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Corporate Partners

SOS Children’s Villages believes that every child deserves a loving home. The support of corporations and foundations helps us make this vision a reality for more than 1 million children and families across the globe. From cause campaigns to corporate grants to employee engagement, the ways to support SOS Children’s Villages are as varied as the children we serve.

Corporate Partners SOS Children’s Villages SA offers our partners a highly-respected global brand that has impacted the lives of millions of children around the world.

With over 500 Children’s Villages in 134 countries and territories, we have a worldwide network that will help companies of all sizes fulfill their social responsibility objectives.

Our Corporate Partnerships team can help create unique partnerships that include corporate philanthropy, marketing campaigns, employee engagement, and other valuable benefits.

Types of partnerships

SOS Children’s Villages envisions a world in which every child enjoys a loving home and family. To help us realise that vision, we invite corporations and foundations to work with us. Funds will help provide children with a safe and loving home, a family, nutritious food, clean water, access to medical services, and an education.

SOSCVSA works with each corporate partner to build a programme that is customised to advance both their business objectives and our nonprofit mission:

  • Build upon shared visions and values
  • Meet mutual objectives through custom marketing plans
  • Enable engagement in meaningful, multinational campaigns with targeted local impact
  • Enhance reputations as responsible global corporate citizens

There are many ways to partner with SOS Children’s Villages SA:

  • Direct Donations
    Companies can donate directly to SOS, or directly support a specific SOS Programme. These include alternative Family-Based Care programmes, Family Strengthening Programmes, Youth Vocational training, Entrepreneurship and Income generating activities, Human Resource Development, Information and Communications Technology and Child Rights Advocacy.
  • Employee Engagement
    • Through hosting fundraisers,
    • Providing matching gift contributions, or other work-based mechanisms, your employees can show their commitment to helping the world’s most vulnerable citizens – orphaned and abandoned children.
    • Read our Partnership Guidelines; if your company sounds like a fit, email info@sos.org.za for more information.
  • Partnership Guidelines
    Our corporate partners help us reach new audiences, while raising funds to support orphaned and abandoned children around the world.

Marketing partnerships

SOSCVSA welcomes the opportunity to develop corporate marketing partnerships. The following guidelines will help you determine if a partnership with SOSSA will help meet your business objectives.

We look for partners that:

  • • Have a solid history and strong brand image (a minimum of one year in business is preferred).
  • Want to make a significant, clearly-defined contribution to the global community.
  • Provide products or services that offer a natural affinity to SOS through demonstrated shared values, such as a focus on children, family, or moms.
  • Embrace social responsibility through any of the following: History of philanthropic activity and/or donations, especially supporting children’s causes globally through donations, in-kind support and other forms of assistance;
  • History of supporting employee actions such as community outreach, volunteering, payroll donations, or matching gifts; and CSR policy in place and history of active implementation.

Limitations

  • SOSCVSA will not enter into partnerships with companies engaged in the sale of alcohol, tobacco, arms and weapons, and gambling (except charity lotteries).
  • SOSCVSA will not enter into partnerships with companies that utilise child labor in any aspect of their activities or supply chain.

Marketing Guidelines

  • Although SOSCVSA is the beneficiary of donations through its partnerships, we have no ability to sell or distribute products for our partners. While SOSCVSA may publicly acknowledge its corporate partners, we cannot advertise for our partners or promote our partners’ products and services because of our non-profit status. To help raise awareness of SOSCVSA, we ask our partners to publish our URL (www.sos.org.za) and associated messaging on all promotional materials, press releases, and other partnership outreach materials.
  • SOSCVSA is happy to provide partners with language to use for this purpose. For all marketing programmes, SOSCVSA requests that partners provide consumers information about our work around the world, along with a way to contact SOSCVSA for further information.
  • SOSCVSA owns the registration for the SOSCVSA name and logo. These are licensed marks, and written permission is required for their use. In order to use these licensed marks, a company must enter into a written contract with SOSCVSA outlining how the company will use the licensed marks.
  • Cause-related Marketing

Without a fully-executed contract, use of the SOSCVSA name and/or logo is strictly prohibited. Sale of Products and Commercial Co-Venture If you wish to contribute a percentage of proceeds from the sale of a product, you must provide a sample to SOS Children’s Villages for review. We accept drawings and/or photos in cases where the product is still in development. In its simplest terms, a commercial co-venture is a relationship where a company promoting a product or service fully discloses to the public that a specified portion of the proceeds will benefit a cause. SOSSA cannot give legal advice to organisations or corporations that conduct programmes or promotions with us; we advise them to seek legal counsel to ensure that they comply with these registration requirements.