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Sponsorship Brochure

Here is a first draft for a sponsorship brochure. In particular,

based on Roger's suggestion I discussed some of the enhancements

we would be able to make to our offerings with sponsorship money.

Please read this, comment and suggest improvements. I hope that

we can finalize this document by 1 July so that I can typeset it

in time for the beginning of the fundraising campaign when the

holiday weekend ends.

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The advent of personal computers with internet access has created

new opportunities for the production and dissemination of knowledge

on a scale not seen since the invention of the printing press five

centuries earlier. To secure the maximal benefits of this informational

revolution for mathematicians, PlanetMath has been working hard since

2001 at building a virtual library in which members of the mathematical community can find information, discuss mathematical topics with their

colleagues, and add to the literature collaboratively.

Currently, our "flagship project" is a mathematical encyclopaedia written,

edited, and reviewed by members of the PlanetMath community which has over

7000 entries covering all major areas of mathematics and defining over 12000 technical terms. We also carry mathematical content in the

form of lecture notes, papers, and books, all freely available to the general public. We have a collaboration section where members can

co-author documents and fora in which they discuss mathematics and field

questions at all levels from beginners looking for hints to exercises

to graduate students and professional mathematicians posting advanced

questions which arise in their research to engineers asking for guidance

with calculations.

PlanetMath has around 20000 registered users and is viewed 60000 times

on an average day. Examination of the

server log shows that a good part of this traffic comes from universities, private and public research institutes, and industries such as technology and finance which use mathematics and that PlanetMath is indexed daily by leading search engines. Of the users who are most active in contributing content and fielding questions, the overwhelming majority either have advanced degrees in mathematical disciplines and careers in academia or industry or are graduate students of mathematics.

In addition to improving the quality of the services we already offer,

we would like to expand our offerings so as to better serve the mathematical community. Not only do we want to improve our encycloapeadia; we also want to add interactive content. Not only do we want to improve our book section; we also want to prepare electronic editions of mathematical classics. Not only do we want to improve our exposition section; we want to branch out to offering virtual seminars and podcasts of lectures. Not only do we want to improve our collaboration section; we also want to offer teleconference capabilities for collaborators and facilitate professional networking. Naturally, developing these new features will require money, which is where we are counting on the generosity of our sponsors --- together we can explore the frontiers of cyberspace and harness the power of computing technology for the advancement of mathematical knowledge.

*What PlanetMath Sponsorship Gets You*

Base sponsorship gets your name out there and gets you the goodwill associated

with sponsoring our commons-based project. Depending on the arrangement

selected, you get your banner on the web page, and/or on the wall of donors,

and/or listed as the sponsor of a section, etc. You also get regular reports

and notifications of PlanetMath activities.

However, we hope this will be just the beginning of our relationship with your

organization. Sponsoring PlanetMath opens the channels of communication to

work together in deeper ways. Additional investment can produce various

products and outcomes that benefit your organization and PlanetMath. For

example, organizations might be interested in producing various versions or

customizations presentations of the PlanetMath content (all or part). Or,

organizations might be interested in tapping the PlanetMath community, for

hiring, consulting, tutoring, or other sorts of activities. We are open to

hearing what your needs are, and how we can help in a way that achieves your

goals as well as advances the goals of the PlanetMath organization & community.

*Sponsorhip Packages*

* $1000 and up: (unlimited number of sponsors per year)

Be listed on the great wall of donors as a sponsor and

have a link to your company's homepage.

* $5000 and up: (up to 63 sponsors per year)

Adopt a subject area. Your company will be acknowledged on

the bottom of every entries in that subject with a link back

to the company website. 20% of the money will me earmarked

for improving coverage in that area, either by projects which

directly target that area or projects which generally improve

coverage of all subjects.

* $10000 and up: (up to 4 sponsors per year)

Adopt a section. Your company will be acknowledged on the bottom

of every entries in that section with a link back to the company

website. 20% of the money will me earmarked for improving coverage

in that area, either by projects which directly target that section

or projects which generally improve all sections.

* $12000: (one sponsor per year)

Underwrite the Free Math Award. Your company will be named on the award

and on anouncements. press releases, awards ceremony

program, and the like. $2000 of the sum will be offerred as a prize.

* $ 15000: (one sponsor per year)

Underwrite the PM annual meeting. Your company will be listed as

sponsor of the meeting in all promotional literature, advertising,

programs, etc. pertaining to the meeting.

* $20000 and up: (ten sponsors per year)

Be listed on the top of PM pages and have your company's logo

displayed there with a link back to your company's website.

The names of sponsors choosing this option will be placed in

a pool from which two names will be picked and placed at the

top of the page every time the website is accessed.


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