Grants and funding
Business sponsorship for your program
Sponsors can proclaim their support on this vinyl banner. Call 877-852-8981 to order.
(Size: 9' x 2', with grommets. Item #40-1020, $199.99) More banners »
Budget woes? We can help. With CHARACTER COUNTS! Sponsorship.
Budgets for professional development are not what they used to be. We have an idea that just might put your CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative back on track. If you can locate an interested sponsor in your community (think car dealership, local bank, grocery chain, or retailer), we can work with them to save you time and energy and put together a package that suits your needs.
Depending on the budget, your sponsor could help you:
- Fund professional development that will show your teachers how to infuse the Six Pillars of Character into your daily curriculum
- Pay for support materials to make learning fun — and teaching easier
- Endow a master trainer to visit your school for in-services or support visits
If you'd like us to work with your sponsor, give us a call at 800-711-2670.
Sponsors can also purchase the vinyl indoor/outdoor banner (above) to demonstrate their support in the community. We will include their name and your school's name.
More ideas for getting local businesses involved
- For any of your contests, competitions and raffles, solicit the support of booksellers, video and music stores, toy stores, restaurants and any other merchants who could offer prizes that young people would enjoy.
- Ask large businesses to underwrite a specific project or activity. Usually there is one person in charge of corporate giving. Find out who this person is and what the company’s guidelines are for giving before you send your letter. Ask them to support CHARACTER COUNTS! in their advertising and make reference to an event or ongoing activity. They may sponsor a newspaper ad or billboard sign.
- Ask a local newspaper to provide free advertising of an event or ongoing activity. A local newspaper, print shop or copy shop may donate printing and typesetting services to a community newspaper produced by young people.
- Ask a print shop or copy shop to donate its services to reproduce and bind materials to make a collection of essays on the Six Pillars. An office supplies store may donate materials (e.g., paper, notebooks, pens) for the activity.
- Ask a local chain of grocery stores, restaurants or other businesses to display posters or include information on marquees or billboards at all of their locations.
- Ask local grocery stores and restaurants to make contributions to run a food drive.
- Ask office and art supplies stores to contribute materials for arts and crafts projects focusing on the Six Pillars.
- Ask video stores to provide free video rentals, and supermarkets to donate snacks, for a movie night focusing on character development.
- Ask hardware stores, car/truck rental lots, and refuse haulers to donate materials for community service endeavors such as school painting and other maintenance projects, park cleanup projects and recycling activities.