General FAQ

Capitol Hill Ocean Week (CHOW) is the nation’s premier ocean and Great Lakes policy conference that convenes policymakers, scientists, managers, business leaders, conservationists, educators, students, and members of the public to engage in dialogue and debate on significant issues that impact our ocean and Great Lakes and to propose innovative policies and partnerships to address these issues. For more information click HERE.

This year’s theme, Sea: The Future highlights the 50th Anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. We will celebrate the 50 years of progress achieved and set a course for the new policies and actions necessary to transform our future. For more information click

 

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Sponsorship

There are a variety of sponsorship levels and associated benefits. Please see the CHOW sponsor packet for more information. Space is limited and sponsorships are first-come, first-served. If you are interested, we recommend reaching out as soon as possible to secure your spot.

 

Space is limited and sponsorships are first-come, first-served. If you are interested, we recommend reaching out as soon as possible to secure your spot.

If you, your company, or your nonprofit organization is interested in sponsoring Capitol Hill Ocean Week, please contact Cher Molle, Director of Development, as soon as possible at [email protected]. Please also feel free to get a head start on securing your sponsorship by filling out a sponsorship pledge form at (insert link to blank pledge form here).

 

There are four primary ways to pay for CHOW sponsorship: Online using a credit card, by mail with a check, through a wire transfer, or via an ACH payment.

To pay for your CHOW sponsorship online using a credit card, please:

  1. Fill out a pledge form.
  2. Email your completed pledge form – and, make sure that you do not select “Please Invoice Me” on this form – then send it to Cher Molle, Director of Development, at [email protected] and Laurie VanBenschoten, Development Manager, at [email protected]
  3. Complete your sponsorship payment, according to the sponsorship level indicated on your pledge, form at https://secure.givelively.org/event/national-marine-sanctuary-foundation/capitol-hill-ocean-week-2023/chow-sponsorships-2023
  4. Look out for your receipt in your email inbox!
    1. If you do not receive your receipt within 24 hours of payment, please first try and locate it in your spam folder and alert the Foundation’s Development Manager, Laurie VanBenschoten, via email at [email protected] so we can investigate.
  5. Look out for email communications from the Foundation and our staff to help you begin making the most of your sponsorship benefits!
    1. Please allow the Foundation up to one full business week to initially reach out regarding your sponsorship benefits activation.

If you’d prefer to pay for your CHOW sponsorship via either check, wire transfer, of ACH payment, please:

  1. Fill out a pledge form – and make sure to select “Please Invoice Me” at the bottom of the form
  2. Email your pledge form, which must indicate that you’d like to be invoiced, to Cher Molle, Director of Development, at [email protected] and Laurie VanBenschoten, Development Manager, at [email protected].
  3. Look out for an email from Laurie VanBenschoten, Development Manager, containing your invoice. Please allow at least three full business days to receive your invoice. Our is working hard to process all pledge forms and sponsor requests in a timely manner.
  4. Send your sponsorship payment using your preferred payment method, as indicated on your custom invoice.

 

 

The Sponsor Resource Center is the Foundation’s solution for managing sponsorships in a more streamlined manner than in previous years. It exists to help sponsors manage their various benefit packages and gala attendance more independently. The  resource center also allows the Foundation and CHOW team to easily manage sponsor relationships and benefits more accurately and efficiently and with better customer service than ever before.

As of CHOW 2022, access to the Sponsor Resource Center will be automatically included with all levels of sponsorship. The Foundation relies on the Sponsor Resource Center to collect important information from sponsors, including but not limited to benefits selections and gala guest lists, to host general information and promotional resources for sponsors, and to help anticipate and answer sponsors’ questions and concerns regarding the conference and Ocean Awards Gala. Use of the Sponsor Resource Center by sponsors at all levels is highly encouraged by the Foundation. Without the utilization of the Sponsor Resource Center by all sponsors, Foundation staff response time greatly increases.

No. As a nonprofit organization itself, the Foundation cannot offer discounted sponsorship levels for other nonprofit organizations. However, in the past, there have been several instances where coalitions of nonprofit organizations – groups of approximately four to seven nonprofits – have sponsored CHOW as a coalition, thus reducing the cost of sponsorship for each organization in the coalition by splitting the cost.

If your nonprofit is a member of a coalition that may be interested in sponsoring as a group, please this document for more information.

The Foundation offers group sponsorships at the Champion level ONLY. Group sponsorships are only available for organizations, they are not available for groups of individuals and cannot exceed ten (10) organizations. You will be responsible for identifying a single point of contact for the group. Please see this document for more information.

 

If you are interested in submitting a group sponsorships, please contact Cher Molle, Director of Development, at [email protected]marinesanctuary.org and Laurie VanBenschoten, Development Manager, at [email protected] for more information.

 

Conference

June 6 – Hill Day
June 7 – Conference Day 1 at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
June 8 – Conference Day 2 at Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

Travel information can be found HERE.

 

The full conference agenda can be found HERE.

Yes. Registration is required for anyone attending as guests during CHOW conference days. CHOW registration is free and open to the public. Anyone interested in attending as a guest can register at captiolhilloceanweek.org or onsite at the check-in desk upon arrival. It is highly recommended that attendees register online in advance of the conference so you will only need to check-in onsite.

No, it is not necessary for you to register staff or volunteers who will be manning your company or organization’s exhibit booth at the conference. Booth staffers will just need to check-in at the registration booth upon arrival and are required to wear their nametags in a visible manner while staffing an exhibit booth.

To view a full list of Capitol Hill Ocean Week sponsors, please visit our website

Ocean Awards Gala

Thursday June 8, 2022 from 6:00-9:00 pm ET. For more information click HERE. Please see our Gala Know Before Your Go document for more details about what to expect the evening of the gala.

 

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20004

Travel information can be found HERE. Please see our Gala Know Before Your Go document for more details about what to expect the evening of the gala.