The Double Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) Development fund was established with the Sports Foundation in 2014 to support the club’s effort to grow and develop. DBSC provides competitive Laser racing for men and women, junior and open. Members of DBSC range from complete novices all the way to international championships including former and prospective Olympians.
Double Bay Sailing Club is run completely by volunteers with the fundraising projects arranged by the management committee and delegated to specific volunteers to implement.
Major items funded in part through the Foundation have included clubhouse extension and new race start committee boat.
DBSC have raised smaller amounts for various capital improvements / equipment upgrades, including new boat dollies, new racing buoys and response boat mechanical upgrades. They have also run programs at various times to raise money in support of high performance sailors (sailors with prospects in national and international competition).
DBSC promoted their fundraising needs in their weekly electronic club newsletter, made announcements at their weekly sailing race briefing, and “tapped” certain members on the shoulder to make direct personal requests for contributions.
Interestingly DBSC did not target external fundraising instead they focused on their own members and the inner circle. The club sent personal thank you notes from their Commodore and made collective statements of thanks in their public meetings.
DBSC gave this advice to clubs starting their own fundraising projects: A strong and diverse leadership team, a committed membership with a strong volunteer ethos, and projects that clearly benefit the membership community are three ingredients that go a long way to success in internal fundraising.