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What is the OSCELOT Sponsorship Program?

Fully approved by the OSCELOT Board, the OSCELOT Sponsorship Program is the official path for substantial, non-directed monetary contributions to OSCELOT. It is the most direct method for a corporation or individual to support OSCELOT. In return, OSCELOT will make official acknowledgement and thanks for the donation via Public Relations involvement (as appropriate according to sponsorship level), sponsor logo and link ('no follow' at the Bronze level) on the OSCELOT 'Thank You' page (logo and link subject to approval from the OSCELOT Public Relations and Fund Raising Committee) and an official “Sponsor of OSCELOT” logo to place on the Sponsor's site.

There are five sponsorship levels, defined by donation and in-return benefits of sponsorship. If you are interested in supporting OSCELOT via provision of services please contact the Fund Raising Committee (fund.raising@oscelot.org).

Donations made to the OSCELOT Sponsorship Program must be coordinated with the OSCELOT Public Relations and Fund Raising Committee (fund.raising@oscelot.org). Please contact the PR and Fund Raising committee for details. You may also use our Paypal link for one-time or monthly sponsorship amounts to be charged to your Paypal or credit card account. See our contributions page for more information.

Anonymous Non-directed Sponsorships
We also accept anonymous non-directed sponsorships in any denomination. Anonymous non-directed contributions are anonymous to the public though we will acknowledge on our 'Thank You' page the number and overall total of anonymous non-directed contributions.

Why should I sponsor OSCELOT?

OSCELOT provides the education community with the means of collaborating and delivering open-source software projects in a highly visible context. OSCELOT projects are characterized by a collaborative, consensus based development process, a desire to create high quality software that provides innovative solutions in eduTech. We consider ourselves not simply a group of projects sharing a server, but rather a community of developers and users working to better education through technology.

OSCELOT provides the infrastructure for the projects - the mailing lists, code repositories, bug tracking systems, etc. While all of the administrative effort is currently through unpaid volunteers, we need financial assistance to improve our outreach and extend our services to meet the broadest audience possible.

By sponsoring OSCELOT you show your support for our mission and help sustain a vibrant and growing organization. Sponsorship also shows your support for Open Source and provides you the opportunity to "give back" to the community. Finally, since OSCELOT is non-profit tax exempt organization, sponsorship provides attractive tax benefits.

For more information about OSCELOT and our activities please visit our about OSCELOT pages.

Where will my sponsorship funds go?

OSCELOT comprises over 300 active global members, over 100 projects, and countless contributors and users. We are responsible for maintaining the sites and software which make up our infrastructure. We also have the normal business operating expenses which go with any organization. These include:

  • Servers and hardware
  • Legal and Accounting 
  • Normal office expenses
  • Marketing and PR 
  • Sub-contractors to "fill the gaps" for administrative and secretarial duties

Your sponsorship will allow OSCELOT to meet these expenses as well as expand our capability to maintain our leadership in the developer and Open Source communities. Funding will allow us to perform pro-active software and hardware procurement, enhance our community outreach, sponsor Open source Day and user groups (Kindles), and perform non-code related improvements to projects such as better documentation and more comprehensive websites.

Non-directed vs directed sponsorships

  • Non-directed sponsorships are used at the discretion of OSCELOT for funding and delivering the various services provided by the organization and those who serve the organization.
  • Directed sponsorships are used in a targeted manner for accomplishing specific goals of the organization.

Please note that we currently do not support directed sponsorships of any nature or amount.

OSCELOT is a non-profit organization

OSCELOT is a private operating corporation that is registered as a non-profit, charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. This means that, for individuals within the U.S., donations to OSCELOT should be tax-deductible. We are not accountants, so this cannot be trusted as financial advice of any kind, but hopefully this description will be useful to those who advise you in these matters. You may view our ruling letter from the IRS acknowledging our 501(c)(3) status.

You may also review the latest financial filings and non-profit exemption application of OSCELOT in our public records section.
More information about nonprofits and related issues can be found at the Internet Nonprofit Center.

I'd like to talk to someone about supporting OSCELOT!

If you would like more information about supporting OSCELOT, please contact fund.raising@oscelot.org. Sponsorships are handled differently from standard non-directed donations, so if you want your donations to be part of the Sponsorship program (and thus obtain the benefits of the program), you must coordinate the donation with the Public Relations and Fundraising Committee (fund.raising@oscelot.org).

All information will be kept in strictest confidence.

Sponsorship Levels

We offer several sponsorship levels. If you have questions about the different levels or how you may provide sponsorships that may not be covered by any of the levels outlined below please contact our Fundraising Committee (fund.raising@oscelot.org).

Platinum Sponsorship
- Donation level: $50k / year

  • Your logo (max size: 250x125) on our OSCELOT 'Thank You' page with link placed at the top section of page
  • Logo in alphabetical placement
  • OSCELOT provided Platinum Sponsorship logo for your site
  • Joint press release with OSCELOT

Gold Sponsorship
Donation level: $20k / year

  • Your logo (max size: 150x75) on our OSCELOT 'Thank You' page with link, placed at the upper-middle section of page
  • Logo in alphabetical placement
  • Logo in possible shared row
  • OSCELOT provided Gold Sponsorship logo for your site
  • OSCELOT provided quote for your PR

Silver Sponsorship
Donation level: $10k / year

  • Your logo (max size: 75x38) on our OSCELOT 'Thank You' page with link at the lower-middle section of page
  • Logo in alphabetical placement in shared row grouped by contribution amount
  • OSCELOT provided Silver Sponsorship logo for your site

Bronze Sponsorship
Donation level: $5k / year
  • Text mention on our OSCELOT 'Thank You' page with 'no follow' link at the lower section of page
  • Alphabetical placement in shared row, grouped by contribution amount
  • OSCELOT provided Bronze Sponsorship logo for your site