Write a Persuasive Letter That Makes a Charitable Request

Dr. Mel Luthy, Chief Editor

Sample Letter #1

While visiting a library behind the former Iron Curtain, my wife and I were astonished that we could not find a single book in English. The librarian apologized and explained that his institution owned only four books in English, and this sparse collection was in great demand, with waiting lists sometimes twenty to thirty names long!

It's easy to forget that books are prohibitively expensive in economically struggling countries. The door to economic prosperity remains closed for many, and knowledge of English, as the language of world trade and information exchange, may be the key to that door.

Next week our diocese will collect books for the country of Moldavia. Your donation of new or used books in English on virtually any subject will open the door of opportunity for countless eager learners. Those of you who cannot donate books or help in the collection can still make a difference by sending your monetary donation in the envelope provided. Proceeds will cover our shipping costs, with any surplus applied to the purchase of used books.

It's not enough to remember the less fortunate in thought alone. Let's remember them by our deeds!

Sample Letter #2

Jacob had dreamed of this race all year long. He crossed the finish line, thrilled at his victory and self-mastery. Jacob, along with the other competitors, are all gold medalists. They are all Olympians. Indeed, they are Special Olympians.

This year the Special Olympics must raise five million dollars to support the games and keep athletes such as Jacob anticipating their next Olympic race. Your contribution of five dollars or more can help bring a special victory to a special athlete. Just send your check or money order in the self-addressed envelope and become an important part of this year's Special Olympics. Even if you can't be at the games this year, you can have the satisfaction of knowing that you helped a special athlete like Jacob cross the finish line.

Sample Letter #3

I am writing to draw your attention to a matter of great importance. Mayor Doe has pledged to address the dangerous condition of many of the intersections surrounding our children's schools. However, due to last year's extensive flooding, city coffers are nearly empty, and the funds are not available to install even one new traffic light. The intersection of Main and Center streets is fraught with danger for the dozens of grade school children who must cross these streets every day. If we can raise $3,600 we can pay an off-duty policeman to direct traffic at this crosswalk during school hours until such time as funds are available to install a proper traffic light. I hope you will join me in supporting this solution to this most immediate peril. Send a check for your tax-deductible donation to this address:

Crossing Guard Fund

Springfield Parent/Teacher/Student Association

1600 Main St.

Springfield, KS 12345

Don't wait until tragedy strikes. Please act now, for the sake of our children.

Sample Letter #4

Who says a few dollars don't go far today? When thousands of people give just $5 amazing things happen. Thousands of children in poor countries are receiving medical treatment from doctors and nurses who volunteer their time and skill, but these volunteers need money for supplies, medicine, and equipment. Can you help? Giving together we can make miracles happen. Won't you please send your contribution today in the postage-paid envelope? Thank you.

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