Remember how I said we’re committed to helping you fund raise for your upcoming trip?
Here is a sample letter we’ve drawn up. See that, you don’t even have to take time from your busy schedule to draft something up 🙂
Before you approach the potential sponsor, make a call to the person and let them know this is coming. If it’s a company, call the human resources department and find out the name of the person who deals with charitable giving and sponsorships. Also ask if the company has guidelines for charitable giving/sponsorships and if so, request a copy. Only appeal to the company if your organization falls within the giving guidelines. Address your written appeal letter to the appropriate person. This letter should be followed by a phone call to assess interest and to seek an appointment to discuss a sponsorship.
Fund-Raising Letter Template
[INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] needs your support.
As you may be aware, [INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] has provided [LIST SERVICES] to [NAME AREA] citizens for the past [INSERT NUMBER OF YEARS].
Renowned for its unique, non-nonsense approach,[ INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME]offers [LIST BENEFITS].
INSERT YOUR ORGANIZATION NAME] has dramatically impacted the lives of [LIST BENEFICIARIES]. The result has been [INSERT RESULTS] that significantly contribute to the health of our community.
We need your help to ensure that these opportunities continue.
Please join me with a gift to [INSERT FUND NAME]. Your help is vital, not only for [INSERT USES FOR GIFT], but also to continue a [INSERT COMMUNITY NAME]] tradition of excellence in [INSERT SERVICE AREA NAME].
I hope that you will consider support at the [INSERT DOLLAR AMOUNT] level or above.
All you need to do to become a valued patron is to complete and return the enclosed form. Yourcontribution is an investment in our future.
[INSERT NAME OF RECOGNIZABLE LOCAL CELEBRITY OR ORGANIZATION HEAD]
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The School for Community Education needs your support.
As you may be aware, the school has provided educational opportunities to our citizens for the past 40 years.
Renowned for its unique, non-nonsense approach, our school offers skill training for students sothat they may enjoy a better life.
Never wavering from its philosophy of providing educational opportunity, our School has dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of state citizens. The combined productivity of these students significantly contributes to the health of our state and local communities.
We need your help to assure students that regardless of their economic or social status they may continue to have the chance to improve their lives through education.
Please join me with a gift to the School Fund. Your help is vital, not only for student tuition assistance, books uniforms and tools, but also to continue a tradition of excellence in educationalopportunity.
I hope that you will consider support at the $100 level or above. All you need to do to become a valued patron is to complete and return the enclosed form. Your contribution is an investment in our future.