Help Make Us Stronger

Last year, with the help of Friends of Minnesota Crew, family, and alumni, we were fortunate enough to update our fleet of eight-man racing shells with two new additions - the Altenhofen and the Dr. Art Erdman - along with a straight four, two pairs, and two singles. This year, we purchased two four person racing shells, which will allow everyone to be on the water as our team continues to grow. We would like to continue to updating our fleet, and we need your help to do this. To help us reach this goal, there is a new and easier way to support the longevity of Minnesota Crew through a regularly scheduled monthly donation. Recurring donations help us to better forecast the amount that can be made available to the team on an annual basis. Should you participate, a contribution of your choosing will be automatically withdrawn and deposited directly to the Minnesota Crew Capital Expense Fund.


Minnesota Crew uses fundraising events such as "Rent a Rowers" to support the sport of rowing and its athletes at the University of Minnesota. Moving, gardening/weeding, landscaping, mowing, raking, and shoveling are the most common requests we receive. Our services are offered in exchange for a tax-deductible donation of $15-20/hour/worker. For inquiries about this fundraising venture, please contact our Fundraising Coordinator - Ryan Gardiner at or using the button below.

Friends of Minnesota Crew, Inc.

Friends of Minnesota Men’s Crew Club, Inc. (commonly referred to as “Friends of Minnesota Crew” or simply “Friends”) was formed in September of 2013 for the purpose of providing financial and logistical support to the University of Minnesota Men’s Rowing Team.  In July of 2014, the Friends of Minnesota Crew was granted 501(c)(3) tax exempt status by the Internal Revenue Service, thus making contributions to the Friends of Minnesota Crew tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. The Friends of Minnesota Crew raise money for the Club through specific fundraising events and through direct appeals for funds. These fundraising efforts target the alumni, parents and other supporters of the Club. Fundraising events include sale of concessions at “home” regattas and parent’s weekends, sale of Club merchandise, and soliciting donations of food and other refreshments for the Club’s use at regattas. The Friends of Minnesota Crew is run entirely by volunteers. These volunteers are parents of current Club members, Club members and alumni of the Club. Please join us in supporting the Club!

What do we do for the rowing team?

  • Generate and channel financial aid for UMN Crew

  • Communicate with parents, alumni, and supporters

  • Organize meals and athlete nutrition at regattas

Donations by Check

Friends of Minnesota Men’s Crew

3184 Fieldstone Drive, Geneva, IL 60134