Groups or individuals may seek endorsement, co-sponsorship, or co-organizing from SFPIRG. Endorsement means that the SFPIRG will announce its support of a group or an event (usually via social media), but does not involve a financial or time commitment. Co-sponsorship involves endorsement, as well as a resource commitment from SFPIRG toward an event or coalition that we are involved with. Co-organizing involves endorsement and a resource commitment, as well as a more extensive time commitment from volunteers, Board members, and/or staff. For more information on these levels of endorsement, see below!
SFPIRG is committed to endorsing educational and awareness-raising events, campaigns or groups with aims and philosophies that coincide with those of SFPIRG’s mandate. SFPIRG will not endorse events that have the intent to initiate or engage participants in illegal activity. Groups or individuals seeking endorsement from SFPIRG (but not requesting further support) for an event should contact the Board of Directors or the staff collective. If the request for endorsement is successful, the group or individual has the right to formally announce SFPIRG’s support of the event or campaign on any publications.
SFPIRG is also committed to supporting event promotion for events related to social and environmental justice. We can share events on our social media platforms and in our monthly newsletters. If you are interested in having your event promoted, please contact our Director of Communications directly.
SFPIRG may choose to co-sponsor events that support our mandate along with other organizations. Co-sponsorship involves an endorsement from SFPIRG as well as the commitment of funds and/or access to SFPIRG resources (such as photocopying). Any funding supplied by SFPIRG should be considered internal spending and is not a grant. Groups seeking co-sponsorship from SFPIRG should send an email or letter detailing the funds and/or resources requested and submit it to the Board of Directors and the staff collective. SFPIRG will only co-sponsor events that are accessible, and we require that access information be included in event promo materials.
Co-organizing represents a third, more extensive commitment from SFPIRG toward an event or campaign. In addition to providing endorsement, funds, and access to resources, co-organizing involves both a financial and a time commitment from SFPIRG. As with co-sponsorship, any funding supplied by SFPIRG should be considered internal spending and is not a grant. While co-organizing does not necessarily mean that SFPIRG is the primary coordinator, it does indicate a commitment to the cause or event by becoming part of a larger coalition. Generally, this means that SFPIRG has volunteers, board members or staff represented in the organizing of the group’s events. Groups seeking co-organizing from SFPIRG should submit a proposal to the Board of Directors and the staff collective which includes a description of the group(s) involved, a summary of the event, and an explanation of the expected commitment from SFPIRG. SFPIRG will only co-organize events that are accessible, and we require that access information be included in event promo materials.