Writing Fundraising Letters Archives - Fundraising How Tos and Event Ideas

7 Reasons Personal Appeal Letters Are Still the Best Way to Fundraise

A globally connected, Facebook-friending, website form-filling society now mostly gives to charity after watching YouTube video testimonials and surfing crowdfunding pages, right? Wrong! Only 7% of giving is online, but 80% of philanthropy is from individuals. (Source: NPEngage.com) People may be giving more online, but they do not give the majority of their charitable donations […]

Don’t Stop: On-Going Data Collection for Nonprofit Grants Proposals

Nonprofit organizations must always be on the lookout for funding possibilities. Whether these are foundation grants, community awards, or gifts from various corporations, the charity has to be in a position to request sizable donations. The reason is very simple: these types of awards are much larger than could be obtained from bake sales and […]

Nonprofit E-Cover Sample: Adapting your Proposal Cover Letter for our New Electronic World

More and more, funders – including government agencies, corporations, foundations, and individuals – are asking non profits to save the paper and email their proposals or submit them online. They can then take highlights out of your pitch, if they review it, to present to their board, or only electronically distribute the best asks. If […]

Learn from Grant Writers’ Hindsight

Grants writing can be a discipline, a skill, or an art form. It all depends on whom it is you are talking to. Learning how to write a grant sometimes is the consequence of on-the-job experience and grant writers will often admit to superior hindsight. They won’t hesitate to talk about those things which, had […]

Sample Proposal Letter: How to Write an Environmental Proposal Pitch that Appeals to Funders

“Green” is in, and more and more funders are giving to environmental causes, but donations to environmental nonprofits and projects still only constitute around 7% of US philanthropy (Giving USA).  While funders see environment as a worthy giving sector, it is hard to compete with cancer, children starving, religion, or education. If you are an […]

Sample Donation Request Letter – Storm Victims

Following is a sample donation request letter that could be sent from a charitable organization or other group to their community and neighboring unaffected communities. Feel free to copy it and modify it for your fundraising needs. For any other use, please contact us. (More fundraising letters and templates…) Dear _____, It has been nearly […]

How to Prepare When Asking for Donations and Support

When tasked with obtaining sponsorship money or in-kind donations, simple prior preparation will make the entire process easier. Before asking anyone for anything, ask yourself these basic questions: What is our goal? Does my group need monetary sponsorship or in-kind donations, or both? There are two main types of support, monetary (a company or person […]

Thank You For Donation Letter – To a Company

Following is a sample ‘thank you’ for donation letter to be sent to a company. Feel free to customize this thank you for donations letter with your group’s specific information as needed. (More fundraising letters.)     Dear ______ Thank you. You may remember our request for a donation for our school science fair. I’m […]

How To Ask For Donations From A Large Company

Large companies support charities on a large scale, providing financial support through fundraising events and donations, in addition to providing publicity of their sponsored non-profits among their employees. But even large companies may have to lower their cash donations during tough economic times and will often resort to making up at least some of the […]

How to Write A Donation Request Letter For An After School Program

An important consideration for a donation request letter to members of your community for an after school program is to keep its audience in mind: Not everyone who receives your letter has children and not everyone who receives your letters is going to understand the need for after school programs. Whether your program is teaching […]