I had the pleasure of moderating a sponsorship panel discussion at the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ 49th International Conference on Fundraising in Vancouver earlier this month. more
“Make no little plans. They have no magic to stir men's blood and probably themselves will not be realized.” more
Michael Kirschner, director of corporate partnerships for the Chicago Cubs spoke to my graduate class at Northwestern University last night. With stints at the NBA, Madison Square Garden and Tribeca Film Festival, he pulled from his league and entertainment experiences as well as those with team sports. more
The City of Chicago has long been one of the only major municipalities to produce and market annual festivals and civic celebrations in house, through the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, which due to a departmental reorganization recently became the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. more
In its characteristically simple and get-to-the-point way, TED has created a springy little jumping-off point for any property that has a need or want to provide sponsorship guidelines to affiliate events or properties. Every single week I talk to organizations trying to reconcile the sponsorship priorities of a “big” or “core” property with the activities of satellite or component properties. more
With family guests in town and Chicago’s perennial summer uptick in my and everyone else’s social calendar, the past couple weeks have been chock full of city fun: Cubs and Sox games (full disclosure: I bleed Cubby blue), symphony at Millennium Park, The Field Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Science & Industry. . . more
Sponsorship really must be back. How else to explain this Charlotte Business Journal report that Charlotte Collegiate Football (CCF) has decided to terminate Meineke Car Care’s title sponsorship of Charlotte’s annual college football bowl game after 2010? more
Among the numerous considerations a sponsor must wade through to determine which properties to sponsor, cost is usually at the top of the list. Unfortunately, focusing too much on cost can sometimes lead a sponsor down the wrong path or create unnecessary boundaries, ruling out properties that might otherwise be appropriate. more
A spelling bee in Livingston County, Ill. was recently cancelled because the local paper, The Pantagraph announced it was not able to sponsor the event this year.
That seems to beg a much larger question: Why are so many school districts across the country not able to fund programs, particularly in arts, music and in this case a spelling bee? more
In step with IEG’s projection that North American companies will increase their spending on marathons and running events by 2.5 percent in 2009 (to an estimated $86.1 million), I had the pleasure of participating in an inaugural half marathon event on November 22nd.
The first-time event—the Women’s Running magazine Women’s Half Marathon to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society—was held in St. Petersburg, Florida. While I was first and foremost there as a charity runner, I had plenty of time on and off the course to check out the sponsorship activity. While my running resume is by no means prolific (especially compared to IEG’s resident ultramarathoner Shan Riggs), I have participated in enough races of varying distances, sizes and sponsor profiles to know the drill. more