A partnership is a working relationship that requires time and working towards shared objectives.
A sponsorship is a financial relationship based on the exchange of money or services, and hopefully with aligned purposes.
Create clear agreements with both sponsors and partners.
Document those agreements.
Partnering might make sense if...
Another organization has similar goals to your group
You want to do a project together
Partners have members who might also be interested in your group or project, and they can communicate to their members to promote your group or event
Partners have access to resources like space for meetings
The partnership includes fiscal sponsorship
Is there an open source initiative to get involved with? A local school that could use your help and expertise? An industry organization effort that’s synergistic with your group?
Great partners include...
Local universities and schools
Local companies (Working with your competitors can benefit everyone too)
Resellers, channel partners, and consultancies
Industry associations/ organizations
Company practice groups within local companies
See below for Potential partnership organizations for the AGN
Partnering with other groups in your local area or discipline may make each group stronger.
Find other Autodesk groups using the group finder
Reach out to other leaders to see what they're interested in!
Sponsors often provide...
Technology/ services/ software
Sponsors often ask for...
Time to talk & present during meetings
Recognition/ logos on your website, newsletters, event materials, etc.
Exhibit booth, table, or some other place to distribute material about their product/ service and talk with people
Direct access to your member lists, member's contact information (NOT RECOMMENDED)
Some Sponsors may want to have a seat on the group's board
For large events, you may want to create sponsorship tiers/ levels (e.g. gold, silver), with increasing benefits
Here's a list of professional and industry organizations that groups in the Autodesk Group Network may consider partnering with...
There are so many architectural organizations that there's an Association of Architectural Organizations!