There are many advantages to finding one or more local sponsors for your Botball team. These sponsors may donate an amount of money to your team, assist you in carrying out other fundraising efforts, and/or possibly serve as mentors for the team.
When deciding which businesses to approach, consider local businesses that have a strong community presence. Utilize any relationships you or parents in your school might have in an effort to contact the appropriate decision maker.
Requests for funding should be made early in the school year!
Some possible businesses to consider include:
- Local banks
- Area restaurants
- Adopt-a-School partner
- Local engineering companies
- Local real estate companies
- School vendors (office supplies, publications, etc.)
- Local newspaper
- Local technology or telecommunications companies
There are many benefits you can offer to local sponsors. The number one benefit you should always point out is that the contributing organization is helping support education. You can also provide promotional benefits:
- Place the business's name or logo on your team's own club t-shirt
- Place their logo on your robot!
- Place the company logo and/or web link on your club or school's website
- Display the company's banner at your school
- Mention the company's sponsorship in a news release to the media about your team
If the business offers to give supplies for a fundraising activity make sure you recognize the sponsor during the event by placing banners or signs around the event or announcing it during the event.
Once you have sponsorship, be sure to have your team members send the business a thank you card. You may consider including pictures in the card so that the business can see what the students have accomplished. (Sending pictures with the initial sponsorship request may also help you in your efforts.) You may also send personal invitations for the tournament to each sponsor or give them the opportunity to travel with your team to the tournament.
Many local businesses are willing to help with community causes. Make sure that your request takes place early in the school year so that you will not be turned down because the business has already allocated money to other school causes.
You can download a sample sponsorship request letter below. Be sure to personalize it with your school's information or to suit your team or community's interest.