Coosa River Basin Initiative

Raise Money to Support CRBI!

Compete in the WATERFEST XIV Canoe-a-thon and help us protect the Coosa River! 

CRBI's WATERFEST XIV Canoe-a-thon lets CRBI supporters and WATERFEST participants raise money to protect our drinking water sources and North America's most biologically diverse river basin. CLICK ON THE "JOIN NOW" BUTTON TO SET UP YOUR FUNDRAISING PAGE AND GET STARTED!

WATERFEST XIV takes place May 2-3, 2014 at Ridge Ferry Park in Rome. The event includes a 5K and Fun Run with a waterslide finish, a 13-mile Race on the Oostanaula River, Canoe and Kayak Tug-O-Wars, a Kayak Fishing Tournament and an Environmental Fair featuring exhibits, live animal demonstrations, an Environmental Scavenger Hunt for kids and our Environmental Quiz Bowl for area elementary schools.

IN THE CANOE-A-THON COMPETITION CRBI supporters and participants in WATERFEST solicit donations from friends, family and business associates to support CRBI's efforts to protect our drinking water and North America's most biologically diverse river basin.

Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraisers including...

  • Old Town Saranac 146 Canoe courtesy of Johnson Outdoors ($599)
  • Perception Sport Sound 9.5 Kayak courtesy of Cedar Creek Park ($319)
  • Patagonia clothing
  • Vacation getaways
  • More prizes to be announced soon!!

And new this year... a special prize for the top youth fundraiser!! In our youth division, the youth age 16 and under who raises the most money for CRBI will win an Ocean Kayak Banzai, a sit-on-top kayak made especially for kids!!

Set up your own online fundraising page and get started NOW! Your rivers need you!

Supporters donating $35 or more receive a year's membership in CRBI.

All donations must be received by May 3 at 10 a.m. to be included in the fundraising competition.

Good luck! We'll see you at WATERFEST!

QUESTIONS? Call 706-232-2724

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Tips for Raising Money

Raising money for a good cause is easier than you might think. The number one reason people give is because they are asked!
By asking others to support your cause, you are giving them the opportunity to contribute to something important, and that will make them feel good.
1. First, put in your own contribution. Bring your lunch to work one or two days a week instead
of going out to make up the difference.
2. Ask your partner for $20. Make him/her a nice dinner at home instead of going out.
3. Ask your doctor/dentist/therapist/chiropractor/vet/coach/mechanic for a donation.
4. Ask a local business. Go to the coffee shop, gym, local restaurant, grocery.
5. Ask a friend for $20 or ask 4 friends for $5.
6. Ask your neighbors. Not comfortable knocking on doors? Write a letter and insert a return envelope.
7. Ask a relative.
8. Ask a church/temple/ member.
9. Ask your boss/co-workers. Does your company have a matching gift program? Display a
donation bucket in your place of business. Put a candy/donation jar on your desk.
10. Ask your hairstylist.
11. Ask your rotary club for a donation.
12. Take a Canoe-a-thon form to the bus stop, soccer game, daycare, or school. Hard copies are available at our website!
13. Contact the national chapter of your fraternity or sorority.