RAGBRAI Community Fund

It’s here - RAGBRAI’s 50th anniversary. When a few friends got together for a casual bike ride across Iowa in 1973, no one imagined that a tradition would be born, let alone that the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa would become the longest, largest and oldest recreational bicycle touring event in the world.

RAGBRAI is only possible because of the towns across Iowa that open their doors and businesses and send volunteers to serve the ride. This fund was created to say thank you to the cities and towns across Iowa that make RAGBRAI possible.

Donations to this fund will support nonprofit organizations that have been recommended by the 8 host communities along the route [to be announced in 2023] that are positively serving their community, and Dream Team Des Moines (EIN 84-3705222). GoFundMe.org verifies and then approves all recommended organizations to ensure your donation is safe and distributes grants to each nonprofit after the ride.

This means your donation to this centralized fundraiser is disbursed to support each host community.

Additionally, the RAGBRAI organization has pledged a donation of $135,000 to this fund to be split among each host community’s nonprofit recommendation AND to Dream Team Des Moines. But we hope that you can show your gratitude to these towns by donating to this fund too, and sharing with your friends and family who love RAGBRAI. Help us reach our goal of raising $450,000 in this fund to give back to these communities.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this 50th anniversary the most special and generous ride yet.

More about the overnight host towns:

Each year, eight Iowa communities along the RAGBRAI route serve as “host” communities for overnight stays. RAGBRAI is a guest in these communities, and the people of Iowa make the ride special for its participants. Hosts across the state generously open up their towns and communities so that all participants have a safe and comfortable place to rest up for their journey the following day. Donations to this fund will be equitably distributed by GoFundMe.org to each town’s recommended nonprofit and Dream Team Des Moines.


Donations for this fund are made to and collected by GoFundMe.org, a 501(c)(3) public charity (EIN 81-2279757). Its mission is to provide fast and effective relief to victims of disaster, and to fund education and other charitable initiatives. Any charity or charities identified in the fundraiser is with the consent thereof, and GoFundMe.org intends, absent circumstances outside of its control, to grant the donations collected, less transaction fees, to those charities as soon as practicable but no later than 45 days after the fund is closed. All donations are subject to the variance power of GoFundMe.org, as stated in the applicable GoFundMe.org policies (https://www.gofundme.org/policies/) and, in the unlikely event there is a problem making grants to the charities identified, GoFundMe.org will make grants to the remaining charities. Donations to this fund are tax-deductible to the extent permissible by law.
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