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Become a Sponsor

Give. Restore. Enjoy.

As a Friends of the Rouge sponsor, you have the opportunity to give a transformational gift to support our mission. Your sponsorship will strengthen critical restoration and education programs and continue the tradition of Friends of the Rouge staff and volunteers working together to restore and protect our river, streams and lakes. Your sponsorship will support clean, healthy water in the Rouge River and the Great Lakes.

What happens to the Rouge River affects you. What you do to sponsor FOTR outreach efforts affects our future.

Friends of the Rouge works to prevent pollution and raise awareness of how the daily actions of residents impact water quality by engaging individuals, families, students, corporate groups, and community leaders in hands-on activities to clean and restore our river. The organization brings vastly diverse groups of people together and generates measurable change.

A few of our many outreach efforts you'd be supporting

  • Tens of thousands of volunteers have participated in Rouge Rescue events since 1986, allowing the program to evolve from trash pick-up to streambank stabilization, invasive removal, and other quality restoration projects
  • Tens of thousands of students have participated in the Rouge Education Project for the past 30 years. This comprehensive environmental education project was the first of its kind, and has helped empower young people with knowledge to address environmental issues in their communities now and to think critically as adults.
  • Thousands of volunteers have participated in Bug Hunts and monitoring activities, collecting data that is used by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to monitor the progress of restoration efforts.
  • Work continues on developing the Rouge River Water Trail, a recreation and economic asset for our community and region.
  • Beginning as a pilot program in 2015, the Rain Gardens to the Rescue Program has worked with dozens of homeowners throughout the city of Detroit to install rain gardens that, in total, prevent thousands of gallons of storm water from overwhelming the sewer system. These grassroots efforts are spreading throughout the city and promote green infrastructure individuals can install that directly improve water quality.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Level-of-Giving Benefits

Company Recognition: Sponsors at all levels will receive a decal of recognition.

Organization: Level 1 & 2

Level 1

Sponsor recognized in FOTR program & event press releases (including Rouge Rescue)
Reach: Varies

Level 2

Sponsor recognized in FOTR program & event press releases (including Rouge Rescue)
Reach: Varies
Sponsor logo displayed as a Guardian sponsor on general event materials
Reach: Varies

Website

Logo displayed or name listed(1) on Our Sponsors page
Reach: 25,000+ Visits per year

Newsletter

Sponsor logo displayed in bi-weekly e-newsletter with link to company website
Reach: 8,000 and Growing

Social Media

Facebook and Twitter post(s) with logo and/or link to sponsor website
Reach: 8,000+ Likes and Growing

Rouge Rescue: Level 1, 2 & 3

Level 1

Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Rescue signature t-shirt
Reach: 2,000

Level 2

Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Rescue signature t-shirt
Reach: 5,000
Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Rescue program report
Reach: 2,000+

Level 3

Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Rescue signature t-shirt
Reach: 2,000
Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Rescue, Volunteer Monitoring, and REP program reports
Reach: 2,000+
Sponsor supplied banner displayed at premier Rouge Rescue work site (optional)
Reach: 200

Rouge Education Project: Level 1 & 2

Level 1

Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Education  Project watershed map/poster
Reach: 5,000

Level 2

Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on Rouge Education  Project watershed map/poster
Reach: 5,000
Sponsor logo printed or name listed(1) on REP program reports
Reach: 2,000+

Fundraiser: Rouge Cruise Add-ons

Level 1

Captain Sponsor: Add $5,000
First Mate Sponsor: Add $2,500
Cruiser Sponsor: Add $1,000

Level 2

Captain Sponsor: Add $4,750
First Mate Sponsor: Add $2,500
Cruiser Sponsor: Add $1,000

Discounts: 15% off tickets

Level 3

Captain Sponsor: Add $4,500
First Mate Sponsor: Add $2,250
Cruiser Sponsor: Add $1,000

Complimentary Tickets and Discounts: 2 tickets** plus 15% off additional tickets

Level 4

Captain Sponsor: Add $4,000
First Mate Sponsor: Add $2,000
Cruiser Sponsor: Add $1,000

Complimentary Tickets and Discounts: 2 tickets** plus 20% off additional tickets

Notes:
* Sponsorship Commitment Form must be received by March 1st to guarantee inclusion on the REP map/poster and April 1st for the Rouge Rescue t-shirt. Restrictions and deadlines apply.
(1) Sponsor name will be listed at Donor ($1,000) level. Numbers are approximate
** Sponsor tickets must be confirmed a minimum of 5 weeks prior to the event or are subject to forfeiture.
For more information, please contact Karen Hanna at 313.792.9900 or khanna@therouge.org.

Donor

$1,000
  • Recognition:
    certificate
     
     

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  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    (1) e-news
  • Social Media

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  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 1

Supporter

$2,500
  • Recognition:
    certificate
     
     

  •  
  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    1 month
  • Social Media
  • Rouge Rescue:
    Level 1
  • Rouge Ed Proj:
    Level 1
  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 1

Advocate

$5,000
  • Recognition:
    certificate
     
     

  •  
  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    2 months
  • Social Media
  • Rouge Rescue:
    Level 1
  • Rouge Ed Proj:
    Level 1
  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 1

Steward

$10,000
  • Recognition:
    certificate
     
     
  • Organization:
    Level 1
  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    3 months
  • Social Media
  • Rouge Rescue:
    Level 2
  • Rouge Ed Proj:
    Level 2
  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 2

Protector

$15,000
  • Recognition:
    plaque &
    press release
  • Organization:
    Level 1
  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    6 months
  • Social Media
  • Rouge Rescue:
    Level 3
  • Rouge Ed Proj:
    Level 2
  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 3

Guardian

$20,000+
  • Recognition:
    plaque &
    press release
  • Organization:
    Level 2
  • Website
  • Newsletter:
    1 Year
  • Social Media
  • Rouge Rescue:
    Level 3
  • Rouge Ed Proj:
    Level 2
  • Rouge Cruise
    Add-ons:
    Level 4