SDMS has launched it’s first-ever program-wide fundraiser. You may have seen an email about it or checked out the fundraiser on generosity.com. SDMS is different from many youth sports. We don’t do fundraisers every season or even every year. We understand that our families already have significant demands on their time, their money and their energy.
So why now?
Well for a lot of reasons. We suggest checking out this infographic flier for the key reasons why we are tackling a big fundraiser now.
In short, SDMS is trying to continue to build Southside Swimming (that includes Norwalk and Carlisle!) into something special. After 13 years, those efforts are paying off! In 2017 – both the men’s and women’s high school teams won two metro conference titles (both the regular season and the championship meet itself). Those achievements are possible because of the SDMS swimmers who have aged-up into high school swimming.
With the SDMS program, the club and high school teams work together.
Below are few common questions. If you have more, please let us know!
- Where do I donate?
You can donate online at Generosity – http://www.generosity.com/sports-fundraising/south-dm-swimming. You can also donate offline via check.
- Is there a limit?
No. You can donate as much or as little as you like. Even $10 helps cover an hour of payroll!
- Why is Generosity is asking me for more money than I chose to donate?
Generosity is the only fundraising platform that gives basically 100% of the donations to the organization/person raising funds. Other sites (GoFundMe, etc) take 10%-15% of your donation to help their cover costs. Generosity asks instead if you’d like to donate a percentage to the company to help keep it free for fundraisers like ours. They default to a certain percent, but you can raise / lower to any amount (even none).
- Is there a gift for donating?
Yes! You’ll see the donation rewards listed for a several dollar amounts along the right side of the page (desktop / tablet view). Rewards start at $50 and go up $2500. There are individual rewards and business rewards. Sports sponsorship is a great way for local businesses to get community recognition at an affordable price.
- Can I (or my company) donate an amount not listed?
Yes! You can select a custom amount. Just click the orange “Donate Now” button. If you’re company would like to donate more than $2500 and would like to discuss other options for the business rewards, please contact us.
- When does the fundraiser end?
We’re planning on having the fundraiser close the first week of December. We don’t have a firm deadline, but we also understand many families will be turning their attention to the holiday season around this time.
- Will SDMS do additional fundraisers?
No, we don’t plan on it. We have not done a large ask like this ever before in 10 years! We hope we don’t have to ask again for a long time. Of course, we can’t guarantee anything because things change (rent, district policies, cost of goods, etc). But we hope this fundraiser will allow us to keep our rates the same for a 4th straight year for most practice levels. We know having consistent registration fees is important to our families.
We truly appreciate your support!