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 Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. 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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Proposal: 2021 Global Community Sponsorship program

As promised, here is a proposal for a pared-down Global Community Sponsorship program for this year.

This is coming later than intended (we were aiming for January), due to the uncertainty about when in-person conferences will return to WordPress community programs. Also slightly unusual, this proposal is the work of a small group: me, @kcristiano, @courtneypk, with help crunching the numbers from @harmonyromo. When I wrote last year that we’d be making a public call for working group volunteers on a 2021 global sponsorship program, I did not realize that the pandemic’s effect on our team and programs would be so powerful, and last this long. Given the givens, it seemed expedient to simply ask the people who’ve been administrating the program the longest, to draft a 2021 version for community feedback.

This year, we propose offering one package only, available on a quarterly basis. A quarterly offering should help make us nimble, if our path to global in-person events accelerates in ways we don’t currently expect. Offering one single package should make this easier to administrate, which is extra-important right now, as volunteer engagement is (for perfectly understandable reasons) so low.

The one new benefit we’re able to offer this year, is acknowledgement on the meetup.com pages of all WordPress chapter groups. Meetup.com has offered to make this happen for us, once per year for up to 6 sponsors. Therefore, this benefit will only be available to the first 6 qualifying sponsors that inscribe by 26 March 2021, and only those that commit to at least two quarters of sponsorship. Inscription will be opened early to companies that have been sponsors of this program in the past.

EDIT: This version of the program does NOT include direct 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. sponsorship. Unless something changes drastically, WordCamp sponsorship in 2021 will be handled on an “a la carte” basis.


2021 Global Sponsorship benefit package proposal

Cost: USD $10,000/quarter; sponsor limit 6 (due to meetup.com constraints)
  1. Your company’s logo, with a link back to the company landing page of your choice, on all WordPress chapter meetupMeetup Meetup groups are locally-organized groups that get together for face-to-face events on a regular basis (commonly once a month). Learn more about Meetups in our Meetup Organizer Handbook. group pages (as of Jan 2021: 454,482 Members, 745 groups, 109 countries). Available to inscribers by 26 March, who will commit to at least two quarters of sponsorship. 
  2. Acknowledgement in all WordCamp “ticket purchase successful” pages (39,000 in 2020; projected 19,000 in 2021).
  3. 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 (over 400k annual views).
  4. Acknowledgment in one program-wide email to all 454,607 members of a WordPress chapter account meetup/user group.
  5. Acknowledgment on sponsor page on WordCamp Central (8,698 views in the past 365 days).
  6. Monthly email with spreadsheet of WordCamps in planning and on the schedule
  7. “Featured” acknowledgment on all monthly meetup organizer newsletters (received by 2,800+ WordPress community leaders every month).
  8. Opportunity to list discounts or free resources that meetup and WordCamp organizers can use for new user workshops, charity hackathons, etc., on the official WordCamp Organizer handbook page for use at community events. This page will be promoted through the Meetup Organizer newsletter, received by 2,800+ WordPress community leaders monthly.

Feedback

Please share any feedback, questions, or concerns you have about this proposal, no later than 26 February 2021. We hope to finalize the program details by 5 March 2021, and activate the program no later than the end of March.

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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 Community Support WordPress Community Support PBC is a Public Benefit Corporation, created specifically to be the financial and legal support for WordCamps, WordPress Meetup groups, and any additional “official” events organized within the WordPress Community Events program..

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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2020 Global Sponsors

Thank you for your patience, as this announcement is a bit late. But I am excited to announce the global community sponsors for 2020! Thank you to all the sponsors that support the WordPress community programs.

In region A (North, Central, and South America), the global sponsors are:

In region B (Europe, Africa, and Asia), the global sponsors are:

Full details on the 2020 Global Sponsorship program and packages can be found here.

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. A group of volunteers will also be updating 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. sites to reflect the current list.

If you are organizing a WordCamp that is scheduled in the next 4–6 weeks, please contact us at support@wordcamp.org if you don’t know if you need to reserve space for any Gold sponsors.

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

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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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