WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT US

Courtney

I really enjoyed the corporate partnerships workshop. I feel like it helped me cement a lot of what we are already doing and made me realise that we are on the right track.  But it also gave my some new ideas and ways to think about how we approach our partnerships.

Caroline

The breadth and depth of content covered in a day was awesome.  Abby was incredibly engaging and made the day highly enjoyable with a gift for appealing to fundraisers at all levels of experience.

Rochelle

Loved Abby’s enthusiastic, bubbly style and extensive knowledge.  She provided great real-life examples – and the ones that attendees also shared of their experience were inspiring! Thanks so much!

Lucy

Abby is a charismatic presenter who not only delivered ground-breaking and invaluable information regarding corporate partnerships in the charity sector, but did so in a way that allowed the listeners to engage and apply their knowledge to their own organisational constructs.  Abby created a comfortable and familiar learning environment where no question was wrong and every comment had value. Thank you so much!

Maggie

Abby is fantastic, so interesting, entertaining and knowledgeable! I highly recommend anybody in the partnerships space to attend one of her events if they get the opportunity.

Suzi

I loved Abby’s sense of humour – the content was also super relevant!

Jenilee

This workshop provided invaluable insight into the corporate partnerships minefield.  I can’t wait to strategise and get the process started!

Alison

Abby’s engagement, excellent delivery and down to earth manner made the workshop amazing.  Anyone working in partnerships should attend.

Debbie

Abby’s credibility and sense of humour made the day great, whilst offering excellent information.  I enjoyed the day and have left with an overload of ideas! Thank you.

Nikki

I just loved everything, but I have to acknowledge Abby’s fantastic, positive attitude to embrace the corporate as well as the charity and how open she was to hear examples from corporate as well.  This workshop was incredibly informative and enjoyable.  Her ability to help both charities and corporates made the day extremely valuable for both.  I would recommend this workshop to anyone who seeks or grants sponsorship.

Mildie

Abby’s energy makes her a delight to learn from.  It also helps that she really knows her stuff.  She is great at reading the audience and tailoring examples and content accordingly.

Tessa

A very lively and engaging day.  Good participation and relevant examples from Abby and the group.

Liam

To the point, practical and tangible advice which will help me both create a top level strategy and explore existing relationships.

Kate

A really interesting day, thought-provoking and insightful day.  This new knowledge has made me question whether the way we are currently approaching potential partners is the most effective way.  And are we using the most effective language to convey what we can offer or the solution we can provide?  Abby was relatable, engaging, had great presence and help everyone’s interest.

Lara

An incredibly insightful, fun and relevant day.  Abby is knowledgeable and enthusiastic.  An excellent workshop for anyone in fundraising who wants to learn more about corporate sponsorships.

Mandy

Abby is a polished presenter with extensive knowledge of business/NGO relationships.  She is clear and vibrant and happily answered questions and heard opinions.

Natasha

Fantastic, high energy and highly knowledgeable presenter.  I will definitely use the statistics, tools and ideas in my future collaborations. Thank you Abby!

Christopher

It was great to see some fresh approaches to old problems.

Christina

I now have a much better idea of the potential for my organisation to invest in corporate partnerships! I loved Abby’s stories and anecdotes that illustrated the theory, and so many great steps and templates!

Chris

Abby really knows her stuff, but more importantly she can ‘dumb it down’ and deliver it in an accessible way.  Just brilliant!

Jon

I really enjoyed the opportunity to hear this course delivered in an enthusiastic and engaging way and being able to share the day with different people, all of whom bought value adds.

Amanda

Abby provided lots of practical advice and guidance for navigating the complex world of corporate partnerships.  Thanks for such an on point and practical day.

Vivienne

Abby presented a fabulous workshop with great tools for me to be able to tackle sponsorship.  Abby was engaging and kept my interest all day.  I feel empowered and keen to attend another workshop at the next level!

Jess

I was especially interested in takeaways to share with my Board. But there was so much other good information too!

Eve

Abby was a really bubbly presenter and kept my attention all day.  I found breaking down the steps really useful – particularly to feedback to the Board.  It has made me feel a bit bolder and more empowered about going into negotiations.

Josephine

Abby is brilliantly knowledgeable on the topic of corporate partnerships. Even if you are already familiar with working with corporate partners, she breaks it down in a way that makes sense and can be easily applied to evaluate and improve your own fundraising efforts.

Sharon

I loved everything about this workshop! I learned so much about sponsorship.

Resch

Fabulous presentation! Abby was very informative and enthusiastic and we covered a great range of topics.

 

Gail RotherhamTim Bray Theatre Productions

I couldn’t recommend Infinity Sponsorship highly enough. Abby, through her various courses in the Fundraising Academy literally takes you on a step by step journey to secure corporate partnerships. Templates and examples are provided to apply to your own organisation. Dive in!

 

Susan O’ReillyRaise Foundation

Couldn't recommend the Fundraising Academy more highly.  I came from corporate roles into NFP and wanted a framework, strategy and a real understanding of conversations with potential partners about the value we would add to a partnership.  Abby helped with this and so much more - I'm more organised in my approach, more efficient and confident about the 'right' partnerships to approach.  My understanding of the diverse range of fundraising opportunities, research backing up 'why' and creating the right network has improved amongst other benefits.  Hey and Abby is always impressively committed to being generous with her time and talent beyond my expectation!

 

Danie McNeil

I have completed Abby's course and found it fantastic in many ways. It helped improve my knowledge, understanding and confidence to head into a sponsorship partnership. It reinforced my beliefs and approaches but also validated it with my Board and helped change their thinking. You complete the course fully equipped with templates and resources, which is amazing as I know I wouldn't have the time to start them from scratch or be efficient in their creation. Also, the community that is created through Abby's course, coaching calls and groups enables you to have a powerhouse behind you to troubleshoot, create ideas and opportunities. I have also met some amazing people who are achieving such incredible goals and outcomes for the community. At times you can feel a little isolated if you are in a small for purpose org - but you aren't with Abby and everyone else around you! Highly recommend the course.

Ellie WebbCountry Hope

I would recommend Abby and the Fundraising Academy very highly.  So worthwhile! Abby really knows her stuff and she makes it look and feel easy.

Kerry SimmonsCommunity Centres SA

If you are at the start of your sponsorship/corporate partnerships journey, Abby’s Fundraising Academy course is for you.  The practical steps, templates and resources are fantastic. It will build your confidence and give you clarity around your purpose.

 

Jodi

It was so powerful to spend time with a bunch of awesome people doing great work.  I learnt so much and was heartened by everyone’s story.  Thank you Abby for being such a masterful facilitator, coach and ball of positivity.  You are a super star.

Joy

Abby is an excellent, knowledgeable and energetic presenter.  She made a day away from the office very worthwhile.  I gained a lot.

Chris

I enjoyed having my own experience and what I’ve learned on the job being related back to me.  Sometimes we don’t know what we don’t know and it’s good to be reassured that we’re on the right track.

Sally-Anne

I loved the enormous support and simple tricks and tips to help!  I really feel empowered to attack new procedures and programs.

Jodie

The whole day was engaging and energised.  Abby is a knowledgeable and gifted presenter.  Her insight and care is amazing – the tools are wonderful, well set out and a roadmap for any budding fundraiser/partnerships person.

Jim

Abby is a great presenter and facilitator and uses real life examples to get her point across.  She got the room involved in the session and was generous with her knowledge.

Natalie

A well presented workshop that’s flexible and relates well to wherever you may be on your corporate partnerships journey. The range of feedback I received during the masterclass has been exceptional.  Totally worthwhile.

Jenny

Abby made the sponsorships and corporate partnerships space very easy to understand! Thanks for being so friendly and warm.

Gen

Abby’s 16 step process is an excellent process to follow when approaching corporate partnerships.

Josh

I’m so very new to this space, so all the content was useful.  I really enjoyed the masterclass with the individualised focus!

Brenton

Your workshop provided rich detail and narrative.  It has helped me with my transition of skills into the charity sector.

Tracey

A fabulous eye-opener to the complexity of the sponsorship, fundraising and donation world – looking forward to continuing my learning during the year with the Fundraising Academy course.

Jess

The training was inspiring! I feel empowered and inspired by today’s session.  It was so engaging.  Thank you Abby!

Eilish

Abby’s enthusiasm was great.  I enjoyed being able to identify the gaps in my organisation’s corporate partnerships processes.

 

Nancy

Abby is very experienced and her passion carries through her day-long presentations, making the content lively and relevant.  It was great to have so many opportunities to ask questions and get feedback.

Jacinta

Thanks so much Abby – you are just wonderful to listen to and learn from. I loved learning all the different ways to approach sponsorships and partnerships.

Kirilea

The day went so quickly because it was all so interesting and relevant!

Alessandra

Three words – relevant, fun and engaging! I wish it was an hour longer so we could have learned even more!

Fiona

Abby is a fabulous coach with practical advice to build your skills, no matter where you are in establishing your corporate partnership strategy and program.  She is a wonderful presenter – ready with a story of her own experiences (both good and not-so-good) to keep it real.  It’s refreshing to such an open and honest exchange of ideas.  Very grateful.

Katherine

Great masterclass.  It was good to have the opportunity to workshop real challenges with Abby and learn from the range of experience in the room.  I’m glad our group had time to deep dive into each case study in detail.  I found this really meaningful and encourage future groups to do the same.  I really valued Abby’s energy and her confident and personal facilitation style.  She really leveraged the diversity of experience in the room to encourage everyone to learn from each other, not to mention Abby’s own extensive experience.

Stephanie

I enjoyed the opportunity to refine my own processes as well as learn useful tips on how to approach corporate partners. Loved the SWOTA analysis and talking through my own challenges was really helpful.

Emma

Thank you SO much for all of your advice and tips! The feedback from yourself and everyone else has been beyond valuable and has given me so much confidence to continue in my new role.

Mandy

The corporate partnerships workshop facilitated by Abby was a win-win. New learnings in terms of current research, but also affirmation of what we are currently experiencing with our partners.  Thank you Abby, for such a worthwhile day!

Fiona

This workshop was a relaxed and comfortable environment that really provided clarity around corporate partnerships.

Ashley

Abby’s openness and kindness really struck me.  She shared great examples and stories.  I truly found this workshop so helpful in teaching me everything! It is a great start – especially to a new employee within partnerships!

Virginia

A great day – loads of helpful information that was both interestingly and clearly presented.  I left feeling that I had a far better handle on this topic that if I’d relied on my own research.

Lucinda

Abby’s energy, engagement and knowledge made the workshop enjoyable. Understanding how brands make decisions was invaluable.

Jan

The ‘brand’s secret mental checklist’ was hugely useful!

Alan

It was particularly helpful to fill in the blanks and have space to write down my thoughts and Abby’s anecdotes in the workbook. It was also great to hear the points of views of other For-Purpose organisations.  Abby’s knowledge of the corporate partnerships landscape is invaluable.

Naomi

It was so interactive with good discussion with other participants.

Betsy

I loved the format of the workshop and Abby’s ability to put everyone at ease.

Jenny

Abby is engaging and knowledgeable.  The information presented suits a range of organisation and positions.  Thanks for your knowledge and sharing.

Bec

It was all fantastic! Loved hearing other peoples’ real-life examples and experiences, challenges and ideas.

Kim

This was a well-developed workshop and was great to listen to peers experience in a structured environment.

Jonathan

Abby brought a good energy to the workshop – and the content covered will help me look for the right person and structure a fresh approach for our organisation.

Katie

Highly interactive with great opportunities to network!

Sofi

I enjoyed opening my mind to new methods of corporate partnering. I enjoyed feeling supported and professionally nourished in this environment.

Brian

An excellent overview and introduction to corporate partnerships.  It was great that Abby created space to share knowledge amongst the group.

Helen

What I loved most was the tools to educate my internal stakeholders on the realities of partnerships.

Rebecca

There was lots of content and a good mix between theory and practical – thank you!

Ettienne

Abby shared great stories that demonstrated the theory behind what she was teaching.

Ashleigh

There was such a large volume of information that we covered! And I love that we didn’t just scrape the surface – we dug deep into corporate partnerships.

Naomi

There were so many things that I loved about this workshop! The exchanging of ideas within the group and the real life examples by Abby of her past experiences. She created such a comfortable learning space and was welcoming of all levels of experiences.  Thanks for the friendly banter and humour!

Helen

Abby was extremely engaging and informative on the topic of corporate partnerships!

Tamara

Abby brought expert knowledge, insight and solid examples to break down a huge topic in a short period of time.  Abby made a hard topic fun and easy to digest.  Thank you.

Susan

Your authenticity was lovely and your energy infectious.  It was great to get a solid overview of corporate sponsorship and the latest research and industry trends.

Claire

Abby has a gift for keeping everyone’s attention right here, right now.  I found the day so practical, you gave me so much stuff to take away and implement.

Susan

Just loved the brainstorming and interaction throughout the day.  You really understood our personal needs and affirmed that no matter what stage we’re at, it’s never too late to gain these skills.

Nicole

I just loved meeting other like-minded people going through similar challenges as me.  The icebreaker exercise was great! There was so much context given throughout the day, and it was so good to understand all the research, stats and changes.  Thank you for a great day.

Anne DawsonAccess Radio Taranaki

I can totally recommend Abby as a speaker and resource. She is knowledgeable and entertaining. Probably the most valuable training session I've taken part in, in more than 5 years.

Olena WilliamsTaranaki Multi Ethnic Council

Great session. Very relevant and current.

Billie SimpsonHorse Empowerment, Equine Assisted Therapy

As a 'beginner' to the business world and as a social worker, I initially didn't know if the content would be relatable to me, however I have been pleasantly surprised. Thank you for making a difficult subject for me so relatable and digestible.

Hayley OlliverOtaraua Hapu

Excellent, animated speaker who was relaxed and passionate about sponsorships. The content resonated with me as it validated alot of what we already do.

Maia BaileyOtaraua Hapu

Abby's workshop changed my perspective on how traditional charity sponsorship models were and how they are today. A very effective and in depth talk on strategic approaches to partnerships. I thoroughly enjoyed this training.

Katja EagerTaranaki Gifted Community Trust

Thank you Abby, I feel you gave me permission to stop begging! What a fantastic workshop, I feel I learned so much and you shifted my approach to corporate fundraising in a massive way!

Michelle BentAccess Radio Taranaki

Abby' is an energetic, passionate and knowledgeable presenter who connected with her audience. The content of the days' workshop was highly relevant and inspiring. I would absolutely recommend her teachings.

Arun ChaudhariTaranaki Chamber of Commerce

An exceptional engager of people. Very knowledgeable about her subject, funny and very down-to-earth.

Hannah KellySport Taranaki

Abby is an energetic, refreshing speaker that offers quality and realistic support and a completely fresh approach to sponsorship. I left feeling motivated and positive about the prospect of future sponsorship plans.

Nicole AttrillTaranaki Air Ambulance Trust

Abby's workshop was very timely with helpful information, as we are just now setting up sponsorships. She is a passionate and inspiring speaker who is easy to listen to and learn from.

Yvonne KellySPCA NZ

Abby's workshop followed a clearly defined step-by-step strategy which was easy to understand and supported by useful templates.

Michelle DenizeLaura Fergusson Rehabilitation

I went to Abby's workshop and texted my CEO within the first hour to thank her for sending me - my brain is buzzing! I enjoyed a wonderfully dynamic presenter taking the whole room on a process-focussed day of engaging and retaining corporate sponsorship.

Caroline Perry Brake

A really useful workshop with a clear, logical process for looking at sponsorship. Thank you!

Colin MacLeodDementia Auckland

It is so pleasing to discover that charities can be sold as a B2B proposition. It is time for charities to get real about B2B income generation and using Abby's information and resources is how to do it. The quality of her content and sharing of personal insight was fantastic.

Georgina BarfootOrmiston College

Abby Clemence visited my Year 11 Business Management class for an interactive session on 3rd Sector organisations. The focus was on Not for Profit organisations, extending from their quantity and structure to the increasing prevalence of partnerships with commercial organisations. Abby pitched the presentation at exactly the right level for the students. She was extremely well-resourced and accompanied her presentation with appealing visuals.  Abby’s knowledge and passion were engaging. There is no doubt that the students really enjoyed her presentation.

“Having Abby come in and share her extensive knowledge on Third Sector Organisations has really expanded my vision on Not for Profit structures, how they interact with other sectors of the economy and how they create different opportunities to fund their cause.”         Ethan Year 11

D Scott

I am currently assisting a small NFP to gain sponsorship and support. Despite having done this type of work previously, as you mention, I'm also finding the biggest impediment to the challenge is in fact the organisations themselves. They are not sponsorship ready, have never been successful in gaining sponsorship and expect immediate results.
Regardless of this I've set about the task along similar lines to your pathway to best practice sponsorship and I found your approach, sensible, practical, well documented and following proven methodology. I'm pleased that I was already pretty well aligned to it, but importantly it provides a firm basis for vital feedback to the organisation and some positive reinforcement to myself. Thank you.

N HalpinNew Zealand

I came across your checklist and website via a Google search looking for sponsorship advice and templates which took me to a podcast you did about great ways to put together a sponsorship proposal. Your podcast was awesome! I listened to it twice, taking lots of notes and it gave me a lot of confidence that despite being inexperienced, I could do this. Plus it really helped me critically assess the value of what we were offering (I discovered I was pitching too low!) The great news is, my proposal goes in next week (to an already interested sponsor) and if I get it across the line it will all be down to that podcast, your checklist and a few other things that I have picked up along the way. By the way, your sponsorship checklist was very helpful - I haven't sourced much useful information anywhere else. Thank you!

Wendy StokesSenior Vision Partner Manager

The course was put together very well and easy to follow. The downloadable resources will be useful in the future and a good conversation starter with other team members. The message of getting the ‘Board members’ on the same page as you before you start going too far down the track of sponsorship came through loud and clear. Thanks for a great course.

Nighat ShahPresident - Alzohra Welfare Association

I feel privileged and happy to have completed the Sponsorship Foundations program. It was a wonderful experience and most helpful as, securing any sponsorship is extremely valuable for a non profit organization like us.

CHANGE OF MINDSET
I am convinced that a charity has to work like a business to be successful and sustainable and it has to work at getting and securing sponsorships and not keep on waiting for handouts or charity.

WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT
The whole online course is set out in a very friendly manner, it's actually more like a discussion, yet at the same time very informative and educational. It made us realize which avenues we can approach to target sponsors who would be willing to support us.

INTRODUCTORY VIDEO
The very first video 'How To Get The Most Out Of The Sponsorship Foundations Program' is very powerful as it truly defines all that can be achieved and how it can be achieved successfully through the course. It deals with handling problems faced while doing the course in the most practical and successful manner.

NEW SPONSORS
Most of our supporters are the underprivileged of our society. We always thought we could not target any sponsors as we could not offer them any potential “clients” but thanks to this program we have realised that in Pakistan, mobile telephone companies are targeting the low income demographic and we can approach them for sponsorship.
The course material, online seminars, videos and templates all are extremely helpful. I loved all the online seminars the most. The templates make our work so easy and they can be easily modified according to individual need.
This program was very good value for money and I would recommend it to anyone who needs some help looking at their organisation from a 'sponsorship' perspective.

Angela PhillipsCorporate Partnerships Manager - Variety QLD

The Sponsorship Foundations Program is unlike anything I have ever seen - very well designed, thorough and is an incredibly worthy learning tool! It provides you with the step-by-step framework you need to find the right corporate partners to invest in your organisation. Each of the 16 lessons are very informative and educational, providing many ‘Ah Ha’ moments, and was the perfect blend of theoretical and practical knowledge. I have learned a lot from the course and I am absolutely sure that I can apply everything I have learned in the real world to be a more effective and efficient sponsorship-seeker for the Not-For-Profit that I am dedicated to.

Abby is a fabulous teacher and is very knowledgeable and experienced on the whole process, providing many real-life anecdotes that I could relate to.

The examples and templates that Abby has included in each lesson of the Sponsorship Foundations program are extremely beneficial - it was such a relief not to have to try and create them all myself! I look forward to adapting them to my organisation and implementing them ASAP.

The Sponsorship Foundations program is such a thorough course that has enabled me, as the sponsorship-seeker, to learn at my own pace, have access to support when I need it, and keep the tools that I will continue to use and build upon as I further my career in sponsorship.

I look forward to being wildly successful in the whole corporate sponsorship process. What a great online training program!

Viv CampbellBatesmans Bay NSW

Have just completed Sponsorship Foundations Program. What an amazing experience. So many ideas with practical help and templates to take to my committee and help us get real sponsorship seeking underway. We are just a small group but can see that for us this may increase our ability to put more back into the community. Seeing creating partnerships with sponsors as beneficial to both parties rather than a handout for us is a big mindshift for me. Feel that any sponsors we attract will get more out of this too. Thanks for the inspiration and practical help in equal measure.

Robyn TaneSt John National Headquarters

‘I attended Abbey Clemence’s Sponsorship Master Class and was very impressed with Abbey’s engaging approach and overall content, drawing on her successes in developing sponsorships with well-known brands.  I would definitely recommend attending Abbey’s Master Classes to learn how to  develop engaging and lasting relationships with corporates.’

Clint DunstanPalmerston North City Council

Tasked with finding a new Stadium sponsor for our city's main stadium in 2015 I was very pleased to have attended one of Abby’s seminars at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand (FINZ) conference.
Up until then our sponsorship strategy was very loose and we were using the “hope for the best” mentality. After listening to Abby’s presentations and downloading some of her resources on the Infinity Sponsorship website, things changed drastically...
Abby’s talk on the best practice pathway to sponsorship success and her insights into readiness, timing and planning lead me to completely redesign our approach to sponsorship within our organisation. After applying the step by step Plan-Find-Connect-Keep principles learned from Abby we were able to close a new sponsor within months of hearing her speak.
A $2.2 million dollar, 10 year deal was reached with the Central Energy Trust for a partnership arrangement with our stadium that will assist our Council to continue to upgrade the facilities over the next 10 years.
We have also closed significant sponsorship partners for the Wildbase Recovery in Palmerston North. This facility, once built will rehabilitate New Zealand’s rarest and most endangers native birds.

 

MiriamFINZ Conference - New Zealand

It was great to attend your workshop last week, I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it, one of the best sessions of the conference for me I have to say!

LisaStarjam - New Zealand

It was great to attend your workshop last week, I really enjoyed it and got a lot out of it, one of the best sessions of the conference for me I have to say!

LindaMelanoma Institute - New Zealand

Many thanks for your dynamic presentation last week, which I thoroughly enjoyed and took a lot away from it!

EricaYouthline Aucland Charitable Trust - New Zealand

It was really fantastic and inspirational to meet you at the FINZ Conference and your seminars were great! I couldn't have asked for more perfect timing - starting a new job and needing the knowledge and training you provided!

MattFEBC - New Zealand

Thanks so much for your free e-books on sponsorship. I really appreciate them both. Your classes at the Fundraising Institute of New Zealand conference were excellent and your dynamism is inspiring.

ShannonThe Malaghan Institute - New Zealand

I feel now like I have a great idea on how to best move forward with potential sponsors. Abby's use of real life stories made it very engaging.

SarahScouts - New Zealand

Great workshop - loved it! Very useful information and so practical! I have a potential sponsor meeting tomorrow and feel more confident about it already!

DaveSt John - Northern Region - New Zealand

Excellent workshop. Engaging presenter. Great information.

RobynSt John - New Zealand

Great to be here away from the job and refresh my knowledge and also remember how far I have come. Abby has great knowledge and expertise.

JulieTe Omanga Hospice - New Zealand

Great session. I was fully engaged for 3.5 hours. Excellent presentation style and genuine. Abby was prepared to share her knowledge openly and generously.

Janine EwanCEO - Dove House Clinical Services

I have been in the NFP sector for just over 20 years now – and over that period have worn many different hats in an evolving organisation. A common story!
Over this time I have listened to countless presentations on a variety of subjects with equally varying benefit. However today – your whole presentation was fabulous and has left me feeling re-awakened and re-inspired. I am sure you have also motivated many who are new to this – and the ‘practical pearls’ you shared, like not needing to be a particular personality type or have special skills to be successful but rather to use the tools you offer, be organised and practice! I loved that you emphasised relationship and authenticity and backed it up with examples of what that looks like.
You are a great example of when we truly believe in what we do it motivates others to want to be a part of it!
I believe NFP Boards would realise a wonderful investment in both their people and the health of the organisation they govern, by offering this opportunity of learning and support.

Andrea DeanYoung Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship

I’ve done online courses before but I have never experienced anything like the quality and focus of the Sponsorship University. I’m a real beginner with sponsorship and I feel like my capacity and understanding has been transformed as a result of completing the Sponsorship Foundations Program.
The Sponsorship University is grounded in the reality of the not for profit sector. It takes a big picture view of the issues around developing sponsorship partnerships and then takes the learner through the practical steps of understanding and developing the materials. I can’t believe the quality of the templates which take so much work out of the process and have given me new confidence with how to approach sponsorship.
Abby’s thorough knowledge and clear presentations are reinforced by real examples. Her natural energy and commitment to the not for profit sector come through in every session and buoyed me up whenever I felt like the sessions would be a drag! I loved the fact that I could whizz through a couple of sessions in a block or take it slowly and develop all my tailored materials along the way. I feel so empowered about the process of sponsorship partnerships and I am able to communicate confidently within and beyond my organisation about the way forward. Already positive partnerships are developing and the whole organisation is taking a more sustainable approach to sponsorship. I can’t thank you enough for taking the weight off my shoulders and giving me the impetus and tools to move forward.

Phyllis PicconeKimberly-Clark Australia

Kimberly-Clark Australia, and the HUGGIES® Brand have long been supporters of the Australian College of Midwives. It wasn’t however until Abby Clemence moved into the position of Business Development Director that our strategic involvement and public profile within the College took on new meaning. Knowing that Abby was our key point of contact during every step of the process made it easier for us to become involved. Her clear communication style and genuine desire to foster a mutually beneficial relationship with potential sponsors makes her the ideal sponsorship professional. She intuitively understands the need of corporate organisations and uses this knowledge in a positive way to make sound decisions on commercial value as well as corporate social responsibility. Abby was able to leverage excellent value for us from our investment with the College. I look forward to working with her on future mutually beneficial projects.

Chris EmeryLung Foundation Australia

Infinity Sponsorship has been working with the Lung Foundation Australia in a sponsorship brokerage capacity since early 2012 and has introduced our organisation to the concept of corporate annual partnerships. Abby’s work has provided us with a valuable opportunity to partner with a number of corporate organisations, growing our sponsorship funds and diversifying our income channels. Abby’s ability to develop relationships and rapport with potential corporate sponsors is impressive and I would recommend her to any organisation that may wish to link in with corporate partners to further expand the reach of their organisation.

Nello MarinoSports Medicine Australia

Sports Medicine Australia has been working with Abby Clemence and Infinity Sponsorship since March 2012. Abby has been instrumental in managing the recruitment of new sponsorships on behalf of Sports Medicine Australia. Over this period Sports Medicine Australia has been successful in establishing new and diverse partnerships and has been introduced to numerous potential partnership options. Abby and her team are wonderful to work with. She has gone to great lengths to gain an extensive understanding of the requirements of Sports Medicine Australia and to matching those requirements to potential partners. Abby takes a very systematic, methodical and co-ordinated approach to partnership recruitment and has demonstrated the importance of the specialised skills and strategies required to attract and recruit partners.

I have no hesitation in recommending Abby Clemence and Infinity Sponsorship in the recognition, recruitment and management of partnerships.

Trevor RawnsleyAustralian Resident Accommodation Manager's Association

As the peak body for the Management Rights Industry in Australia, in 2011 the Australian Resident Accommodation Manager’s Association (ARAMA) decided to embark upon a corporate partnership implementation strategy to engage partners that would invest much-needed funds into our Not-For-Profit organisation that would create value for our members through increased member services and professional development opportunities.

In March 2012, ARAMA engaged the services of Infinity Sponsorship to secure corporate annual partners. In less than 6 months, Infinity Sponsorship secured partnerships into the future to the value of approx $350,000. We have engaged Infinity Sponsorship for a two year period and are very excited about the partnership opportunities that lie ahead of us.

These funds are valuable to ARAMA in helping us to become a more sustainable organisation by diversifying our income streams and becoming less dependent on membership subscriptions, allowing us to build capacity in our resources and staff. However, the real gift to ARAMA has been working so closely with the Infinity Sponsorship team and the education we are receiving about our organisation and how it is perceived by potential corporate partners. This knowledge along with the templates and resources that are provided to ARAMA as part of working with Abby and the team, mean that we will continue to become increasingly more abundant as the years go by, long after her good work has been completed for us.

I would highly recommend Infinity Sponsorship if you are an organisation looking to become more sustainable and build capacity into the future. Abby and her team can help you get there!

Kali WoodwardLead Organizer - TEDx Phoenixville

On behalf of our sponsorship team at TEDxPhoenixville (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania's largest and longest running TEDx event) we would like to personally thank you for providing our team an AMAZING roadmap to sponsorship success this year!
Your ebooks on sponsorship development and planning helped us create a winning strategy for partnering with reputable companies in our area. Your insights and step by step formulas were invaluable to our organization and our fundraising efforts this year, especially as they helped us to re-envision our sponsorship opportunities as mutual partnering relationships equally benefitting TEDxPhoenixville and our circle of corporate partners.
I can say that, thanks to your guidance, many of our team members were able to discard prior misconceptions about sponsorship being an act of charity and view our current and future sponsorship opportunities in a new light. It is SO much more empowering to approach sponsorship partners from a position of self confidence and self assuredness, knowing WHAT we have to offer in the relationship, knowing the real VALUE of our audience, knowing how to respect the special RELATIONSHIP we have with our fan base and knowing how to introduce sponsors to that fan base as you would introduce a new friend to a close knit family.
Thank you for sharing your insights on preparation, planning, acquiring and maintaining sponsorship relationships. You've definitely cut through the clutter and made this process much easier for both the novice and the experienced among us. We're looking forward to another successful year. Wishing you all the best

Laurentia KurniawanEvents Manager - Inala

The sponsorship workshops run by Infinity sponsorship provided a great insight into the world of sponsorship. Abby clearly has a great wealth of knowledge and experience when it comes to sponsorship. She helped us think outside the box and identify potential opportunities for our organisation. She was happy to share real life experiences which helps us relate to the examples and hopefully avoid some of the difficulties/ mistakes she came across. It was great to be able to share stories with other not for profit organisations, despite all being very different, there were definitely lessons to be learnt from all. This workshop provided practical tips and examples to equip our organisation for future sponsorship endeavours.

Gillian LeachCEO - Australian Association of Practice Managers

Thank you for the wonderful workshop on Successful Sponsorship Meetings. I found it relevant and directly applicable to acquiring sponsorship for my organisation. The examples and the scripts discussed, as well as the pitfalls to watch out for were very useful. In fact, I was able to put much of it into practice the next day when I met with a potential new sponsor. Thank you again.

Chelsea AylingMember of Relations & Communications Officer - Victorian Local Governance Association

The one-day Ideal Sponsorship workshop with Abby was extremely valuable. It gave me the chance to workshop ideas with other people in the not-for-profit sector who understood the challenges NFPs face and Abby had a wide variety of impressive case studies which helped provide perspective and a stronger understanding of how to approach asking for sponsorship. I wish I could have stayed for the second day! Thanks to this workshop we are overhauling our sponsorship proposal and approach. We have a much clearer understanding of how to go about asking for sponsorship and are far more positive about what we can as a NFP organisation. I highly recommend investing in one of Abby’s workshops or courses.

Phillippe CahillAccount Manager, Sponsorship and Promotions - Joy 94.9 FM

Abby is a personable and engaging presenter with a depth of knowledge and experience. Her workshops provide great practical advice with real world application.

Karyl McGlinnVice President - Reflexology Association of Australia

Abby is an inspirational and refreshing speaker. She explains the sponsorship process in simple terms and breaks down the process into easy to follow steps. I look forward to taking this further! Thank you for your time and energy.

Alanna HindsDirector - Hindsight Marketing

The Infinity Sponsorship workshop was a really worthwhile investment for my business and provided me with great sponsorship tools for the future!

Andrea DeanYoung Women's Interfaith Fellowship

Abby is a fantastic communicator. She is enthusiastic about empowering participants so that they can obtain purposeful and sustainable sponsorship. In the workshop Abby is responsive to the concerns and issues particular to each representative organisation so that everyone goes away happy.

Melissa GardinerCEO - The ACT Eden Monaro Cancer Support Group

I just wanted to say “Thank You”- your workshop was probably the best I have ever attended. Usually when I attend these workshops I am the shy one that sits up the back, listens, takes things in but never participates. Right from the moment I walked in, you made me feel comfortable enough to ask the question that I would like to ask, but never could. I liked the small numbers in the workshops and that you made it easy to understand the content. Until I attended your sponsorship workshops I didn’t understand the idea of a “partnership” with our sponsors - I have always held out the bucket saying “please sir, give me money because we are a charity.” I realise now that we have to look at restructuring the way we do business with our sponsors!

Tina TurnerMembership Services Officer - ARAMA

Abby is a delight to learn from. She is clearly passionate about corporate sponsorship and being able to support the Not for Profit sector. She has a great level of knowledge and willingly shares it to ensure a sound level of understanding by discussing issues in different environments and by giving great real-life examples.

Cathie RobertsRegional Services Manager - Basketball QLD

Very informative, great real-life examples.

Heath MillerGeneral Manager - Rockhampton Basketball

A very worthwhile workshop - I would recommend Abby’s course to anyone looking to up skill or refresh their sponsorship approach.

Leanne BrownAccounts Coordinator - Reflexology Association of Australia

Abby’s buoyant and passionate approach to the sponsorship topic kept me focussed and instilled a desire to more skilfully approach prospective partners. Thank you.

Marzena ClarkeAssociation Services Manager - Basketball Queensland

Thank you for your fantastic workshop and your infinite energy to deliver it. Not everyone would have enough energy, enthusiasm and persistence to do what you do. You are amazing. You have shown us the way to not only secure sponsorships, but also how to take care of ourselves, when rejected in the process…

Barb VernonCEO - Australian College of Midwives

‘Abby worked with us for 3 years. She is an enthusiastic and naturally gifted communicator. Like all not for profits, we needed more resources to support the development of new member services and increased advocacy for members. Abby was proactive in approaching potential sponsors about establishing partnership with us. She was mindful at all times of our organisation’s sponsorship policy and consulted me and the Board effectively at all stages of a sponsorship arrangement. She is particularly talented in finding win/win opportunities for companies to contribute much needed financial resources to a hard-working and passionate not-for-profit like ours. Her efforts resulted in several hundred thousand dollars of additional resources to the organisation each year. I’m delighted to see Abby move into specialising in this role through her own consultancy, so that other not-for-profits may benefit from her talent.’