Fundraising Resources

People are the backbone and the force of our conservation efforts. However, money keeps the lights on late at night while we’re planning those conservation projects. Funds raised can pay for the tank at the new Trout in the Classroom program across town or buy two hours of a bulldozer and backhoe to move boulders and large woody debris to your in-stream habitat restoration or a dozen new rods for your veteran’s service project.

Fundraising is one of the most important endeavors of a successful chapter and all successful chapters are great at fundraising—the two go hand in hand. Although it comes with its particular challenges, all chapters have the potential to tap into their community to raise funds and successfully bankroll projects, but remember a successful fundraising project starts long before the ask or the event, typically with a fundraising committee and a thoughtful plan.

Trout Unlimited Fundraising Program
Every chapter, council, and subsidiary entity within Trout Unlimited is eligible to participate in the TU Fundraising Program. Through the graciousness of our industry partners, we are able to offer a whole spectrum of outdoor goods for chapters to purchase at extreme discounts for the purpose of fundraising. You’ll find everything you need for your raffle and banquet prizes in this page. Shipping times may vary but do not normally exceed 2-4 weeks from purchase date.

Important Fundraising Resources, Guides & Documents

A New Approach to Fundraising

Many chapters and councils have had great success moving beyond the banquet and developing fun, new ways to raise funds. From hosting a fishing film screening to holding a streamside BBQ and silent auction, to hosting a “friendraiser” at a brewery or sending a project-specific appeal directly to members, all of these tactics can help reach new supporters and raise more funds for your work. The examples and resources below offer some insights into what has worked for other TU chapters and councils, but never hesitate to reach out to your Volunteer Operations Staff for advice and guidance.


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following events:

In-Person Trainings:

2021 Annual Meeting
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Annual Meeting is cancelled.

2021 Regional Rendezvous
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Regional Rendezvous are postponed.

Online Trainings:

View past training recordings or join an upcoming live, online webinar, held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

February 23 — Virtual Advocacy: Using Online Petitions to Grow Impact (8PM)

March 4 — Filing the NEW Annual Activity Report & IRS Reporting Requirements (8PM)

March 15 — Embrace A Stream Grant Training (8PM)

March 29 — Effective Digital Communications During COVID (8PM)

April 8 — TU Event Registration Tools to Better Manage and Promote Your Activities (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning