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Nonprofit Sponsorship Packages: How to Find Sponsors, Best Practices, and Mistakes to Avoid

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Nonprofits rely heavily on donations from individuals, foundations, and corporations to carry out their missions. While individual donations are essential, corporate sponsorship packages offer a significant advantage for nonprofits. They allow organizations to receive larger donations, partner with businesses for events and fundraising, and receive valuable in-kind donations that can save money and build your impact.

This article will explore the concept of nonprofit sponsorship packages, including what they are, how to find sponsors, best practices, and mistakes to avoid.

What are Nonprofit Sponsorship Packages?

Nonprofit sponsorship packages are a way for organizations to present their needs in a way that makes it easy for corporations to partner with them. They typically include a variety of sponsorship levels, ranging from small donations to large corporate partnerships. Each level includes distinct and clearly defined benefits, such as recognition in event materials, logo placement, and social media promotion.

Sponsorship packages can include a range of events, programs, or initiatives. For example, a sponsorship package for a nonprofit organization's annual fundraising gala might include recognition on the invitation, event signage, and social media. In contrast, a sponsorship package for a community outreach program might include recognition in program materials and media promotions. Get creative about where you can fit in sponsorship opportunities into your core programs.

How to Find Nonprofit Sponsors

Finding sponsors for a nonprofit organization can be a challenging task. However, with the right approach, it can be an excellent way to build long-term relationships and secure crucial funding. Here are some tips for finding sponsors for a nonprofit organization:

  • Research companies that align with or are somehow connected with the nonprofit's mission and values. Unless your nonprofit has significant regional or national brand recognition, usually only companies headquartered in your community will be interested in sponsorships.

  • Look for companies that have previously supported similar causes. Scour similar organizations’ annual reports and donor walls to find appropriate company names.

  • Build relationships with local businesses and corporations. Attend networking events, reach out via email or phone, and create partnerships with other local organizations.

  • Use social media to showcase the organization's work and to promote upcoming events.

  • Highlight the impact the nonprofit is making in the community.

  • Reach out to current and past donors to see if they know of any companies or individuals who may be interested in sponsoring the organization.

Best Practices for Nonprofit Sponsorship Packages

Creating successful nonprofit sponsorship packages requires careful planning and execution. Here are some best practices to follow:

Set clear goals: Define the organization's goals for the sponsorship package, including fundraising targets, event participation goals, and branding objectives.

Offer a range of sponsorship levels: Create a variety of sponsorship levels that cater to businesses of all sizes and budgets. This ensures that there is an option for everyone who is interested in supporting the nonprofit. Make sure there is a clear and consistent internal logic to sponsorship level amounts and their associated benefits otherwise sponsors could feel cheated.

Provide meaningful benefits: Create benefits that are valuable to the sponsor and provide recognition for their contribution. Most companies are interested in the brand-value of their sponsorship, so include details on logo placement, recognition in event materials, and social media promotion.

Foster long-term relationships: Build a strong relationship with sponsors by offering opportunities to collaborate beyond the sponsorship package. This can include volunteer opportunities, partnerships on future events, and involvement in the organization's initiatives.

Mistakes to Avoid

Creating nonprofit sponsorship packages can be challenging, and it's essential to avoid common mistakes that can hinder success. Here are some mistakes to avoid:

Focusing solely on monetary donations: While monetary donations are essential, it's essential to consider in-kind donations, volunteer opportunities, and strategic long-term partnerships. Some of the most impactful corporate sponsorships are in-kind services of marketing or material support that significantly expand the nonprofit’s impact and can be an easier commitment for the corporate partner.

Lack of recognition for sponsors: Providing meaningful recognition is essential to building a long-term relationship with sponsors. Failing to recognize them adequately can lead to a lack of interest in future partnerships.

Poor communication: Lack of communication can lead to misunderstandings, missed opportunities, and lost sponsorships. It's essential to communicate regularly and clearly with sponsors to avoid confusion.

Giving Too Much: Nonprofits must remain true to their mission and core programs. Provide appropriate recognition of gifts, but do no allow corporate partners too much control of your programs and communications strategy.


Nonprofit sponsorship packages offer significant advantages for organizations looking to secure funding and build partnerships with businesses. Raising funds, building impact, and growing your audience are all key goals that sponsorship packages can help realize. Follow best practices and avoid certain mistakes and this tool will become a key facet in your fundraising toolbox.

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