For those of you that are charitably inclined it might have crossed your mind to give some money to US Masters Swimming to support their mission, and if you’re like me you probably had no idea how to actually do so! At last years convention I heard about the USMS Endowment Fund for the first time and started looking for some more information about it. USMS recently set up a page on the site that spells out what the Endowment Fund is all about and gives you a way to make a donation. Currently it’s a write a check and fill out a form kind of a thing, there’s talk of making it all online during the year.
Here’s a snippet of their description of the program:
The USMS Endowment Fund is the charitable arm of U.S. Masters Swimming. Established in 1989, the fund provides grants to programs with a focus on medical and health research on the benefits of swimming, development assistance for new Masters programs, outreach to other adult fitness organizations, and education to improve leadership, address swimming and adult fitness issues and to help Masters programs with special needs.
If you go to usms.org/giving/ you can read about some of the things the Endowment has supported and learn how to give or apply for a grant.
This is something you’re probably going to be hearing a lot more about in the future from USMS. Our new president (and my teammate at CVMM!) Jeff Moxie has a big vision for what USMS could do to reinvest in swimming via the Endowment Fund, and personally I’m excited about the potential to do good stuff!