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Sponsors are a great way to increase your event’s profitability and they can double as marketing partners! Sponsors can also add value to the event with raffle items, services, and in-kind donations. Sponsors should help you sell tickets, promote your festival, and talk up your organization with their networks. Cultivate these partners, and potential partner relationships and you will see not only an increase in revenue, but increased attendance and outreach!
You want to solicit progressive, forward-thinking businesses looking to align themselves with an environmental event. Keep in mind that these relationships take months, sometimes years, to build, so if you plan on selling sponsorship, start on this as early as possible.
Remember that simply dropping off a solicitation letter with a smile will not get your event sponsored, no matter how worthy the cause. Ask your sponsors what they need. Sponsorships come through carefully fostered relationships, mutual respect, and an understanding that an event like yours has a lot to offer businesses and organizations trying to get their name out to your community. It is worth putting yourself out there through a concerted effort to get sponsorships for your event.
Last but not least, don’t forget to set deadlines. If you need sponsors included on print materials or in your film program (host clips, slides, logos), make sure your deadlines are set appropriately to stay on track with your timeline. Plus, the earlier you can start a conversation with potential sponsors, the better!