The greatest benefit of being a Summer Institute sponsor is the knowledge that you have contributed to an important Island cultural institution, one that without your donation would not exist. Financial donations are the sole source of revenue for the Summer Institute and without them we could not present our Speaker Series or our Film Series.
But we believe that Sponsors should be rewarded in other ways as well for their generosity. Sponsors receive free admission to all six of the speaker programs. As well, they have early access to the website for purchasing tickets for the films. And the final film is complementary and will be preceded by a party for sponsors.
We also give Sponsors the opportunity to invite guests to Summer Institute programs. At the level of a $1,000 gift, a Sponsor may invite two guests on a complementary basis; four free guests are permitted at the $2,000 level, and six guests for Sponsors of $3,000 or more. At this level, Sponsors are also invited to join the speakers at small dinners held prior to the talks. And your guests always enjoy the same benefits as you: reserved seating at speaker events and invitations to Friday brunches.
Friday mornings after each speaker event, we hold delicious brunches at gracious Vineyard homes to give our Sponsors the chance to meet our speakers personally and ask questions in an always-lively Q&A sessions. Our speakers report that the Friday brunches are the feature of their visit that they enjoy most.