Sponsoring Climb Out of the Darkness®

2014ClimbOutCollageClimb Out of the Darkness® is the world’s largest event raising awareness of postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety/OCD, postpartum PTSD, postpartum psychosis and pregnancy depression.

The event was created by and benefits Postpartum Progress Inc.®, a registered 501c3 nonprofit that raises awareness and supports pregnant and new moms with these illnesses. Women around the world participate in this grassroots event by going on a hike outside on the longest day of the year to shine a light on maternal mental illness. Climb Out of the Darkness is open to anyone and everyone who supports a healthy start for new families.

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders like postpartum depression are the most common complication of childbirth. Fifteen to twenty percent of all women will get a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder.  That’s 1 in every 7, more than the number of women who will get breast cancer.  What’s more, only 15% of those hundreds of thousands of women ever get the treatment they need to fully recover.

Our very first Climb Out, held in 2013, raised $42,000 and had 177 participants in 40 states and seven countries around the world.  A post-event survey found that 40% of participants “felt stronger & more empowered” after participating in Climb Out of the Darkness, 51% “felt less alone,” and 64% believed the event raised awareness in their communities about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. In 2014 we had more than 1,500 participants and they raised $165,000. The event also generated news coverage both nationally on outlets like CNN.com and the New York Times, and locally in newspapers such as the Baltimore Sun and on TV news stations including WCJB-TV (ABC) in Gainesville, FL, KDKA-TV (CBS) in Pittsburgh, PA, and WJZ-TV (CBS) in Baltimore. In 2015, we had 2,500 participants and they raised $240,000.

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

1013497_10151507246426229_971432285_nClimb Out of the Darkness offers both local Climb sponsorship and national sponsorship.

In order to ensure your company’s sponsorship meets IRS rules is 100% eligible as a tax deductible donation, Postpartum Progress does not promote your products or include them in any advertising. This is why, as you’ll see below, sponsorship benefits are focused on sponsor acknowledgement, inclusion and awareness.

 

Local Sponsorship Opportunities

$250-500 – Matterhorn Sponsor 

  • Your company or organization will be included local press releases and other other local Climb publicity.
  • Your company or organization will be thanked publicly at the Climb.

$1,000 – Mt. Kilimanjaro Sponsor

  • Your company or organization may bring a table or exhibit to the event to raise awareness of your organization’s presence in the community.
  • Your company or organization will be included in local press releases and other local Climb publicity.
  • Your company or organization will be thanked publicly at the Climb.

$2,500 — K2 Sponsor 

  • Your company or organization may bring a table or exhibit to the event to raise awareness of your organization’s presence in the community.
  • Your company or organization will be included in local press releases and other local Climb publicity.
  • You will be thanked publicly at the Climb, and offered the opportunity to speak at the Climb’s Opening Ceremony.
  • Your company or organization will be included in national press releases for the event.

To find local Climbs to support, click here.

National Sponsorship Opportunities

$10,000 – Everest Sponsor

  • Your company or organization will be included in local press releases and other local Climb publicity.
  • Your company or organization will be thanked publicly at all Climbs around the world.
  • Your company or organization may bring a table or exhibit to any local Climbs to raise awareness of your organization’s presence in those communities.
  • Your company or organization will be included in national publicity for the event conducted by Postpartum Progress.
  • Your logo will be featured on our national website, event signage and other materials.
  • Your company or organization will be highlighted as a sponsor in blog posts on our blog (which receives 1+ million pageviews per year).
  • Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on our Facebook page (with 11k+ fans) and our Twitter account (11k+ followers).
  • Your company’s employees will be welcome at Climbs around the country wherever you operate.

$30,000 – Summit National Title Sponsor (3)

  • Your company or organization will be included in local press releases and other local Climb publicity.
  • Your company or organization will be thanked publicly at all Climbs around the world.
  • Your company or organization may bring a table or exhibit to any local Climbs to raise awareness of your organization’s presence in those communities.
  • Your company or organization will be included in national publicity for the event conducted by Postpartum Progress.
  • Your logo will be featured on our national website, event signage and other materials.
  • Your company or organization will be highlighted as a sponsor in blog posts on our blog (which receives 1+ million pageviews per year).
  • Your sponsorship will be acknowledged on our Facebook page (with 11k+ fans) and our Twitter account (11k+ followers).
  • Your company’s employees will be welcome at Climbs around the country wherever you operate.
  • Your company can receive national category exclusivity for your sponsorship.
  • We will work with your marketing team to identify other ways to ensure your customers are aware of what you are doing to support maternal mental health.

WHERE YOUR MONEY GOES

Funds raised provide:

  • Free educational materials in obstetrician and pediatrician offices
  • Programs like our award-winning blog and private support forum for struggling moms
  • Advocacy for better support, less stigma and increased services for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

If you’d like to get more specifics on the kind of impact Postpartum Progress makes, check out our 2015 Impact Report. And here is our page on Guidestar.  To inquire about becoming a sponsor of Climb Out of the Darkness, please email Jasmine Banks at climbout@postpartumprogress.org. We’d love to have you join us!