WHAT IS THE EMBRACE A STREAM CHALLENGE?
The Embrace A Stream Challenge is a week-long, online competition from Nov. 6-12, 2017 to help bring critical funding to important local Trout Unlimited chapter projects in streams and schools across the country. Sponsored by Trout Unlimited and Orvis, we are challenging all of our members and supporters to “Give Where You Fish” and ensure our coldwater resources get the help they need now more than ever. Whether you give to support a river in your own backyard, or choose to donate to a project across the country on a river you care about, every gift makes a difference and - even better - can help a local TU chapter unlock it's share of $50,000 in additional prizes provided by Orvis and Trout Unlimited!
HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?
The Embrace A Stream Challenge is simple. Search for a TU chapter or project by name and make a donation of $10 or more to support the effort to improve rivers, educate youth and inspire communities around conservation. Your donation - made between midnight on Nov. 6 and 11:59 p.m. on Nov. 12 - will go directly to support that chapter and project, and can help unlock additional prize funds.
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES THAT PROJECTS CAN WIN?
Prizes are based on the total number of gifts, and the total amount raised and are awarded from a $50,000 prize pool provided by Orvis and Trout Unlimited. All projects are broken into one of three categories - small, medium and large (based on chapter membership size) - so that each project is competing against similarly sized organizations. The prize structure is as follows for each of the three size categories:
- Most Unique Donors - $5,000 prize
- Most Money Raised - $2,500 prize
- Most gifts of $25 or Higher - $1,500 prize
- Most gifts of $10 to $24.99 - $1,000 prize
In addition, there are prizes of $100, $250 and $500 that will be given out throughout the week to randomly selected donations. For example, a total of 42 randomly selected $10 donations will unlock prizes of $100 and a total of 21 randomly selected $50 donations will unlock prizes of $500. You never know when your donation - no matter the size - will unlock one of these random prizes!
HOW WERE THE CHAPTERS/PROJECTS CHOSEN?
All of the chapters and projects featured in the Embrace A Stream Challenge first had to go through a rigorous process of review by the Embrace A Stream Committee, a group of 11 Trout Unlimited volunteers from across the country elected by their peers to review and approve grant applications through our Embrace A Stream grants program, which since starting in 1973 has funded more than 1,050 locally-driven TU chapter projects with over $4.6 million in direct funding and $13 million raised in matching funds and in-kind services. The chapters invited to participate in the Embrace A Stream Challenge have all received an Embrace A Stream grant in 2017.
CAN I DONATE TO MORE THAN ONE TROUT UNLIMITED CHAPTER/PROJECT?
Yes! You can support as many chapters and projects as you would like. In fact, on the main page you can click the green "Add Gift" button to easily add multiple projects and donations before checking out.
CAN I DONATE WITH A CASH, CHECK OR ANOTHER METHOD TO A CHAPTER/PROJECT?
While all donations to TU projects support our important conservation and education work at the local level. Only donations made by credit card, online through the official Embrace A Stream Challenge donation forms will count in the competition for the prizes.
WHAT IF THE TROUT UNLIMITED CHAPTER RAISES MORE THAN IT NEEDS FOR THE PROJECT LISTED ON THE EMBRACE A STREAM CHALLENGE WEBSITE?
Every donation made to a chapter or project will support great, local conservation and education work at the local level. If a chapter raises more than it needs to complete the project identified in this online competition, it will use the additional funds to support it's ongoing and critical work of bringing Trout Unlimited's mission to its local community.
IS MY DONATION TAX DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes, your donation to any Trout Unlimited chapter in the Embrace A Stream Challenge is fully tax deductible. You will receive an email receipt upon completion of your donation listing the amount of your donation for your tax purposes.
CAN MY CHAPTER DONATE TO ITS OWN PROJECT USING OUR CHAPTER CREDIT CARD?
No, donations from a chapter to its own project will be ineligible for consideration in the awarding of prizes in the Embrace A Stream Challenge competition.