Rubber Duck Race For Nonprofits

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The Victoria Duck Safari, presented by the Victoria Symphony, made quite a splash in the fall of 2020.

It was the organization’s first year racing and they managed to adopt more than triple their original duck adoption goal. When they first started they had hoped to adopt 5,000 ducks, but ended up adopting 16,000 ducks total!

The Victoria Duck Safari did an amazing job promoting their event on Facebook and Instagram by sharing images they created, as well as content from the shared images on Equack. They also made their own custom promo video, which you can view here.

The Victoria Duck Safari partnered with 23 local nonprofits, including YMCA of the Golden Crescent, The Texas Zoo, Junior League of Victoria and many more.

Despite the pandemic and it being their first year racing, the Victoria Duck Safari was very successful. The hard work amongst the team members, community organizations and sponsors helped create a rewarding community event for everyone involved.

Be sure to check out the Victoria Duck Safari Facebook, where you can watch multiple videos that were live streamed during their inaugural event.

With the 2021 Duck Season approaching, we wanted to feature one of our most successful duck racers of 2020, the Nevada Humane Society.

The rapid onset of the pandemic changed everyone’s lives very quickly and how we all functioned on a day to day basis. Many in-person fundraising events were cancelled, and non-profits began to struggle with finding ways to raise money for their organizations. 2020 was a trying year for all of us.

The events fundraising industry had to make many adaptations to survive, including the rubber duck race fundraiser. All of our racers, both new and old, had to come up with innovative strategies to produce successful events in a virtual world.

The Nevada Humane Society Duck Race didn’t let the pandemic slow them down whatsoever. They found new ways to construct their event, and more than doubled their duck adoption goal and revenue from previous years. The final results? Over 47,000 ducks adopted and almost $200,000 in duck adoption revenue raised! 2020 was their 6th year racing, and the most successful one yet.

In conclusion, we can always let unfortunate circumstances be an excuse to give up. Or we can rise up to the challenge, and come up with innovative ways to keep moving forward. Stay tuned to read about more of our racers who had successful events in 2020!

Watch the Nevada Humane Society Duck Race video here.

As large events are still on hold for the time being, duck races continue on. Just a few weeks ago, the Desert Duck Derby went on to sell 9,000 ducks with an original goal of 5,000 ducks! Although they weren’t able to host the event they originally planned, The Arizona Pet Project went live on Instagram for the main event. The ducks were brought to one of their sponsor’s warehouses where the ducks were tagged and dropped in a pile. Churchill, a pup looking for his furever home was selected to pluck the winning ducks. He did his best but he needed some reinforcement to find the winners.

We may not be able to attend events for a little while longer. But we can still participate and engage in them virtually all while giving back to our communities!

Check out the live stream below!

Desert Duck Derby Instagram Live

This weekend the ducks are in the desert for the 1st Desert Duck Derby. First year racer, The Arizona Pet Project has shown everything but slowing down with their fundraising efforts. Already surpassing their original goal of 5,000 ducks, they’re well on their way to a new goal of 8,000 ducks. All proceeds benefit pets and their families in need along with Lost Our Home Pet Rescue.

Although no longer an event open to the public, the duck pluck will be live- streamed at one of their sponsor’s warehouse. A sweet pup who is up for adoption will randomly pluck the winning ducks out of a pile. The first lucky duck selected will win a 5-day African Safari for 2 plus other quacktastic prizes; including an electric scooter from Phat Scooters.

Adopt a duck at Desert Duck Derby and tune in on May 2nd at 11:00 am MST to see the festivities live!

With the current condition of social distancing and the inability to gather in large groups, some of our spring duck races are looking different in 2020. One racer that rose to the occasion recently was The Great Brevard Duck Race, hosted by Crosswinds Youth Services. The stay at home order happened less than 2 weeks before their race was set to take place. Head duck, Misty, didn’t want to lose the momentum of duck adoptions being halfway to their goal by postponing their race. She wanted to stick to their mission raising funds to serve at-risk youth and their families. Just as they had done the last 21 years with the duck race.

After some internal discussion and working with GAME on a new social media strategy, they decided to power through. One of their local media/news stations, streamed Facebook Live on race day to announce the winners. Up until the winners were randomly selected and announced, 9,823 ducks had been adopted and over $42,000 in revenue was raised!

Although it wasn’t the crowd filled event they’re used to having, they turned lemons into lemonade and made it work! We can’t wait to see the event they put on for 2021!

See full video here: The Great Brevard Duck Race Facebook LIVE

Great Brevard Duck Race

Freestore Foodbank is going bigger than ever for their 25th Annual Rubber Duck Regatta presented by Dawn! 200,000- yes, 200,000 rubber ducks will hit the Ohio River on September 1st. Each duck purchased, can provide 15 meals for kids in the community. The first lucky duck to cross the finish line will take home a 2019 Honda CRV LX, with a chance to win $1 million! The 2nd prize winner will receive $100 from Kroger every week for a year, and five additional winners will receive $500 cash from Kemba Credit Union.

Freestore Foodbank is one of Ohio’s largest food banks serving 20 counties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. They distribute 27 million meals annually through a network of 450 community partners including food pantries, shelters, community centers and more.

Don’t miss out on the duck spectacle this Sunday, get your duck or Big Quacks (6 ducks for $25) at www.rubberduckregatta.org or at a participating Kroger until Saturday, August 31st. If you can’t make it, you don’t have to be present to win.

Buy A Duck, Feed A Child, Win A Car!

 

More ducks are coming to race for the 3rd Annual Incredible Duck Race presented by the Kiwanis Club of Tampa! On Saturday, August 24th, a total of 15,000 ducks will race down Hillsborough River in front of Curtis Hixon Park. All proceeds will benefit local children’s programs and charities to provide scholarships, build a reading room in Boys & Girls Clubs, build residential accessibility ramps and more!

It’s not too late to adopt a single duck for $5 or a Flock of ducks (25 for $100) at Tampa Duck Race. The first lucky duck to cross the finish line will win $5,000 and 2nd & 3rd place will win cash prizes as well!

If you’re in the Tampa area, check out the festivities which will include family- friendly games, food, and entertainment. You don’t have to be present to win so you can still adopt a duck, help a child and enter for a chance to win cash!

The Incredible Duck Race, Tampa Duck Race, Kiwanis Club of Tampa
Photo Credit: Marsha Kemp Photography

After two weeks resting up, our ducks are back in three cities this Saturday! Both Wakefield Rotary Club and Montville Athletic Club are racing for the 1st time alongside veteran racer, Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary. A grand total of 20,000 ducks will race between these cities to raise money for youth and family-focused programs. If you find one in your area, be sure to check out the festivities and even adopt a duck. You never know, you could be the lucky winner of a cash prize!

1. Super Duper Duck Splash
Ducks Racing: 5,000
Organization: Wakefield Rotary Club of Wake Forest
Where: Wake Forest, NC
Who They Serve: Various local non-profits including Boys & Girls Club, Note in the Pocket, NCFC Youth and SAFEchild.

NC Duck Splash

2. Broncos Lucky Duck Pluck
Ducks Racing: 5,000
Organization: Montville Athletic League
Where: Montville, NJ
Who They Serve: Montville Athletic League, an organization that provides a variety of athletic programs in Montville Township.

Broncos Lucky Duck Pluck- fundraiser for young athletes


3. The Great Eastern Iowa Duck Race
Ducks Racing: 10,000
Organization: Cedar Rapids Daybreak Rotary
Where: Cedar Rapids, IA
Who They Serve: Various local non-profits including YouthPort at Polk Education Center, Jon Cushing Sunshine Foundation, ESNA Village Network and Legacy for Learning.

Great Eastern Iowa Duck Race- rubber duck race

We have numerous reasons why a Derby Duck Race would be great for any nonprofit organization. Here are our top 10 reasons why your nonprofit should do a Derby Duck Race fundraiser.

10. Raise Thousands of Dollars Every Year for Your Organization

Whether your nonprofit organization is large or small, a Derby Duck Race allows your group to raise thousands of dollars for your cause. The longer you race the more opportunity there is to bring awareness to your organization.

9. Bring Your Entire Community Together

There are multiple ways your community can be involved in a Duck Race! Whether sponsoring your event, logistics, adopting ducks, promoting your race on a local media outlet, or just out to enjoy the day and watch the ducks – there is something for EVERYONE to enjoy!

8. Create Unique Sponsorship Opportunities

A Derby Duck Race offers fun sponsorship opportunities. Not only can you offer logo placement on thousands of Adoption Papers, Marketing Collateral and on your Duck Race website, but you can include inflatable duck balloon displays, media mentions, Quacky appearances, kick-off parties, t-shirts, winning duck announcers, and more! When you partner with GAME we help you create the best sponsor proposals and levels that fit your race!

7. Quacky Fun with the Media

A Derby Duck Race provides a perfect opportunity to partner with local media outlets to cover your event and bring awareness to your nonprofit. Our merchandise collateral is a great way to promote your event and get the local news anchors excited about your upcoming event!

6. A Fun Event for the Entire Family

Kids go “quacky” for these ducks which makes a Derby Duck Race a great fundraiser for the entire family to enjoy. These ducks bring out the kid in everyone!

5. Numerous Volunteer Opportunities

A Derby Duck Race provides unlimited volunteer opportunities anywhere from Duck Adoptions, to Duck Tagging, to Duck Cleanup after your race. The possibilities are endless! The best part? Just about anyone at any age can participate as a volunteer. Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, and kids can all help volunteer at the Duck Race.

4. A Staple Fundraiser in Your Community

We have been partnering with nonprofits since 1988 to help bring a duck race fundraiser to their communities. The Derby Duck Race has made a name for itself in our racers’ communities and has brought awareness to nonprofits and their causes.

  1. Brevard County, FL – Racing for 20 years
  2. Gainesville, GA – Racing for 20 years
  3. Silverdale, WA – Racing for 25 years
  4. Palmdale, CA – Racing for 13 years
  5. Port Angeles, WA – Racing for 29 years
  6. Rapid City, SD – Racing for 29 years
  7. Santa Cruz, CA – Racing for 21 years
  8. Greenville, SC – Racing for 14 years
  9. Cincinnati, OH – Racing for 24 years
  10. Walla Walla, WA – Racing for 21 years
  11. Louisville, KY – Racing for 15 years
  12. Texarkana, TX – Racing for 29 years
  13. Aspen, CO – Racing for 27 years

3. Duck Race Support From a Team of Professionals

When you partner with GAME not only do you receive Derby Ducks to race but you also receive a training workshop, marketing consulting, sponsorship help, and logistic support.  We also provide Adoption Papers, Marketing Collateral, Enhanced Mobile-Friendly Software, Promotional Items, and more! We are here to help guide our racers in the right direction in planning a successful fundraising event.

2. Derby Ducks Can Race on All Types of Race Courses

Our derby ducks race on many different types of raceways including rivers, lakes, water parks, swimming pools, man-made courses, slip-n-slides, canals, and fountains! We’ve even seen an obstacle course! If you don’t have water, no problem. You can do a Duck Pluck and have just as much fun!

1. A Fun Way to Bring Awareness to Your Organization and Cause

A Derby Duck Race puts the FUN into Fundraising! It is a great way to bring awareness about your nonprofit organization and cause. A Duck Race sets you apart from other fundraisers in your area and will have a whole community QUACKING about your organization!

So what are you waiting for?! Contact us today to learn how we can help you race ducks! Email us at racewithus@game-group.com or call 800-779-RACE.

Nonprofit organizations need volunteers more than ever and people want to volunteer. The value of a volunteer per hour is worth $23.56 according to the Independent Sector. We would like to think that all volunteers serve nonprofits out of the goodness of their hearts which is certainly a factor; however, your volunteers have choices about where, when and how they volunteer. Do you know what today’s volunteers want? How can you organize volunteers in a way that maximizes their impact with your organization and makes them want to continue volunteering for your nonprofit and your Derby Duck Race? Here are 10 tips to keep your volunteers motivated and happy!

Be Prepared for Them

Don’t bring a volunteer in until you have everything organized. Make the volunteer’s job description clear from the beginning and if they are volunteering at your office, create a designated area to work.  Always state the outcome of the task volunteers are doing which will help your volunteers stay on track.

Offer a Warm Welcome

Show them around and introduce them to your staff and other volunteers.  Have the director of your nonprofit stop by and say hello.  Show that your organization is warm and friendly. Think about your nonprofit’s culture and work environment and if your nonprofit would be a place you would recommend to friends or family as a good place to work or volunteer.

Provide Training

Although the job may seem easy, take time to explain it.  Another volunteer who is experienced can help new volunteers. In addition, be sure that instructions are clearly posted for volunteers and have a sheet they can reference.

Maximize the Skills of your Volunteers

Think of your volunteers as extra staff who are capable of performing complex tasks. Take advantage of their experience and unique skills.  You may have volunteers who have marketing, graphic design or writing skills who could assist your organization on all levels, including promoting your Duck Race.  Provide leadership opportunities to those volunteers who are willing and have the time to take on more responsibility.

Respect their Time

Everyone has busy lives and is juggling professional and personal day-to-day tasks. Decide up front how much time the job will need and include that information when you publicize your volunteer position.  Provide a variety of different options so that your organization can appeal to millennial professionals, a busy soccer mom or the retiree who may have more time.

Appreciate Them

Saying thank you is probably the simplest and easiest thing an organization can do.  Creative gestures for saying thanks include: sending a letter of thanks and recognition to the volunteer’s employer or asking those served by your nonprofit to craft a personal gift to give to treasured volunteers.   In addition, you can send a thank your card to their home, including a volunteer spotlight in a newsletter, or plan a volunteer appreciation lunch.

Communicate with Them Regularly

Regular communication is motivating for volunteers while the lack of it is one of the main reasons volunteers become dissatisfied.  If your organization does not have a volunteer coordinator, assign someone to be the point of contact for your volunteers.  Including the volunteer coordinator on your fundraising team is a great idea since volunteers typically are your best donors.  Also, respond quickly to any volunteer concerns.

Let Them Know They are Helping to Make the World a Better Place

Let your volunteers know their impact by sharing success stories about your programs.  For example, share with them about the new building your nonprofit was able to add to your organization from proceeds from your Derby Duck Race.  Update them on how your organization is progressing towards its goals. Give them tours and invite them to presentations your nonprofit is having.

Build a Volunteer Community

Host a barbeque or a volunteer lunch before starting a new project so volunteers can get to know each other.  Volunteering is a great way for many people to socialize and make new friends, so if you think a couple of volunteers would get along well, assign them to do a particular job together.  Furthermore, remember that younger volunteers enjoy volunteering as a group, especially with people from their work.

Help Them Learn Something New

Finally, volunteers want to learn new skills and are likely to have a healthy curiosity to try new things. Volunteering also allows people to try out a new career without making a long term commitment. Turning a volunteer job into a mini educational experience will be highly valued by volunteers and may result in some great referrals as your volunteers tell others about their experience.  Your volunteers may even become loyal donors in the process.

A volunteer’s value is impossible to fully calculate. With these helpful tips, your nonprofit will be in the best position to recruit and retain volunteers to retain this priceless resource.  What types of tips do you have to keep your volunteers motivated?

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