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March 19, 2012 at 10:25 pm #602563
There’s only about two weeks left in our sponsorship drive. If you are a WS business and have been thinking about sponsoring this year’s tour, the time to do it is now! Net proceeds from the tour support our selected beneficiaries, all of whom are local non-profits. Sponsorship accounts for over 50% of the tour’s revenue. Visit our website for information on becoming a sponsor, our beneficiaries and to get a sneak peek at this year’s gardens: http://www.westseattlegardentour.com.March 20, 2012 at 3:43 pm #751896
This is a great opportunity to support local West Seattle businesses and organizations!March 22, 2012 at 1:36 am #751897March 24, 2012 at 2:36 am #751898
A little more than a week to go and we are in need of cash sponsors as well as raffle item donations. We’ve got 8 great beneficiaries this year and in order to be able to fully fund them we need more sponsors!!!! So check out our website and see if there is a sponsorship level you would be comfortable with or, consider donating an item or gift certificate for our raffle. All proceeds from the Garden Tour go back to local community non-profits! http://Www.westseattlegardentour.comMarch 24, 2012 at 2:40 am #751899
JWWS – maybe you could come up with a list of local businesses/industries that you think may benefit from this sponsorship?
Here are some examples:
-Yard Maintenance Companies
-Landscape Construction Companies
You keep the list going…that should help you figure out how to target sponsors that may be willing to pony up for a reason other than just their generosity.
Good luck. If my business could gain from sponsorship, I would certainly consider it, but unfortunately, it is about as far from gardening as one could possibly get. With a totally different target market…March 24, 2012 at 3:34 am #751900
We actually have a very broad range of businesses that support WSGT from real estate, banking, Internet, CPAs, dentists, health clinics, nurseries, landscapers, artists, contractors, coffee shops, and the WSB!!!!! The list goes on AND it is their generosity that supports us and our beneficiaries. We are an all volunteer non-profit that gives back to the community, so we seek global community involvement. Our sponsors get visibility on our website and ticket book; our tour usually gets over 800 visitors per year. Sorry you don’t feel it is worth your investment – your loss. I think the majority of our sponsors do so to support our beneficiaries and the community rather than self-promoting, so our sponsors are a very special group IMHO.
And FWIW I’ve been involved with WSGT since 2008 heading up PR/Marketing/Sales, so I know our demographic, just trying to give our sponsorship a shout out in these trying times.March 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm #751901
JWWS – glad to know about all the different types of businesses that have found it beneficial to sponsor the WSGT – that is great info for the readers here, as now it opens their mind to sponsorship.
I was simply trying to assist with my suggestion. Many non-profits don’t have great ideas on how to target businesses, especially those that don’t have full-time staff. I figured if someone who regularly writes sponsorship checks for organizations could throw out some ideas of how to help, that might be more beneficial than repeated posts about needing sponsors without any suggestion as to what types of sponsors might benefit from their participation
In any case, it seems like you’re on top of it, so good luck! I’ll probably be one of the 800 walking through the gardens this year on the tour.March 25, 2012 at 1:10 am #751902
I hope you do attend the tour! Ticket sales and day of tour raffle, lunch, water, glove sales all add to our revenue and support our beneficiaries. For a small group of all volunteers I am amazed each year at what we are able to accomplish, from selecting great gardens each year, soliciting beneficiaries and those much needed sponsors as well as producing some really great promotional materials.
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