All donations are tax deductible.
The Lions are an inclusive co-ed, competitive club committed to promoting the sport of rugby through organized team play and participation in league matches and tournaments. We are proud to be a part of the wave of growing support for rugby, as the sport makes giant leaps into the American mainstream sports entertainment industry. With the rugby 7s debut in the Olympics (the first time since 1924) and World Cup games being broadcast on NBC, we are entering a new era of rugby.
Our mission, as a 501 ©(3) non-profit, is to promote rugby union in the greater New York City area and to giving a first-class rugby experience to its members. In order to ensure that we can meet our goals, there is a financial weight that our players must bear. All players are responsible for paying for their membership to the VLRFC, but we take pride in our non-profit status and embrace our mission statement as such so the Lions can always be an inclusive club where cost shouldn’t prohibit someone from their love of the game. We raise tens of thousands of dollars through our events like our tournaments, White Collar Boxing and Halloween/Holiday fundraisers. However, as we grow and succeed our costs exponentially increase. The clubs operating costs are just under $115,000 in 2016 and while the club is managed better than ever we still could use some help.
We invite you to join us in advancing our mission of promoting the game and providing first class experience for our hardworking, dedicated players. We’ve identified three areas for patrons of the club to support our efforts. The categories are aimed to help the Club with long term financial security, immediate expenses, and helping Lions in need.
We hope you will consider supporting the Lions this giving season!
In an effort to ensure that the Club has a secure and solid infrastructure, as players, supporters and administrators come and go, we have created an Endowment Fund. The Club nears 30 years in existence, and we want to promise the next generation of Lions that they will have a support system to turn to that will not solely be based on annual fundraising efforts. To make this effort come to fruition, we aim to raise and save $25,000 every two years to make a future investment where it’s profits one day will assist the clubs yearly operation costs.
Club General Fund
To offset the out of pocket costs of major club wide expenses, such as: a sideline storage container for game day setup (approximately $1,200), upgrading our training sessions with new equipment and a more central location (approximately of $3,000) and the cost of quality coaches ($6,000 industry standard) we aim to raise at least $5,000 to allot to a general fund that can be accessed at any time.
Player Assistance Fund
The Lions are devoted to inclusivity. We want to develop the game for all players, including those with financial restrictions. The Player Assistance Fund (PAF) would assist with membership fees, USA Rugby registration costs, student assistance, and entry costs for clinics/camps. We aim to raise $2,500 annually to support this specific effort. These funds are only accessible for Club use once a player asks the Club for assistance.
Village Lions Rugby Football Club is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of rugby union in the greater New York City area and to giving a first-class rugby experience to its members. All donations are tax deductible.