Partnerships & sponsorship
Groups might consider creating relationships with other organizations through partnerships and/or sponsorships. These relationships can help the group do more.
    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.
The Autodesk Group Network is a means for groups to create both a partnership and sponsorship relationship with Autodesk, Inc. See the Benefits Guide.
We hope that, over time, we'll be able to partner with groups and group leaders in increasingly meaningful ways.

Partners

    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

Partnering with other groups & Interconnecting Groups

    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

    Sponsors...
    Sponsors often provide...
      Food
      Venues
      Money/ grants
      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
Be careful that sponsors aren’t self-promoting too much in a way that becomes toxic to your members. It's not good for your members and ultimately it's not good for the sponsors themselves.
Remind sponsors that the main objective of the group is to "insert mission here", not sell their product/services.

Potential partnership organizations for groups in the AGN

Here's a list of professional and industry organizations that groups in the Autodesk Group Network may consider partnering with...
AEC Communities List - curated by John Egan and specifically focused on groups who are "actively innovating and improving the built environment." (Submitted by Ralph Montague, a leader of Revit & Dynamo user groups in Ireland)

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