This October, The Wildlife Society will be hosting one of the largest gatherings in North America of wildlife professionals, influencers, educators, students and supporters. During six days packed with presentations, working group meetings, field trips, workshops, competitions, and social events, attendees will experience unparalleled educational, professional development and networking opportunities.
This year’s event provides added value to sponsors and a unique opportunity for contributors to show their support as it’s the first time in the organization’s history we’re holding the conference in Pennsylvania, and only our second time in the Mid-Atlantic states. We’ve significantly enhanced our sponsorship opportunities to include member engagement, brand recognition, announcements, and special access to maximize sponsors’ return on investment.
A wide variety of individuals from universities, conservation organizations, natural-resources consulting companies, and federal, state, and provincial agencies will be among the attendees. Sponsors and contributors will also reach our nearly 10,000 members and thousands more through pre- and post-conference positioning in our magazine, website, and e-newsletters.
Our new program for sponsors offers four levels of engagement. All sponsors will have access to marketing support and insights from our team to customize a sponsorship solution that helps them achieve their desired results.
Our goal is to provide a depth and range of educational programming and networking that ensures that wildlife professionals leave Pennsylvania more inspired, empowered and enabled to sustain healthy wildlife populations and habitats for generations to come. With your support as a sponsor or contributor, we know that we can deliver on that promise.
Please review the attached information and contact us with any questions you may have. We appreciate your support of The Wildlife Society Annual Conference and look forward to thanking you in person in Pittsburgh!
If you have any questions about your support of our conference, please contact Hedy Ross, Development Manager at 301-897-9770 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Virginia Tilden, Fundraising Subcommittee Chair at email@example.com.
Contributor or Sponsor?
There are two distinct ways to support The Wildlife Society Annual Conference:
- Contributors are typically businesses, organizations, and individuals who want to provide financial support for the conference or a specific activity at the conference with no expectation of tangible return on investment. Contributors will receive recognition for their support by tier in a variety of communications channels and will receive an invitation to a Donor/Contributor reception during the conference.
- Sponsors are typically businesses and organizations who desire tangible value and return on investment through engagement opportunities, brand recognition and visibility, marketing and advertising through multiple communications channels, free exhibit space and/or registrations.
Still unsure as to which category best matches your intent? Contact Hedy Ross, Development Manager at 301-897-9770 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be happy to help!
All contributors receive the same types of recognition as outlined below, but the tiers will distinguish you or your organization by the level of support provided.
Benefactor: $10,000+ Patron: $5,000+ Associate: $2,500+
Affiliate: $1,000+ Friend: $250+
Contributors will be recognized for their generous support by tier with text recognition in the conference program, on the conference website, on signage at the conference, in one e-newsletter and in one issue of The Wildlife Professional. They will also receive two tickets to the Donor Reception held during the conference.
While we encourage contributors to support the entire conference, if a donation must be used to support a specific program or activity, TWS will honor that request. If desired, TWS will also provide recognition in connection with the designated program or activity through messaging such as “underwritten through the generous support of (contributor name)” in the conference program, on the conference website and through signage at the event, as practical.
It’s easy to contribute! Complete the attached Contributor Pledge Form and email it to Hedy Ross at email@example.com, mail it to The Wildlife Society, 5410 Grosvenor Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814, fax it to 301-530-2471, or call us at 301-897-9770 and we’ll complete it for you.
TWS offers four sponsorship packages that provide a mix of member engagement, brand recognition, announcements, and special access. Each package can be customized to help you achieve your desired return on investment and/or return on objectives.
Platinum: $25,000+ Gold: $10,000+
Silver: $5,000+ Bronze: $2,500+
All four levels include the opportunity to sponsor or co-sponsor a wide range of events or activities such as the Quiz Bowl competition, mobile app, opening and closing receptions, refreshment breaks, field trips, internet service and café, targeted audience receptions, photo contest, college student and future leader activities, film festivals, a community service project and much more! Our team will help you select from a wide range of activities that will best position your brand to support your goals.
All four levels also include a mix of free exhibit space and/or registrations, pre- and post-conference visibility through multiple communications channels, free advertising in the conference program, special events tickets with VIP reserved seating, invitations to the Sponsor/Exhibitor reception, and a variety of signage opportunities to recognize your support.
Additionally, some levels offer opportunities such as:
- Pre- or post-conference email sent by TWS with a special offer or information from your organization to the entire membership
- Option to provide a handout or premium through the registration booths
- Option to conduct an on-site contest as a lead generator, facilitated by TWS
- “Sponsor Spotlight” feature/offer on our website
- Verbal recognition on-stage and at sponsored location/activity
- Photo opportunities with TWS leadership, as appropriate and available
- Customized opportunities/activities developed collaboratively
Contact Hedy Ross, Development Manager at 301-897-9770 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a conference call and we’ll help you find a sponsorship solution that fits your budget and helps you drive desired results for your organization!