2011 Summit Fundraising Toolkit
We encourage you to translate these templates and text and adapt them to be relevant to your own audience. If you have questions or need further support in your efforts, please contact allison[at]creativecommons.org
Who should you ask?
- Companies who find importance in your work and/or the work of Creative Commons, or companies who have supported your projects before.
- Local charitable organizations who provide funding for conferences or international initiatives.
- Important: If you plan to approach any foundations or companies, please let us know so we can coordinate efforts and minimize multiple requests coming from different people.
How can you ask them?
A personalized email, phone call, or in-person meeting all work well. You can also make an appeal for support by tweeting or posting on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other sites.
The most important thing is that you are upfront with where their support will go, why it is important to Creative Commons, and most importantly, why it is important to you. Feel free to use the following email template and adapt or alter to make it more relevant for you.
[Rebecca is working on email template, will have it soon]
Donations to the summit can be made in the following ways:
1. Make an online donation using credit card, Google Checkout account, or PayPal account on the donate page.
2. Send a check, payable to Creative Commons, to:
444 Castro St. Suite 900
Mountain View, CA 94041
3. Send a wire transfer (recommended for donations USD500 or greater). For wire information, please contact allison[at]creativecommons.org
Other ways to support the Global Summit
- Online store - CC T-shirts, stickers, buttons, and lapel pins. The revenue from these items between now and September will go to support the Summit.
Global Summit info
Creative Commons 10 Years and Counting: Supporting an Open Future
Creative Commons Global Summit 2011 – Warsaw, Poland
Creative Commons (CC) leaders and expert affiliates from around the world will convene with key stakeholders for three days in September 2011. Together we will plan new open licensing initiatives and refine our strategic vision in response to exponential demand for open licensing policies and practices around the globe.
Significantly, 2011 also marks CC’s ten-year anniversary. In that time we have gone from an idea to having 500 million works worldwide available under a CC license.
Open is becoming the default for governments, educators, scientists, artists and many others. For the benefit of all who use and contribute to our shared commons, we must address persistent challenges including:
License interoperability and compatibility issues that impede sharing and remixing of information, data and other content, compromising the overall growth and future of the collective commons;
The stability of the increasingly important, but complex and difficult to protect public domain;
Educating those charged with implementing a mandate of “openness,” and supporting those responding to openness requirements. From foundation grant recipients to governments seeking to maximize reuse and utility of the materials they fund, education is critical for ensuring correct implementation that interoperability and the ability of the Commons to scale
Together with our affiliate experts and other stakeholders and stewards of the commons, CC will use the Global Summit to celebrate our collective successes and proactively address these significant challenges facing the commons. Key topics to be discussed include:
Supporting the growth of Open Educational Resources (OER);
Government adoption and public sector information;
Launching the CC 4.0 versioning process -- including conversation with key adopters and other license stewards; and
Increasing the capacity for Affiliate Teams to secure their own funding for work in their communities.
Poland will be hosting the EU Presidency for the second half of 2011 - at a time when the EU is intensifying work on issues related to free culture such as data licensing, open access to scientific research, and orphan works. This therefore represents an opportunity to involve European officials and help advance the cause of open licensing in the EU. This context will tie well into our discussion of government adoption and public sector information.
Warsaw is furthermore a rapidly developing city, with a rich post-war history, an interesting urban legacy of communism (with its specific architecture), and a quickly growing urban and grassroots culture. As such, it offers a creative and inspiring backdrop for the Global Summit.
4.0 License Versions
CC will launch its 4.0 versioning process in conversation with its legal affiliate network and other key stakeholders and license stewards. Among other issues, database rights and forging an international license usable around the world will lead the agenda.
Open Educational Resources
The growth in support for Open Educational Resources around the world has been phenomenal. We will explore how to facilitate even greater access to educational materials for learners in circumstances where free and open are the best, and sometimes only options.
Building Public Support
In addition to organizational discussions, we are planning a day of sessions open to the public to raise the visibility of CC and open licensing with general audiences and support the very active open culture groups in Poland. The public day will include performances by artists embracing open licensing and remixing.
Need for Support
Gathering the Creative Commons Affiliates, our international experts in open licensing, is the best way to share knowledge, adapt to new developments, and remain sensitive to the needs of a global community committed to openness. Our presence in Poland during its EU Presidency can also help amplify our message throughout the continent.
Allowing project leaders from wide-spread countries to meet face to face serves as a catalyst to collaborative projects across regions and on a global-scale. Many teams face similar roadblocks. Usually, at least one team has found a solution to a particular issue. Face to face meetings facilitate easy sharing of leaders’ concerns and the solutions applied in other locations. This is especially true for countries with strong language or cultural ties but who are long distances from each other, such as Latin America and Spain, Canada and France and Macau and Portugal.
It is also important that we mark our tenth anniversary with the global community that made it possible.