Empower the Leaders of Tomorrow
FIRST Robotics & the Alumiboti challenge our students to be the best version of themselves. This is accomplished with the help of generous donations to allow the team to purchase new equipment and attend competitions.
We aren't just members of a school club; we run a business. FIRST Robotics starts with the robots but includes sponsorship and public relations management, social media engagement, financial tracking, task management, design & art production, and so much more! This takes a large team of diverse, driven individuals to run smoothly and stay competitive every year, but we can't do it alone.
Running a FIRST Robotics team is not easy or cheap. Build season alone has the team meeting for around 100-200 hours before we arrive at a competition. Preparing for a single competition can cost up to $12,000 between manufacturing, tools, registration, and travel! Read our 2023 recap post to see what we have planned and what our fundraising goals will work towards purchasing.
We ask our readers and supporters to contribute to the team, either through financial donations - see more below on the process - or by giving their time through volunteering and mentorship. Any time or donation you have to offer is greatly appreciated, whether 5 minutes or 5 dollars, all the way up to whatever you feel comfortable with.
Watch the video to learn more about FIRST, and view the donation instructions below it.
How to Donate
Follow the instructions below to easily & quickly donate to the team. Ensure to follow all designation instructions to ensure the donation ends up in the team's account versus other school fundraising efforts.
- Visit the Donate button, which will take you to the St. Joe's donation page
- For the Designation field, make sure to select 'Other'
- For the Special Instructions / Comments field, please write 'Robotics Team 5590' to ensure we get it
- Fill out the rest of the form as desired!
- Submit your donation!
Frequently Asked Questions
Are you curious about donating but have a few questions? Read below to get your answers!
How do I know my donation will go to robotics?
Make sure to select the designation Other with a comment 'For the Robotics Team' - or some similar message - and it should go directly to us.
Is my donation tax-exempt?
Yes! St. Joe's is a 401-c(3), tax-exempt organization, and your donations to the team are tax-exempt and tax-deductible.
What should I do as a company that wants to sponsor?
Fill out the interest form on this page, and we will contact you to start building a working relationship.
The Alumiboti have a tiered sponsorship program that provides a mutually-positive relationship for both the team and sponsor. Details can be sent as soon as interest is shown.
What does the team spend their allocated budget and donations on?
Our expenses usually go towards a mix of competition registration, travel & lodging, machinery & tools, raw materials for fabrication, food for weekend meetings, and electrical components such as motors & controllers.