La Salle launches new sponsorship program

La Salle has launched a new business sponsorship program that enables Falcon fans to support the school year-round by giving just once a year.

By donating annually via the Annual Business Sponsor program, sponsors can help make La Salle affordable to more families, support events that build the La Salle community, and maintain and improve the Falcons’ more than 50-year-old Milwaukie campus.

How it works: Donors become Annual Business Sponsors by committing to one of three levels: $2,500 (Scarlet), $5,000 (Royal), or $10,000 (Gold) a year.

 In return, each sponsor gets its name in La Salle’s print publications, as well as on the school’s digital channels and school lobby signs. The sponsor also is acknowledged at events, school performances, and fundraisers that draw thousands every year.

 In addition, those who sign on as Annual Business Sponsors get tickets or reserved tables at several of La Salle’s major events, such as the Believe Benefit Dinner, Yulefest & Wine Tasting, Steak & Seafood, and Alumni Golf Tournament. Donors also may qualify for tax benefits.

“If you would like to attend La Salle's main events and support the school at the same time, this program is for you,” said Michelle Crimmins, La Salle’s Director of Alumni Giving.

Antoinette and Dave Chalmers, the parents of two students, decided that the new program was a good fit for them and signed on as one of the school's first Annual Business Sponsors. They described the program as “a great opportunity” for their family and business, Bridgetown Trucking.

“As owners of a local Portland business and the parents of two current La Salle students, this was a great opportunity for us to participate not only with our time but to be able to assist the school by sponsoring events throughout the year,” said Antoinette.  

Julie Dowhaniuk, Director of Giving and Donor Relations, said the ABS program was created to strengthen each donor's relationship with the school. Rather than giving several times a year, sponsors will give just once, knowing their one-time investment will underwrite a host of programs, activities, and experiences that benefit every one of La Salle’s 700 students.

“The business sponsorship allows the school to receive a financial donation and put the funds towards specific needs at all of the large fundraising events,” said Antoinette. “It’s great to walk by a sampling table at Yulefest and see that your company donation helped sponsor the tasting!” 

“We are happy to support La Salle and hope that other companies will look to this program as another way to give.”

By providing the school with stable funding, Annual Business Sponsors are helping La Salle budget for each year, said Dowhaniuk.

“Through this program,” she said, “sponsors can help keep La Salle strong and vibrant.”

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