There are so many great causes out there, and because of that we unfortunately cannot take part in all of them. To assist us in making our choices, we ask that you read the below policy for donation and sponsorship.
- Requests must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the date of the event or date that the donation is needed, though we typically give preference to requests further out. Consideration for all requests received will be given at the beginning of the following month.
- Who we favor: Military, first responder, law enforcement, and education programs supporting family members affected by a parent(s) lost in the line of duty.
- Considerations: Donations or sponsorships may be considered as long as budgeted funds are available. All requestors must demonstrate how the brewery will be listed/advertised/radio blast/social media mentions and frequency as a sponsor or how this venture will lead to a return on investment for St. Michael's Brewing Co.
- We do not offer cash donations or sponsorships: We largely only approve requests for in-kind donation or sponsorship. If your event requires an entrance or vendor fee or sponsorship dollars to be given up front, we will likely decline your request.
- We only sponsor events that we are legally allowed to: Florida law prohibits us from donating beer to unlicensed events. Any charity function held on public property such as a park or museum must have a temporary liquor license designated to the charity by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation in order for us to participate. Events held in an already licensed premises such as a bar or restaurant must be open to the public and the beer must be furnished free of charge or without implied sale for us to donate. (In the case of the latter, we may still be able to participate in your event if our beer is purchased from a licensed distributor, but donation is prohibited.) More information on applying for and receiving this ODP license can be found here.
- All donations or sponsorships must be associated with a 501c3 non-profit organization, with the majority of proceeds directly benefiting that organization: We require a letter of determination proving 501c3 status as well as a signed letter from a chair of that organization or official receipt stating intent to donate.
- Due to the high volume of requests, we decline all requests for sponsorships of the following: Intramural or amateur sports teams or leagues of any kind, golf outings and tournaments, athletes, motorsports, and bands. We also do not participate in sponsorship for youth programs or schools (excluding St. Michael's Brewing Co. employee youth sport program requests), religious organizations, or any event directly involving the presence of children.
- We require brewery presence at any sponsored events and generally avoid sponsorships that are simply logo placements: We like to participate in our philanthropic efforts, not just sit by the sidelines. As such, we decline requests that are simply logo placements or the like.
Thank you for your consideration!