There are many ways for businesses and organizations small and large to partner with MITA. Advantages of a business partnership include demonstrating your commitment to keeping Maine’s islands beautiful and accessible for recreation, promoting wild island stewardship, and connecting your business to the largest recreational boating organization in Maine and one of National Geographic Adventures’ “50 Best American Adventures.”
**Review partnership options below, and be sure to fill out the form at the bottom of this page to get started!**
MITA by the Numbers
- 241 sites on the Maine Island Trail
- 6,900 annual members who are boaters, outdoor enthusiasts, and environmental advocates
- 36,000 annual unique visitors to the MITA website
- 6,500 Facebook followers, 2,500 Instagram followers
- 14,000 e-news subscribers
- 6,300 volunteer hours dedicated to island stewardship in 2019
- 350 attendees at Splash!, MITA’s boating season kick-off party at East Coast Yacht Sales in Yarmouth, ME
- Founded in 1988, 32 years ago
How can your business get involved?
Sponsors support MITA’s efforts to keep the Trail pristine and accessible for its thousands of annual visitors, in return for promotion and recognition by MITA.
*In order to be recognized in the annual guidebook, the sponsorship must be committed by guidebook print deadline of 2/13/20. If deadline is not met, a special item announcing your sponsorship will appear in one of MITA’s monthly e-news blasts (14,000 subscribers).
2. Business Membership
Small businesses and non-profit or educational organizations can support MITA at a lower level than sponsorships via a business membership. Business members receive complimentary memberships, a custom coupon code entitling your company to unlimited discounted memberships for employees and customers, and a color poster identifying your company as a supporter of the Maine Island Trail. Unlike sponsors, however, business members do not receive promotional consideration.
⇒ $250 Business Member: eight complimentary memberships, coupon code for unlimited memberships at 20% off, color poster
⇒ $100 Business Member: three complimentary memberships, coupon code for unlimited memberships at 10% off, color poster
3. Auction Items
MITA’s boating season kickoff party, Splash!, features a silent auction to benefit our programs. MITA seeks mission-relevant auction items that are unique, adventurous, and substantial.
4. Member Benefits
MITA has an extensive program in which businesses offer discounts directly to MITA members. MITA publicizes these benefits annually in our e-blasts, on our social media pages, and at events. In 2019, 47 companies, including marinas, outfitters, manufacturers and retail stores, provided member benefits. For a complete list of current member benefit providers, see our member benefits page.
5. Group Service Days
During the boating season (mid-May to mid-October), MITA offers a limited number of corporate volunteer opportunities, perfect for businesses looking for a meaningful and fun way to do community service as a team. Ideal group size for most projects is 5-10 people, but MITA can work with the group to make sure the project is a good fit for their size and interests. The volunteer calendar fills quickly, so please contact us with plenty of advance notice.
6. In-Kind Service Providers – Marine Industries and Retail
With a fleet of eight boats and two tow vehicles to operate and maintain, MITA benefits from its relationship with several marine-related service providers. Additionally, retailers have offered in-kind gift cards for select MITA awardees and contest winners.
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