In response to UCI Rowing being discontinued as a varsity sport and transitioning to Club status in the summer of 2010, the Friends organization formalized its structure to provide support to the program.  Specifically, we became a California corporation; filed with the IRS to become a 501(c)(3) charity to receive tax-deductible contributions; established bank and PayPal* accounts to accept donations to the Crew (click the donate link below); and named a Board of Directors.

Each year the UC Irvine Rowing program raises a large portion of its budget through donations from alumni, boosters, parents and families. We encourage all Alumni and other Friends to demonstrate their support for the program by attending UCI rowing events; supporting our coaches in the development of fine student-athletes; providing financial and other material support to the program; and answering the call when additional help is needed.

If you’re interested in helping the Men’s Program in this way, then please contribute any amount that you can.

If you are looking to support the Women’s Crew, please visit their website here.

Does your company offer a charitable contribution match incentive? Please check with your HR department to see if you can get them to double your giving.  They will need our Tax ID number to verify our charitable status: 27-0763131.  A little extra effort can go a long way!

You may mail checks to:

Friends of UC Irvine Rowing

P.O. Box 8855

Newport Beach, CA 92658

Or, donate through PayPal* here:

Please consider making a recurring (monthly) donation. Having a reliable revenue stream is incredibly helpful to the day-to-day operations of the crew.

*There is a fee to send money as a personal payment using a debit card or credit card with PayPal. The fee in the U.S. is 2.9% plus $0.30 USD of the amount you send. For example, if you send $100.00 USD by credit card, the fee would be $3.20 USD ($2.90 + $0.30). For personal payments, the sender can pay the fee or pass it on to the recipient.

There is no fee if you use your PayPal balance or bank account for domestic transactions. To do this, log into your PayPal account overview, click the “Pay or Send Money” button, and then choose “Send Money to Friends or Family.” Enter our fundraising email address, (unmonitored mailbox), the amount you want to give and click “Next” to follow the remaining instructions on the site.

 We continue to express our gratitude to Henry Nicholas III for his generous 1999 gift to the endowment for UCI Rowing, from which the generated interest makes yearly contributions to the program.  Further, we  thank Duvall Hecht, founder of UCI Rowing, for his sustaining financial support and leadership for all these decades.

In addition to financial donations, the UCI Rowing receives substantial, regular, and steadfast non-financial support through volunteers, parents, and families of UCI rowers. We couldn’t do this without you. Thank you!