The Duluth Rowing Club is a non-profit 501(c)3, volunteer-operated organization that relies on community support to continue Duluth’s strong rowing tradition.

Continue the Tradition

Over the years, generous donors have made contributions to support youth programming, club operations, the purchase of new rowing shells and equipment, and the biggest project of all – the construction of the Duluth Rowing Center.

Sources of Revenue

The DRC’s primary sources of revenue are member fees, courses, and proceeds from events like the Duluth Regatta. Youth member fees are intentionally kept affordable to ensure that the Junior Program is accessible to all youth. Youth scholarships are available, and no one is turned away for inability to pay the fee.

To meet its budget, the DRC conducts fundraising activities through an annual giving campaign. Targeted fundraising is also done for projects, like new programs and equipment.

Current Fundraising Focus: Club Operations

Donations are being currently sought to off-set operational costs of the 2021 season.

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic caused the DRC to offer very limited adult rowing, no youth programs, and all learn to row courses, regattas and events were canceled. This impacted the Club’s ability to generate revenue.

For 2021, funds are needed for general Club operations. The DRC will restart the Junior Program, and open rowing to more adults through Learn to Row courses and novice rowing this season. While these programs will restart at some level, it is unlikely that programs will operate at full capacity. The DRC has fixed expenses that must be paid whether the Club is fully operational or not. In addition, there will be coaching costs spread among a smaller number of rowers and added expenses related COVID guidelines.

Make a Donation

Thank you for considering a donation to DRC!

Tax deductible contributions are gratefully accepted online or by mail. Please mail checks to:

Duluth Rowing Club
PO Box 3654
Duluth, MN 55803

If you would like to discuss a gift to the Duluth Rowing Club, please contact Jenny Peterson at

Buy a Commemorative Brick

Thank you for supporting DRC!

You can have your name or that of someone you wish to recognize engraved on a brick that will be permanently placed in the patio area at the Duluth Rowing Center.

The cost is $125, which is a tax-deductible donation. These bricks make great gifts for Junior Rowers and for adults who are past or present rowers.

Thank You to Our Generous Supporters!

View our past fundraising campaigns and the donors who helped us reach our goals.