Respond to a Request For a Donation or to a Fundraising Letter

Dr. Mel Luthy, Chief Editor

Sample Letter #1

Thank you for your letter requesting support for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. We greatly admire your efforts toward educating the public about cruelty to animals. The shelter has done a remarkable job for this county since its inception four years ago.

While we would like to contribute to your worthy cause, our company channels requests for donations through a social awareness committee. The committee meets twice a year to decide which projects we can support for the coming year. When they meet again, I will inform you of their decision. We appreciate this opportunity to review your goals and wish you continued success with this year's campaign.

Sample Letter #2

Thank you for your letter apprising me of the activities of the Wetlands Coalition. I always make it my policy to investigate where my charitable donations go, and the Wetlands Coalition has an excellent reputation. I am pleased to make a $1000 donation to this worthy cause. I will appreciate receiving a signed receipt. Here's wishing you all the best in meeting this year's goal!

Sample Letter #3

Thank you for your recent letter outlining the activities of your public policy watchdog organization, The Doe Report. I understand that this is a nonprofit, volunteer- and donation-powered group. Unfortunately, I unable to support all the worthy causes whose letters cross my desk. I do appreciate the publicity The Doe Report has given to the recent hubbub in City Hall, and I hope that I will be in a better position to support this cause when your next quarterly letter arrives. In the meantime I wish you much success in achieving your fund-raising goals.

Sample Letter #4

Thank you for your well-reasoned request for donations to keep inner city kids off drugs. This is obviously a very worthy cause. While I do 'give at the office,' through Doe Way, I am donating to your cause because this issue is too important to let slide. I have enclosed a personal check for $50.00. Please send a receipt. I wish you all success in this good work.

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