Traditionally, CES has relied on member registration fees for a very large portion of its revenues. This has been a constraint on development of services for members and it has put pressure on the fees themselves. As well, CES has been active on the sponsorship front but without coordination of various efforts. It is time to fix that.
The CES Board of Directors has recently approved the creation of a Sponsorship Working Group (SWG) that will report to the Board. The SWG will be responsible for drafting a policy (and procedures and strategy) on sponsorship and implementing it. Key would be coordination with conference host committees, chapters, and CESEF to avoid cross-action and to maximize benefits to everyone.
We are seeking expressions of interests from members. You want to contribute to fund raising? You have ideas about how to do it? You have a good network inside and outside the evaluation world? You are simply looking for a way to support the profession? Drop a note to the Treasurer and copy the secretariat and the President. We are looking forward to hearing from you!
While open to any realistic idea, CES envisages that the sponsorship strategy would distinguish three layers of sponsors: local sponsors who would likely be reserved to conference host committees and chapters; evaluation-world sponsors (consultants, governments, foundations, international organizations, etc.); and rest-of-the-world sponsors (insurance companies, banks, credit card companies, car rental services, etc.) The objective of the sponsorship strategy would be to increase CES resources without drawing from the members' pocket, to diversify revenue sources, and to create strategic alliances beneficial to CES and the sponsors.