I have lost count of the number of sponsorship proposals that feature – even open with – a non-profit’s mission statement. These are the same proposals that usually follow up the mission statement with fifteen pages of why you’re so worthy of sponsorship.
I’m really sorry to have to break it to you, but your mission statement is not a useful marketing tool. Sponsors don’t care.
This is not to say that your mission statement is irrelevant to your organisation. But when it comes to sponsorship, it’s not helpful. Nor is positioning yourself as needy, worthy, or a “good cause”.
What sponsors want see from you is very specific – it’s about their needs, not yours; it’s about connecting with and adding value to their target markets, not you. Providing that context is essential to getting to yes and not being categorised as an organisation looking for a handout. What you want is to position yourself as a viable commercial partner who can provide substantial marketing value to their company or brand.
My advice is to strip your proposal of anything more than one introductory page telling your organisation’s story, and concentrate on…
There is certainly plenty more to be said about what belongs in a sponsorship proposal and how to structure it, but getting the focal point right gets you halfway there.
I suggest checking out these best-of roundups for blogs, white papers, and video tutorials that will put your offers into the right frame to be compelling for sponsors.
For all you need to know about sponsorship sales and servicing, you may want to get a copy of The Sponsorship Seeker’s Toolkit 4th Edition. I’ve also got a self-paced, online sponsorship training course, covering the whole sales process, with lots of inclusions. Interested? Check out Getting to “Yes”. You may also be interested in my white papers, “Last Generation Sponsorship Redux” and “Disruptive Sponsorship: Like Disruptive Marketing, Only Better“.
I’ve also got self-paced, online sponsorship training courses for both sponsors and rightsholders. Get the details and links to course outlines and reviews here.
If you need additional assistance, I offer sponsorship consulting and strategy sessions, sponsorship training, and sponsorship coaching. I also offer a comprehensive Sponsorship Systems Design service for large, diverse, and decentralised organisations.
Please feel free to drop me a line to discuss.
Please note, I do not offer a sponsorship broker service, and can’t sell sponsorship on your behalf. You may find someone appropriate on my sponsorship broker registry.
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