Thank you for your interest in obtaining a sponsorship from Custom Trophies. Although we have no formal application procedure, please keep in mind the following as these are OUR guidelines in providing sponsorships. This applies to monetary sponsorships, donations-in-kind and opportunity-drawing items.
1. BE A CUSTOMER FIRST
If you have not already used our company's products or services, you need to look into doing so prior to asking for anything. Quite frankly, if you can not invest in us, why should we invest in you? We recommend you request sponsorships from those businesses you already use. Build a relationship with these companies. It can be mutually beneficial. Being a great customer can lead to sponsorship opportunities.
2. MAKE AN EFFORT IN CONTACTING US
An e-mail, a phone call or an actual letter, outlining the request and perhaps reminding of the established relationship is much better than a relaxed social media message or walk-in solicitation (unless previously arranged). Allow us to get to your request according to our timetable. Plus, make certain your request is grammatically correct and please utilize spellcheck.
3. TIMELY REQUEST
A sponsorship request should provide a minimum 30-60 days prior to the requested in-hands date. This is true for a monetary donation and/or a physical item. This allows us to see if it the request fits in our budget and/or work schedule.
4. HOW WILL IT BENEFIT CUSTOM TROPHIES?
Yes, we get feel-good fuzzies just by giving, but that doesn't keep the lights on or the doors open. And the "tax deductible" aspect isn't really appealling. As a Sole Propreiter all of our inventory is tax deductible and cash out-of-pocket is just that...cash out-of-pocket. So unless we are garnering new customers by great exposure, a "Sponsorship" is nothing more than an expense, and not necessarity a beneficial one. And THAT takes us back up to #1...If you (or your team, school, non-profit, social club, business, etc.) don't support US, why would we support YOU?
5. NO MEANS NO
No means no...pretty simple. Perhaps it's out of budget. Perhaps it's not beneficial to us. Perhaps we don't believe in your cause. Perhaps we are dieting. Perhaps we are really, really, really busy. There are numerous reasons why "no" is the answer given and bottom-line...
No means No.
Please understand, our intention is not to disuade sponsorship requests, but they are given at our discretion. We are NOT "big business"...we are the true definition of "small business" and we'd like to continue to keep the lights on...