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.
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
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.
* $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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