2015 Sponsorship Drive Working Group

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working group

  • Goal: contact prior sponsors, blog post inviting new sponsors
  • Participants (in email discussion, hangouts, or contacting sponsors):
    • Jody Garnett
    • Micheal Smith
    • Jeff McKenna
    • Venkatesh Raghavan
    • Daniel Morissette
    • Jeroen Ticheler
    • Cameron Shorter
    • Even Rouault
    • Anita Graser
    • Arnulf Christl
    • Massimiliano Cannata
    • volunteer if interested or join one of the email discussions
  • Communication: osgeo-board mailing list

We would like to thank all who participated in this activity.

tasks

  1. (done) Update http://www.osgeo.org/sponsors to reflect current sponsorship
  2. (done) Draft OSGeo 2016 Sponsorship price points
    • invite feedback, revise
    • status: complete, two proposals were merged resulting in bronze,silver,gold,platinum categories, a low $500 price point, discounts available to prior sponsors and recognition for sponsors of local/global osgeo events
  3. Contact sponsors that have expressed interest / prior sponsors
    • (done) gather input in proposals. Sponsors sensitive to organization size, like the idea of event sponsorship carrying over to osgeo, ask about sponsoring local chapters etc..
    • (done) gather input a sponsor perks / benefits. No special feedback.
  4. (done) Report back to board. Email sent.
  5. Update website with result
  6. Sponsorship drive
    • bog post
    • email prior sponsors
    • Treasure: can update financial forecast as required

Questions:

    • Should this activity be outsourced to professional organization?

contact list

Contact list gathered from http://www.osgeo.org/sponsors, use this list as a starting point to contact sponsors, but the exact list of all past sponsors must be confirmed by the OSGeo Treasurer.

Confirmed sponsors:

  • Thinkware - contact for Q&A

Expressed interest:

  • Gateway Geomatics (committed for $500 Associate sponsor)
  • GeoCat
  • Boundless

Recent sponsors:

  • 1Spatial
  • 2ndQuadrant
  • ASTUN Technology
  • Boreal-Information Strategies (Borealis)
  • Camptocamp
  • First Base Solutions Inc.
  • Institut Geographique National (IGN) France
  • Karttakeskus
  • LizardTech, A Celartem Company
  • Nextiva
  • Ordnance Survey
  • PCI Geomatics

Prior sponsors:

  • Autodesk
  • INGRES
  • Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais (INPE) Brazil
  • Metaspatial
  • WhereGroup

Additional contacts recommended by discuss@osgeo.org:

  • PlanetLabs
  • UrtheCast
  • TBD

Sample Emails

The following email is used as a guide for communication:

  • Sent out by board member, officer or similar with an official capacity at OSGeo (this shows respect)
  • CC treasurer@osgeo.org (to be on hand to answer any questions)

Feedback from Existing Sponsors

Feedback on sponsorship options:

<Contact>:

Your interest in sponsoring OSGeo is greatly appreciated. Sponsorship is used to help
cover costs for our technology infrastructure, outreach activities and supporting the
promotion and development efforts of our projects.

We are looking at a number of creative options for sponsorship and have two
alternatives for consideration: https://wiki.osgeo.org/wiki/OSGeo_2015_Sponsorship

Can I ask for your feedback on these two options? I would like a chance to answer your
questions and listen to any suggestions you may have before proceeding with a
recommendation to the board.

For information on current sponsorship levels and benefits see our sponsorship
page at: http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship . 
--
Jody Garnett
OSGeo Board

Prior Sponsors

Sample sponsorship drive to prior sponsors:

[contact]:

OSGeo is restarting our sponsorship program and would like to ask
if you are interested in supporting us this year. Sponsorship is used to help
cover costs for our technology infrastructure, outreach activities and supporting the
promotion and development efforts of our projects.

We have revised sponsorship levels for 2015 with a 25% discount for prior sponsors,
small business and our international community. We also seek to recognize those
who have sponsored our local and global events.

As a small business, and prior sponsor you qualify for two 25% discounts:

Sponsorship   Amount  Your Discount
   Platinum   $20,00        $11,250  
       Gold  $10,000         $5,625
     Silver   $4,000         $2,250
     Bronze   $1,000           $562

With these two discounts your prior commitment of $3000 represents Silver sponsorship.

If you choose to sponsor any local or global OSGeo event please let our finance officer know
and the amount can be noted against your above sponsorship total.

As part of this sponsorship drive we are soliciting feedback on the value
OSGeo can provide your organization, and any sponsorship benefits we
may be in position to offer. If you have a moment for an email discussion
or hangout we would be glad to hear from you.

--
Jody Garnett
OSGeo Board

Local Event Sponsors

Sample sponsorship drive for local event sponsors:

<Contract>:

OSGeo is restarting our sponsorship program and would like to ask
if you are interested in supporting us this year. Sponsorship is used to help
cover costs for our technology infrastructure, outreach activities and supporting the
promotion and development efforts of our projects.

We have a number of creative options for local event sponsors, based
on your existing sponsorship of the GeoNode code-sprint you are
already considered a Bronze sponsor. We would like your permission to
list you as such on the OSGeo sponsors page.

With our revised sponsorship levels we would encourage you to consider
Silver sponsorship either directly by sponsoring OSGeo, sponsoring
the Paris Code Sprint or sponsoring FOSS4G 2016 in Bonn.

As part of this sponsorship drive we are soliciting feedback on the value
OSGeo can provide your organization, and any sponsorship benefits we
may be in position to offer. If you have a moment for an email discussion
or hangout it would be great to hear from you.

--
Jody Garnett
OSGeo Board

Sample Press Release

Sponsorship Drive Working Group Complete (DRAFT)

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

Monthly Sponsorship Press Release (DRAFT)

Date - The Open Source Geospatial Foundation would like to thank our February sponsors for their commitment to our community.

Gold sponsors:

  • GeoCat - government geographic data publishing

Bronze sponsors:

  • ChameleonJohn - all online savings in one great place

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.

OSGeo sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. Visit www.osgeo.org/sponsorship for more information.

Joint Press Release (DRAFT)

Using GeoCat as an example for a joint press release..

A joint press release can be issued for organizations that contribute to our community - at their request.

...About GeoCat Relationship with OSGeo activities / projects / events..

About Sponsorship

Sponsorship is available on an annual basis for foundation projects, events, local chapters and operations. For more information visit http://www.osgeo.org/sponsorship

About GeoCat

Established in the Netherlands in 2007, GeoCat is a strong open source supporter offering customized software and services making geospatial data publication easier and more efficient than ever. GeoCat builds sustainable, evolving applications following the Free and Open Source Software philosophy and open standards. GeoCat has provided successful consulting services and products that contributed to the development of National Spatial Data Infrastructures for The Netherlands, Swiss, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Scotland, ESA and many others.

About the Foundation

The Open Source Geospatial Foundation is not-for-profit organization to foster global adoption of open source geospatial technology. The software foundation is devoted to an open philosophy and participatory community driven development. OSGeo serves as an outreach and advocacy organization providing financial, organizational and legal support for the open source geospatial community.