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Fundraising Event

Virtual Annual Luncheon Sponsorship Opportunities

April 22, 2021

Presented by LaSalle Network and the Zell Family Foundation, our Luncheon welcomed more than 3,000 individuals from coast to coast to celebrate the transformational power of starting early.

Corporate & Individual

Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits

What does sponsorship mean for you? See below for a variety of sponsorship opportunities and the benefits that are associated with each.

Presenting Sponsor

$100,000

  • Presenting designation and sponsor name and logo (if applicable) below event title when used in all marketing materials
  • Private screening of Tomorrow’s Hope documentary, the inspiring story of three former Educare Chicago students
  • News release distributed on behalf of Start Early and Presenting Sponsor(s)

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Recognized in verbal remarks during event
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) displayed in virtual “waiting room” pre-event
  • Recognition in event “Thank You” email (distribution of approximately 24,000 individuals)
  • Dedicated social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 13,000 followers)
  • Post-event employee engagement volunteer opportunity (for corporate sponsors)
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included on 2022 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Recognition in digital program book
  • Assisted registration for all guests
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Champion Sponsor

$50,000

  • Recognized in verbal remarks during event
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) displayed in virtual “waiting room” pre-event
  • Recognition in event “Thank You” email (distribution of approximately 24,000 individuals)

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Dedicated social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 13,000 followers)
  • Post-event employee engagement volunteer opportunity (for corporate sponsors)
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included on 2022 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Recognition in digital program book
  • Assisted registration for all guests
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Premier Sponsor

$25,000

  • Dedicated social media posts pre-event – Facebook, LinkedIn (distribution to approximately 13,000 followers)
  • Post-event employee engagement volunteer opportunity (for corporate sponsors)
  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Sponsor name and logo (if applicable) included on 2022 Annual Luncheon sponsorship web page
  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Recognition in digital program book
  • Assisted registration for all guests
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Partner Sponsor

$10,000

  • Private discussion with an early childhood expert from Start Early for you and your guests or employees
  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Recognition in digital program book

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

Additional Sponsorship Benefits:

  • Assisted registration for all guests
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

Community Sponsor

$5,000

  • Sponsor name included in invitation, pre-event emails and on event web page
  • Recognition in digital program book
  • Assisted registration for all guests
  • Inclusion in Start Early Year in Review and Donor Wall at main office

For Annual Luncheon sponsorship questions, email [email protected].

About the Annual Luncheon

Since Start Early’s Annual Luncheon’s inception in 2002, more than $12 million has been raised through sponsorships, attendance and generous contributions. Just this past year, although virtual, we raised more than $1 million!

Start Early has welcomed many notable civic and philanthropic leaders as keynote speakers, including: Anna Deavere Smith, Activist, Playwright and Actor (2019); Dr. Nadine Burke Harris, Founder & CEO of Center for Youth Wellness (2018); Jackie Bezos, President of Bezos Family Foundation (2015); Wes Moore, Education Advocate & Best Selling Author (2012); The Honorable Arne Duncan (2011); Bill Gates, Sr., Co-Chairman of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (2007); Barack Obama, then-Illinois Senator (2006).