Vertical Raise

Vertical Raise 10% Tool

Vertical Raise is the premier online fundraising platform in the country. Vertical Raise offers multiple fundraising solutions that utilize email, text messaging, and social media to exponentially increase the reach of your fundraiser. The foundation of the company’s success is built upon best-in-class email deliverability, detailed tracking, and the complete personalization of every page. Combining this proprietary system with experienced representatives has made Vertical Raise the most effective sports team and performing arts group fundraising platform available.

Company Contact:

Vertical Raise
Contact Name: Matt Troxel, National Sales Director
Phone: 1 (888) 853-0355
Email: [email protected]
Address: 1424 E. Sherman Ave, Ste 300, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83814
Twitter: @VerticalRaise
Instagram: @verticalraise
Facebook: Vertical Raise

Why We Like It

Vertical Raise is the technology leader in the fundraising category with a proprietary platform that exponentially increases donations for your program. Here is why we like it:

  1. We like that it has proven to raise more money in less time and with less effort required of coaches. All head coaches must also be fundraisers. It’s part of the job description, but one most coaches don’t enjoy. With the Vertical Raise platform, programs across the country have raised tens, or even hundreds, of thousands of dollars without leaving the house. In Sandpoint, Idaho, Sandpoint High School – a school of just over 1,000 students – raised $150,000 (double their previous best fundraiser) through Vertical Raise.
  2. We like that it expands the pool of potential donors. Because of its capacity for online credit card donations, Vertical Raise expands a fundraiser’s geographic reach beyond just the local community to players’ family, friends, alumni, and anyone in the world with an internet connection who wants to support your program. This feature makes it simple and easy to donate, eliminating a traditional barrier to giving, removing friction in the transaction process, and diminishing donor fatigue in the local community.
  3. We like that it is cash-free. Coaches no longer have to worry about their kids running around town with cash in their hands or any of the transactional nightmares and other liabilities associated with cash.
  4. We like that each school is paired with a local fundraising coach. A local Vertical Raise representative who is familiar with the area works with coaches through every step of the fundraiser that is customized to every school and fundraising style. In addition to online donations, the local fundraising coach can set you up with digital discount cards, premium product sales, and even spirit shops. Many local reps are former football coaches themselves, making the role a helpful one for customers while offering coaches a great way to stay in the game after they leave the sideline or press box.
  5. We like that it allows coaches to provide both players and coaching staffs with the resources they need to be successful. As coaches, we want our players to have an opportunity to compete and win. And we also want everyone to have a good experience in our programs and grow into the best versions of themselves and achieve their best results. Fundraising is a requirement of this profession, and Vertical Raise helps bring results faster, and in greater amounts.

Coach Grabowski Says...

“Having been a head coach myself, I always wanted to provide more for the programs I was a part of, and fundraising was a big part of that effort. Any traditional fundraiser is a lot of work, but when you have a platform that can get to more people by harnessing technology, ultimately, it’s going to raise the amount of funds you are able to bring in.

Leveraging technology platforms like Vertical Raise revolutionizes fundraising efforts. By streamlining the donation process, reaching a broader audience, and reducing administrative burdens, coaches increase fundraising success and support the program’s financial needs effectively.

In looking at all the platforms that utilize technology, Vertical Raise has many advantages and benefits for a program. I firmly believe in Vertical Raise as a tool that helps coaches.”

– Keith Grabowski, Host of Coach and Coordinator Podcast

Special Offer for Coach and Coordinator Podcast Listeners

Mention Coach and Coordinator Podcast to receive 90% of funds raised (minus credit card fees) on donation-based fundraisers for your first year.

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Coach Testimonials

I want to make sure that this program has what is best so every person within it can be their best, and we get the best results… [When I became the head coach], I hit the ground running with my fundraising hat on. This is part of the job… We blew this [fundraiser] out of the water. We raised $150,000… The best they ever did without Vertical Raise was about $75,000, so we doubled that… Vertical Raise really took it to the next level… Public schools have to fundraise. Why not use the leader in the industry? Why not use the simplest approach, the one that requires the least out of the coaches?”

I was in it for ten years, and I'm like, man, this is the only thing I know. I only know the pigskin. I don't know anything else. Who's going to hire me?… I put my faith in the forefront, and I said, ‘hey, if this is what you want me to do, and if this is your plan for me, let's do it.’ So I took so many things that I didn't know I had from college football. I took the organizational skills. I took the relationships. I took my connections that I had. I took all that, and it all relates to Vertical Raise… If I didn't have those skills I developed in college football, like I said, I wouldn't be where I'm today.”

We used to have multiple fundraisers, but [Vertical Raise] has allowed us to make a much larger amount of money in a shorter period of time. So we really only have two fundraisers now... The least that we've cleared in our not-giant community is $23,000 off of just one event with it. It made as much as $30,000 or $31,000 into our fundraising account... It's been just a tremendous thing and really changed how we go about fundraising and the amount of time that we have to put into it... There's very, very little work on our end as coaches. So it's just been a great program for us to be involved with.”

Podcast Episodes

Ryan Knowles shares how he serves others, creates positive environments, and ensures his players and coaching staff have the resources they need to succeed by leveraging technology and community support to increase fundraising efforts.
Zach Crespo shares the lessons he learned in college football, the pivotal moments that led him to step away from coaching, and how he found new purpose and success with Vertical Raise, a company revolutionizing fundraising for athletic programs.
Rob Zimmerman discusses his sustained passion for coaching, the importance of adapting to the evolving nature of the game, as well as the significance of building strong relationships with players, community support, and the stability of his coaching staff.


After more than a decade of coaching at the highest levels of college football, Zach Crespo was at a crossroads, found a new football career path, and a focus on family with Vertical Raise.