Fundraising Events

Fundraising Events

For decades, the traditional means by which a TU chapter or council raises funds is by holding an annual fundraising banquet. This is still the primary way that most chapters and councils raise funds, and is an important part of any fundraising event strategy, but there are new and evolving ways that are also helping our organization diversify and increase local fundraising efforts.

Never hesitate to reach out to your Volunteer Operations Staff for ideas on ways you can raise funds, or to be connected to other volunteers like you who have had success raising funds in new ways and are willing to share their resources and lessons learned.

Fundraising Program

No matter what your fundraising event looks like, you’ll likely want to have prizes such as fishing gear and other items to use for raffle and auction prizes. Through the generosity of so many corporate partners like Orvis, TFO, Winston and more, we are able to provide discounts to chapters and councils of 50% or more on select items. The Fundraising Program provides the order forms and details you need to fill in the gaps for your prize needs.

Fundraising Banquets

The tried and true approach to local fundraising, an annual banquet is more than just a way to get donors to support your work, but is also a time to gather as a community and celebrate accomplishments, inspire members and volunteers to do more in the coming year and grow the impact of your efforts!

Film Screenings

A growing trend for TU chapters and councils is to host a film screening to gather together avid and passionate anglers and watch amazing movies of fishing exploits around the globe. While these events also provide excitement and a way to build community, they can be quite lucrative with ticket revenue covering costs and raising funds and an accompanying raffle or auction helping increase the profits!


While raffles and auctions are great ways to get supporters to donate, simply gathering people who care together to learn how they could do more to help your efforts in a fund, friendly and low-pressure environment is another way to raise significant resources. Any venue can work for a friendraiser, but so far we’ve learned that breweries – especially those along a river – make for a great venue!


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