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FRIENDS OF MONTCLAIR ROWING, INC.

Corporate Sponsorship Drive

Recruit or Become a Corporate Sponsor of Montclair High School's Winning Crew Team!

Click here to see our current Corporate Sponsors.

Are you a parent who wants to help FOMR reach out to sponsors? Please scroll down.
ARE YOU CONSIDERING BECOMING A CORPORATE SPONSOR?  Welcome aboard! 

All contributions to Friends of Montclair Rowing are 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE as allowed by law. 

Join the local and national businesses that support the Montclair High School Crew Team!
MHS Crew is
 one of the few public high school teams in the U.S. to compete and win at a championship level, statewide and nationally.

Rowing is hard; sponsorship is easy
Contact Corporate Sponsorship Co-Chair,
 Natalie Gutin [email protected]. 
Choose your level of support from the categories below.
We will handle your payment and send
 you a letter of receipt for your tax deductible donation.

MHS Crew recognizes Corporate Sponsors at every public opportunity:

Your logo will appear on our Corporate Sponsors Banner, which is proudly displayed at all spring regattas and Crew events. The banner forms one side of the team tent, where is is seen by the whole team of grateful crew athletes and their families.
Your logo and a link to your business website will be posted on our Corporate Sponsors web page.
Over 100 families whose kids row in our programs, along with countless Crew alumni,
alumni parents, friends, and supporters, will appreciate your support.
CHECK OUT OUR 2017 TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS to see HOW CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP MOVES BOATS!
Hear from the 2017 Seniors about what Crew does for MHS students: 2017 Senior Tribute Video

LEVELS OF SUPPORT            

$1000 Gold Sponsorship
A website Logo & link to your website on our Corporate Sponsors webpage, your LARGE logo or name on the MHS Crew Sponsors Banner to be displayed at all regattas and events, recognition in our annual Sponsors' thank you letter that reaches over 200 Montclair families.

$500 Silver Sponsorship
A website logo & link to your website on our Corporate Sponsors webpage, your MEDIUM logo or name on the MHS Crew Sponsors Banner to be displayed at all regattas and events, recognition in our annual Sponsors' thank you letter that reaches over 200 Montclair families.

$250 Bronze Sponsorship
A website logo & link to your website on our Corporate Sponsors webpage, your SMALL logo or name on the MHS Crew Sponsors Banner to be displayed at all regattas and events, recognition in our annual Sponsors' thank you letter that reaches over 200 Montclair families.

Contributions to MHS Crew are tax deductible, as allowed by law. Please make checks out to Friends of Montclair Rowing, Inc. (FOMR).
FOMR is a 501(c)(3) parent volunteer organization that uses all 100% of all donations to support Montclair Crew.


FOR CREW PARENTS:
 Help recruit new sponsors!

Solicit a sponsor! It's easy and brings much needed support to our team.
See our list of 2018 Corporate Sponsors.

Contact Natalie Gutin [email protected], FOMR Corporate Sponsorship Co-Chair, to receive the full packet: a sponsorship drive letter, guidelines for reaching out to sponsors, and links to media.
Please do contact us before reaching out to a sponsor, just to make sure we haven't reached out already. (Nobody likes duplicate solicitations...)

SOLICITING GUIDELINES

Welcome to the Corporate Sponsorship Drive! Like everything about crew, this is a team effort that can only succeed with your helpJoin us in enlisting national and local corporate sponsors to help underwrite the high costs of the crew -- from the expense of running the team to the cost of maintaining the fleet and purchasing new equipment, fees and the fundraiser are not enough to keep our team afloat. Corporate sponsors get their logos (with website links) displayed on the FOMR website and on the MHS Crew Team banner, with is proudly displayed at all spring regattas and at our annual Ergathon fundraiser.

Let's go get them again! If each crew family were to solicit one local or national business to be a gold, silver, or bronze sponsor, we would quickly achieve our goal of $10,000 .

WHO TO SOLICIT

1. 
Check the list of 2018 Sponsors to make sure you know which businesses are already supporting Crew.
 

2. Identify a local business or corporation with whom you have a relationship or strong connection
– places like banks, insurance companies, contractors, painters, architects, realtors, doctors/dentists, physical therapists, restaurant chains, supermarkets, etc. If you work for a company that has a corporate giving program, please make sure you give them the letter.

3. Contact Natalie Gutin [email protected], and she'll provide you with everything you need to reach out and recruit your sponsor.

HOW & WHEN TO SOLICIT

Solicitation begins as in the fall for the following year's season, and all corporate sponsors must be finalized by early March so that the banner can be created in time for the first regatta. It's easy to solicit: Check the current sponsors' list (to make sure we avoid duplicate solitications). Request the solicitation letter and materials from Natalie, and you're ready to recruit!
The personal touch is best:
Visit a local business that you have a relationship with, call the company, or email the letter directly to your connection. Personalize the solicitation letter by writing a note and signing your own name. Please bcc Natalie [email protected] on solicitation emails or send her an email to confirm that you have reached out.

FOLLOW UP: This is KEY. It is not enough for a company to receive a solicitation. They must hear from you personally. Call within a week of sending the solicitation and see if you can stop by to discuss the sponsorship program and its benefits. A brief note is fine: for example, "Hope you have had a chance to think about sponsoring the MHS crew team. Your financial support would be recognized on a large banner, which will be hung at all our regattas. In addition all sponsors will have their logo on our website sponsor page with a direct link to your company's website. Please support our hardworking, dedicated scholastic rowing team."

DEADLINE: All sponsorship checks will be due by the second Friday in February. The deadline is meant to create a sense of urgency.
The checks must be made out to Friends of Montclair Rowing and sent to our PO Box 43492, or collected in personal.
Donations made to the Friends of Montclair Rowing are tax deductible as allowed by law.

Let's bring in those sponsors!