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10 Ways to Effectively Gain a Sponsorship

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Finding sponsors for a pageant can be very difficult and it constantly seems like you’re being told no.  We completely understand how frustrating it can be so here are ten ways to find pageant sponsors.  And remember, the best way to get anyone to sponsor you is to do something for them in return.  Don’t forget to thank all your new sponsors!

1. Talk to family and friends

Your family and friends want to see you succeed and will support your goals.  Even if they don’t have a lot to give, every little bit helps.  Ask around and take spare change if they’ve got it.

2. Send letters

Send letters to sponsors asking them to help you.  If possible, deliver letters in person while dressed professionally.  Not all businesses are near you, and some may ask you to send a letter to their corporate headquarters.  Include a headshot with the letter and a little information about you in the letter so they know who they’re sponsoring.

3. Public speaking

You could emcee an event for an organization or promote their product in public.  Spend time in the store sampling products and talking to people about their services.  If you’re a good public speaker, offer to exchange your speaking services for a sponsorship.

4. Provide entertainment

Pageant girls have talents, and you can perform yours for a business at a local event.  If it’s a restaurant, offer to provide live piano music one night or sing the national anthem at the opening of an event.  This is a chance to showcase and practice your talent as well as gain a sponsor.

5. Handing out business cards

Many businesses that cater to pageant girls would love it if every other girl from your pageant got their card.  Offer to take a stack and hand them out there or take some to school and give them to friends.  Figure out who they target to sell their product and offer to connect them with a wider range of that group in exchange for a sponsorship.  They probably won’t say no to more business.

6. Model

If you are constantly winning modeling or photogenic awards at pageants, offer to be a print or runway model for a store.  Many dress shops have programs that allow girls to get discounts on dresses if they participate in a modeling campaign so ask around and see if you can find one.  Photographers might want to use your headshots for promotional purposes, maybe you can work out a good deal.

7. Use the Internet

The Internet has several websites that allow people to look for sponsors for beauty pageants.  Some work better than others, but it’s worth a try.  Be careful not to post too much information about yourself on a public website.  On Facebook and Twitter, share a link or your letter to ask for donations from people you know.  You can email businesses or organizations to ask for sponsorships as well, just attach a PDF copy of your letter, a sponsorship form, and a headshot.

8. Tutor children

You have talents and intelligence that a lot of parents want for their kids.  Tutor younger students in your major, offer beginning instrument lessons, or teach high school students life skills for managing college.  Find elementary school students and give them tutoring in all subjects or just for a specific test.  Use the money you make to pay for a pageant.

9. Have a garage sale

If friends and family can’t donate money, maybe they have some interesting items that they’d be willing to donate to a garage sale.  Get some gently used, quality items together and have a garage sale.  You can keep the profits as a sponsorship.  You could also organize a clothing or beauty swap among friends and charge a few dollars to attend.  It’s a great way to recycle things you don’t wear or use and then everybody gets something from it.

10. Patronize businesses

One of the best pools of potential sponsors is businesses that you already patronize.  Maybe your favorite sushi spot wants to make a donation or the nail salon will give you a free manicure and pedicure for your pageant.  Ask places that you already patronize and mention that you’re a customer.  Most businesses set aside money specifically for sponsorships and they’re unlikely to turn down a paying customer.

Good luck out there and let’s hope you cover all your pageant expenses!

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17 thoughts on “10 Ways to Effectively Gain a Sponsorship

  1. how to do it. I need $1030

  2. I need sponsors! Where can I go? Please help me!!

    1. I have only till May 6th to turn in sponsorship money

    2. Hi Autumn, read these two articles and they will help you get started on the right foot: How to Secure a Pageant Sponsorship & How to Write a Sponsorship Letter

  3. Puerto Rican Parade Committee Looking For Resources for our Pageant for our contestants gowns ,suits thanks 773-697-4544

    1. Hello there,

      My name is LONA, Former Ms Sarasota Petite 2010 and Ms Hawaii Petite 2011. Currently I am the Crown, Sash and Sash PIN sponsor for first Annual Miss Fashion Week 2017.

      I came arcross this thread and I want to express my appreciation in finding an article on “HOW TO GAIN SPONSORSHIP”. I am now CEO and Founder of Sequoia Int LLC, an international corporation of the Sequoia Workshop Brands: Art’IN Hair, Spark’In Purpose (charitable / sponsorship / mentorship) If you are are a pageant Director / not individuals / program director looking In Kind Sponsorship … Please give me an email : as I also am currently motivating the Miss Fashion Week Runner ups for December Finale. I would like some professional help in this opportunity of Education IN kind of our Hair Extensions / custom crown / Jewlry Brands. I look forward in receiving your email Please look at (sorry we don’t have much money to spend on website) and fill out the contact form http://www.sequoiaworkshop.com
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      1. Hi Lona Biba,

        This is manasi mahadik and I stay in Mumbai-india. I am looking for a sponsorship to Participate in Mrs.Universal which is goning to happen in May 2017. Need your support. You can contact me on manasi.mahadik@gmail.com.


  4. Hi lam looking for a sponsor l want to do beauty therapy

  5. Hello Dear ! Im deaf ! Im name Sylvia ! I have important looking for a sponsor, Please write me chat number +359 884488737 or email: Silviachan@abv.bg

  6. Hello,my name is Oyebode Bolanle Lydia,I wish I could get someone to sponsor me in this beauty pageant thing,I have much interest in it and I have the quality it takes. Thanks.

  7. I agree with ur ideas, but its not easy bcos the present economy of the country makes most organization to skip that, I really need a sponsor now and the sale of the form will soon come to an end.

  8. I have just received great news that I’ve made it to the finalist in miss south africa cameroon 2016…the problem is that i don’t know where I’ll getthe money for everything I need for that day…please help u need a sponsor.

    1. Hi Nikho,

      Congrats on the nomination! Use the information above to and use the search feature on the site to discover more articles on how to get sponsorship money for your next pageant!

  9. Hi my name is crystal and my daughter is 3 this will be her first pageant and she is so excited for it. She keeps practicing her walk and smile that she learned from me I was doing pageants as well at the age of 12. She is a twin of Shirley Temple and I believe in my heart she will make it far. But with all the stuff she needs for more pageants is difficult do to I have 3 other children that are boys. I can’t afford her gowns and I would love to start getting sponsorships so she can keep going to more pageants to practice and get the gowns she wants. If you are able to give me advice I would really appreciate it thank you.

  10. Hi,

    I recently got a very good news. I have been selected as a semi finalist for Mr India America pageant. But to go to next level, I need to find a sponsor who can send money directly to event organizers. Can you please suggest some companies that I can contact and get them to sponsor me?

    I look forward to your reply.


    1. Hi Pranal,

      Congratulations on your success. In America the best places to go are banks (they are required to donate a certain percentage of their profits back to their communities), local gas stations, restaurants, friends, family and also insurance companies work great here too! Additionally, if you want to raise money in the non-traditional sense you can do fund raisers or throw events and make people pay an admissions. But, just be sure that they don’t pay you too much in cash thanks to the new law in India. Not sure if it applies to PayPal or not but definitely think about it before doing a fundraiser. All of our best!

  11. Hi my name is Kathryn Fitzgerald i am currently Miss Tioga and Miss Legacy New York and I need you to make my life long dream of being in Miss New York USA come true. I need to raise $5000 in total and in return your name or buisness name will be in the Miss New York USA program book as well as announced on live TV. I have a go fund me page at http://www.gofundme.com/KathrynFitzgerald.

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