15 was the last year when the operating and capital costs of the legacy clubs were fully financed from commercial sponsorship.  

In the years 2020-21 and 2021-22, approximately 20% of CUBC’s costs were funded by sponsorship income. It has become clear that although the Boat Races will still attract commercial sponsorship, it is unlikely that sponsorship alone will ever again deliver sufficient funding for either Oxford or Cambridge to deliver crews of the highest quality to the stake boats on Boat Race day and Lightweight Boat Race day. The cost of delivering one of London’s most iconic sporting and cultural events with 250,000 spectators is approximately twice as expensive as it was 10 years ago, resulting in lower levels of income for the Club. To meet the funding challenge, we have put in place plans to diversify revenues. This will ensure the survival of the Boat Races, and that competition can continue at the highest level possible in perpetuity.

What is this year's goal? 

Rather than a specific monetary goal, participation and collective impact are our aims. We know that global events have affected everyone differently, so we encourage you to give at whatever level makes sense for you. We want all members, parents, and supporters to share the Club's vision and actively take part -- and join those who are already giving regularly! 

Ways to get involved:

🎁 Make a gift

  • Any gift, no matter how big or small, will help us grow our world-class programmes.
  • Recurring gifts – either on a monthly or yearly basis – are the best way for you to provide sustainable support for our student-athletes and coaches.

🤝  Offer a Match (or Challenge)

  • Match and challenge opportunities will be displayed on the website and will unlock additional gifts when certain thresholds are met. This is a fantastic way to encourage participation from others. 
  • Consider restricting your match or challenge by your crew year or decade.

💌  Spread the word

  • Using the sample language provided in our volunteer toolkit, spread the word via email, text message, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, phone call, etc.
  • While you’re sharing, encourage others to attend the 2022 Boat Race Dinner. 
  • Find everything you need to know about spreading the word, including sample language for emails and social media in our Volunteer Toolkit here

In addition to the donors supporting this initiative we would also like to recognise the incredible generosity of the group of founding donors of The CUBC Rowing Charitable Fund, an endowment fund created to hold major philanthropic gifts to the Club in perpetuity. Many thanks to Stephen Peel, David Cassidy, Jim Garman, Siobhan & Adrian Cassidy, Matt Brittin, Sam Brooks and Malcolm Baker. We are also deeply grateful to those who have committed to the endowment anonymously.

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Affiliation
AffiliationDonorsRaised (£)
Parents 17£10,087
Current Squad Members2£300
Coaches/Support Staff6£300
Supporters7£580
Alumni/Members242£125,151
Crew YearWhich crew year will have the highest participation?
Crew YearDonorsRaised (£)
199315£22,570
201821£1,321
20168£1,291
19790£0
20023£725
19973£2,100
199810£5,793
20177£527
19927£2,210
20043£1,188
20212£62
19962£1,100
20016£1,314
20066£2,688
19580£0
19661£1,000
19914£515
20133£1,018
20104£1,851
19550£0
19834£1,993
20227£441
19741£88
19684£1,595
19896£3,132
19773£3,040
19955£1,725
19761£78
19821£800
20084£554
198611£11,543
19789£6,206
19811£53
20193£225
19692£1,064
19610£0
20005£674
19806£496
20140£0
19876£12,319
19520£0
20152£165
19721£438
20230£0
19844£14,025
19652£115
19540£0
199011£3,283
19756£4,575
19887£1,902
20035£1,431
19621£250
19570£0
19640£0
19859£1,974
20206£408
19674£2,463
19710£0
20072£220
19590£0
20125£329
19738£3,518
20094£726
19531£88
19993£650
19945£846
20053£1,894
19702£850
19560£0
19500£0
19510£0
19632£335
19600£0
20113£700
Decade Challenge Which decade will have the highest participation?
Decade DonorsRaised (£)
2010-20199£1,694
1980-198913£13,230
1990-199917£8,890
1960 - 19693£2,000
2020-Present7£387
1970-19799£3,270
2000-20094£1,850
1950 - 19590£0
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Gradhat icon90%Alumni/Members
Friends icon77%Decade(s), if rowed
Parent icon7%Parents
Friends icon3%Supporter
Friends icon3%Coaches/Support Staff
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