Donating to Tidalwaves

Like all teams in the Marin Swim League, Tidalwaves is a non-profit community organization and must raise funds every year in order to keep partipication fees in check while still covering our operating expenses. We do this by holiding an annual Lap-a-Thon fundraiser in April, as well as by accepting donations from members of the community at any time of year.


Lap-a-Thon is our annual fundraiser when our swimmers help their team by soliciting pledges from friends and family for each lap they swim during a special event. This year we aim for 99% of swimmers to participate and raise at least $20,000, or the equivalent of ~$100/swimmer. Swimmers can solicit donations in a few ways:

  • Door to Door Fundraising: Lap-a-Thon swimmer packets are distributed at practice or Pizza/Cheer Night. These packets include everything for the kids that want to go door to door with their efforts. Neighbors love to hear the kids tell them about their team and what it means to them...especially if their kids are already all grown up...
  • Online Fundraising: When the fundraiser is launched, swimmers can also send pledge requests to out-of-town friends and family by clicking on the Please Help icon on the Tidalwaves home page and then clicking Promote > Emails to customize their own ask emails. Alternatively they can click Social to share a donation link on Facebook.

At the Lap-a-Thon event itself, swimmers have fun from start to finish. There's music, snacks, goodies, and raffle prizes about every 10 minutes while our kids swim laps for their team. Prizes include gift cards to Jamba Juice, Mags, and Starbucks. Kids in each practice group who raise the most money also can earn the chance to be Coach for the Day. Meanwhile the practice group with the most participation wins a PIZZA PARTY, plus bragging rights!

Sponsorships and Other Donations

Are you an individual who wants to support your local swim team? Or a local business who'd like to gain favor with hundreds of Marin families? Tidalwaves accepts tax-refundable donations and reviews sponsorships all year long. Contact [email protected] for information.

501c3 Tax ID: 68-0051388