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Finding business sponsors

Where to look 

The connection

  • Ask school faculty for suggestions.
  • Ask Parent Teacher Organization/Parent Teacher Association members for suggestions.
  • Conduct online research and look for businesses that provide funding for community service projects. These businesses are more likely to provide support.
  • Ask Kiwanis club members for suggestions. 
  • Use the Business Sponsorship Checklist to record school statistics to share with the prospective sponsor. Use this as a reference when meeting with the prospective business sponsor.

The message

  • Edit the suggested business sponsor letter and mail or hand-deliver the letter along with the brochure to the prospective business sponsor.
  • Call one week after sending the letter and schedule a follow-up meeting.

The meeting

  • Thank the prospective sponsor for attending the meeting.
  • Refer to the Kiwanis brochure and share key points about Kiwanis and Bring Up Grades.
  • Share information with the prospective sponsor about the benefits of becoming a Bring Up Grades business sponsor.
    • Increased visibility
    • Increased business
    • Improved community image
  • Here are suggested ways to promote a business sponsor within your community. 
    • School yearbook
    • Materials going home to parents
    • News releases sent to local media
    • Name recognition on bumper stickers
  • Provide options for contributing resources to the Bring Up Grades program.
    • Provide supplies for recognition events
    • Provide refreshments for recognition parties
    • Provide Bring Up Grades T-shirts for recipients
    • Provide discount coupons
The follow-up

  • Send a thank-you card or note to the business sponsor.
  • When sending news releases about Bring Up Grades recipients to local media, mention the business sponsor’s name. If the news release is published in the newspaper, send a copy of the newspaper article with a thank-you note to the business sponsor.
  • Invite the business sponsor to a Bring Up Grades recognition event. Conduct a recognition ceremony to say thank you. Present the business sponsor with a gift. The Kiwanis Store has great gift ideas.