Our Partners

Our Partners

Colgan Foundation

The Colgan Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation founded by Club life member Sean P. Colgan to benefit athletic, scientific, environmental, and education communities. Since 1995, the Colgan Foundation has lent support to charities and organizations with these aims:

  • To provide funding for the sport of rowing, both in the United States and internationally. Rowing produces a great sense of pride and accomplishment, as athletes work as a team to meet its physical and mental challenges.
  • To create educational initiatives for all levels of education, with a particular focus on schools in the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, area.
  • To support scientific research, with a particular focus on conservation.

Sean and his Foundation have been a great partner of Mercantile for many years and the success of the Club as a major international Club is due to the vision and generosity of Sean and the Foundation.

Mercantile Foundation

The Mercantie Foundation was established in 1980 by the Late Jim Sprigg. Full details of the Foundation and its work can be found on the Mercantile Foundation page. Tax deductible donations to the Mercantile Foundation can be made through the Australian Sports Foundation through this link.

Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria

Rowing Australia and Rowing Victoria are not only our parent sporting bodies, they are also our partners in delivering a strong pathways program at the Club. The pathways program provides our members with the best opportunities to develop and be selected into State and National teams. It also is a key element of the national high performance strategy. Clubs such as Mercantile recruit, coach, boat and provide a suitable daily training environment for talented athletes to enable them to develop into athletes capable of being selected into State and National teams. 

St Catherine's School and Brighton Grammar School

Mercantile partners with two schools at our boatshed, St Catherine's School and Brighton Grammar School. These are long term arrangements to foster and develop the sport of rowing in these schools and many of our members coach at them. They are valued partners with Mercantile.