2021 Global Sponsors: Quarterly Update

I am excited to announce the Global Community Sponsors for Q1–Q2 2021! Thank you to all the sponsors that support the WordPress community programs, including WordCamps and WordPress Chapter MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through https://www.meetup.com/. A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on meetup.com will help you find options in your area. groups.

Full details on the 2021 Global Sponsorship program and packages can be found here. Since this year’s program is available on a quarterly basis, we will announce any changes to this list every quarter.

The Global Sponsor information for event organizers page in the handbook has been updated, and we’ll be updating the rest of the handbook pages in the coming days. WordPress Chapter Meetup group pages have also recently been updated to acknowledge our global sponsors.

Please join me in giving another big thanks to all the global sponsors for their continued support!

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Global Sponsorship Update

As mentioned back in July, the Global Sponsorship program was suspended for 2020. All 2020 global sponsors that signed up at the beginning of the year were offered the opportunity to support WordCamps individually. As of today, these sponsors have been informed of their account balance with WPCSWordPress Coding Standards A collection of PHP_CodeSniffer rules (sniffs) to validate code developed for WordPress. It ensures code quality and adherence to coding conventions, especially the official standards for WordPress Core..

As we near the end of the year, sights are turned to 2021 and exploring the possibility of a Global Sponsorship program for the next year. Until we can safely hold in-person WordCamps again, the program will have to look very different.

@andreamiddleton, @kcristiano, @harmonyromo, and I have been doing some preliminary feasibility research, as we helped administer the program. We are working on identifying the options for Global Sponsorship next year. As everything has been incredibly uncertain, it has made this process quite slow.

We hope to post a pared-down program proposal in January 2021. If you want to make suggestions about benefits that the Global Sponsorship program can offer consistently, despite all the unknowns this year, please leave them in a comment on this post!

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Proposed 2020 Global Community Sponsorship Program

Below you’ll find a proposed draft for the 2020 Global Community Sponsorship Program.

tl;dr:

Most package rates will decrease for 2020, to reflect the unexpectedly flat growth in number of WordCamps in 2019.

Benefits proposed for removal:

  • Acknowledgement in the footer of the post-event, wrap-up thank you email to attendees (This proved too challenging for all WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. volunteer organizers to execute reliably.)
  • Notification email sent when events in your sponsored region are added to the official schedule (deprecated to reflect the new notification benefit below)
  • Notification email sent when events in your sponsored region are approved for pre-planning (deprecated to reflect the new notification benefit below)

New proposed benefits:

  • Quarterly email with spreadsheet of WordCamps in planning and on the schedule — All levels
  • Acknowledgement on the WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. home page (615k annual views) — Gold level only

A package we’d like to remove for 2020:

We offered a new “Global Subscriber” package in 2019, but there was no interest in it, so we will remove it for 2020.

Questions? Feedback?

If you have any questions, observations, or critical feedback about the program in general or these proposed changes, please comment on this post! Thanks so much for the hard work, input, and feedback by @aaroncampbell, @andreamiddleton, @bph, @kcristiano, @lindseyanne, @lucasartoni, and @mpmike.

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Announcing the 2020 Global Sponsorship Working Group

Thanks for all the interest in participating in the 2020 Global Sponsorship Working Group! I received lots of interest via both the call for volunteers post and direct email.

The working group this year will have the following members: @kcristiano, @mpmike, @lucasartoni, @bph, @aaroncampbell, @lindseyanne, @andreamiddleton and @courtneypk.

Timeline:

  • 7–15 November: 2–4 hours of independent program analysis and two 1-hour Working Group meetings
  • 20 November: Post program proposal
  • 25 November: Send program to sponsors

If you have been mentioned in this post and your availability has changed, please let me know as soon as possible. Thanks!

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Call for Volunteers: 2020 Global Sponsorship Working Group

Do you love looking at spreadsheets, balance sheets, PNLs, and budget projections? Do you really know your way around a sponsorship deck? If the answer to either (or both!) of these questions is, “YES!” then you might be interested in joining the 2020 global sponsorship working group.

The WordPress Global Sponsorship Program (born in 2013 as the Multi-Event Sponsorship Program), provides financial support to WordPress community events around the world. It’s time to analyze the program yet again and come up with a proposal for the 2020 edition.

We’d like to post a proposal for the 2020 Global Sponsorship Program no later than 20 November 2019, hoping to be able to send it to sponsors by 25 November. I’d like to gather a group of 5–7 people to work on this short project.

Time commitment: 2–4 hours of independent program analysis time plus two 1-hour video conference meetings, all between 7–15 November.

Experience required: accounting experience with organizations with an annual gross income of $5M+ AND/OR experience analyzing/reviewing multiple sponsorship decks per year. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. fundraising experience is also strongly preferred.

If you have skills/experience and the interest/time, please comment on this post! We’ll announce the working group members by 21 October, and I’ll reach out by 23 October to group members to schedule the two video meetings. #global-sponsorship

Call for Volunteers: 2019 Global Sponsorship Working Group

Do you love looking at spreadsheets, balance sheets, PNLs, and budget projections? Do you really know your way around a sponsorship deck? If the answer to either (or both!) of these questions is, “YES!” then you might be interested in joining the 2019 global sponsorship working group.

The WordPress Global Sponsorship Program (born in 2013 as the Multi-Event Sponsorship Program), provides financial support to WordPress community events around the world. It’s time to analyze the program yet again and come up with a proposal for the 2019 edition.

We’d like to post a proposal for the 2018 Global Sponsorship Program no later than November 7, hoping to be able to send it to sponsors by November 14. I’d like to gather a group of 5-7 people to work on this short project. @kcristiano and I will be two of the people in the group, so we’re looking for an additional 3-5 volunteers.

Time commitment: 2-4 hours of independent program analysis time plus two 1-hour video conference meetings, all between October 22-Nov 2.

Experience required: accounting experience with organizations with an annual gross income of $4M and over AND/OR experience analyzing/reviewing multiple sponsorship decks per year. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. fundraising experience is also strongly preferred.

If you have skills/experience and the interest/time, please comment on this post! We’ll announce the working group members by October 17, and I’ll reach out on October 19 to group members to schedule the two video meetings. #global-sponsorship

Call for Volunteers: 2018 Global Sponsorship Working Group

Do you love looking at spreadsheets, balance sheets, PNLs, and aging reports? Do you really know your way around a sponsorship deck? If the answer to either (or both!) of these questions is, “YES!” then you might be interested in joining the 2018 global sponsorship working group.

The WordPress Global Sponsorship Program (born in 2012 as the Multi-Event Sponsorship Program), provides financial support to WordPress community events around the world. It’s time to analyze the program yet again and come up with a proposal for its 2018 version.

We’d like to post a proposal for the 2018 Global Sponsorship Program no later than October 23, hoping to be able to send it to sponsors by October 27. I’d like to gather a group of 5-7 people to work on this short project. @kcristiano and I will be two of the people in the group, so we’re looking for an additional 3-5 volunteers. 🙂

Time commitment: 1-2 hours of independent program analysis time plus two 1-hour video conference meetings, all between October 11-20.

Experience required: accounting experience with organizations with an annual gross income of $3m and over AND/OR experience analyzing/reviewing multiple sponsorship decks per year. WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. organizing experience is also strongly preferred.

If you have skills/experience and the interest/time, please comment on this post! We’ll announce the working group members by October 8, and I’ll reach out on October 9 to group members to schedule the two video meetings.

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Let's talk about the 2017 Global Sponsorship Program

It’s time (past time!) to start drafting a Global Sponsorship program for 2017, yay! This week I sent a survey to current global sponsors to find out what they love and what they don’t love from the 2016 program. Apart from sponsor feedback, though, it’s worth discussing what, if anything, we think isn’t working in the 2016 program, including benefits, levels, and to some extent, execution.

As a reminder, we don’t have unlimited time to work on this, since we want to get a 2017 program to our current and prospective sponsors this month. I’m not aware of anything in our benefits packages that is specifically not working, but people don’t always tell me things directly, so. Here is your chance to tell us directly: what do you as event organizers love about the global sponsorship program? And what do you not love so much? 🙂

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Sponsorship and Finances Weekly Report for February 19

Here’s that weekly update on the payments and income for WordPress community events that we post on Fridays. This report might get more elaborate as we get the time to build more tools around financial reporting (currently it’s pretty manual), so if there’s a level of detail we’re not providing that you’d like to see, please mention it in the comments! 🙂

Between February 12 and February 18, here’s what came in:

  • Ticket revenue via PayPal: $42,676.59 USD
  • Number of tickets sold: 882
  • Sponsorship income via wire transfer: 11 payments totaling $20,833.35 USD
  • Sponsorship income via PayPal: 14 payments totaling $13,412.51 USD
  • Sponsorship income via check: 4 payments totaling $52,500.00 USD (includes the global sponsorship payment of $45,000 from DreamHost)

Total revenue (in USD): $129,422.45 USD

And in that same period, here’s what went out:

  • Vendors paid for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Europe: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Lancaster PA: 4
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp London: 4
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Miami: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Minneapolis: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp New Orleans: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Northeast Ohio: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp San Diego: 2
  • Total number of payments: 15

Total payments (in USD): $26,743.08

Here’s a list of this week’s global sponsorship grants (which are determined at the budget review):

Asheville $11,000.00
Buffalo $1,000.00

As always, if you have any questions, please ask away in the comments! 🙂

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Sponsorship and Finances Weekly Report

We’re going to be posting a weekly update on the payments and income that we handle for WordPress community events on Fridays. This report might get more elaborate as we get the time to build more tools around financial reporting (currently it’s pretty manual), so if there’s a level of detail we’re not providing that you’d like to see, please mention it in the comments! 🙂

Between February 5 and February 11, here’s what came in:

  • Ticket revenue via PayPal: $14,728.64
  • Number of tickets sold: 365
  • Sponsorship income via wire transfer: 3 payments totaling $28,047.05 (includes the global sponsorship payment of $11,250 from Plesk)
  • Sponsorship income via PayPal: 10 payments totaling $9,787.18
  • Sponsorship income via check: 4 payments totaling $14,600.00 (includes the global sponsorship payment of $11,250 from WiredTree)

Total revenue (in USD): $67,162.87

And in that same period, here’s what went out:

  • Vendors paid for WordCampWordCamp WordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. Paris: 4
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Lancaster PA: 3
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Miami: 6
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp Atlanta: 1
  • Vendors paid for WordCamp CentralWordCamp Central Website for all WordCamp activities globally. https://central.wordcamp.org includes a list of upcoming and past camp with links to each. (SD cards for camera kits): 1
  • Total number of payments: 16

Total payments (in USD): $43,514.28

Here’s a list of recent global sponsorship grants (which are determined at the budget review):

Gdynia, Poland: 1600 EUR
Tokyo, Japan: 1500000 JPY
Albuquerque, USA: 1500 USD
Orange County, USA: 5000 USD
North East Ohio, USA: 4500 USD
Calgary, Canada: 2000 CAD
Bratislava, Slovakia: 3500 EUR
Antwerp, Belgium: 9000 EUR
Nuremberg, Germany: 6000 EUR
Helsinki, Finland: 2500 EUR
Tampa, USA: 7000 USD
Porto, Portugal: 1600 EUR

Kevin and I are adding WiredTree (Q1 only), Plesk, and Dreamhost to Western region events (the Americas) today as Bronze level global sponsors, so organizers in the Americas please be on the lookout for new sponsors on your sites and new emails in your inboxes! 🙂

As always, if you have any questions, please ask away in the comments! 🙂

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