Community Build Playground Sample Fundraising Letters
Below are some actual letters that one of our community build playground clients sent to their local community. They sent it to every residence in the school district. The school serves all of 5th and 6th grade students district wide. The first letter is a generic version (not addressed to anyone specific). The second version was sent to specific people the fundraising committee members knew and included the addressee first names on the letters. The customized version asked for a specific amount of donation. Various amounts had been asked for in this campaign depending on what the fundraising committee members thought the addressee may be able to contribute. Each letter was sent with a pledge card with several suggested donation amounts and a blank line that the donor could fill in any amount they chose. In addition, these customized letters all had a short handwritten note on them from one of the fundraising committee members asking them to support the project.
We offer these example letters below as a starting point for our clients to develop a similar effort should they want to pursue this method of fundraising as a part of their overall plan. These letters have proven to be an effective way to raise a significant amount of money in a relatively short period of time. However, other fundraising efforts will likely be required in addition to this program. Don't put all of your fundraising eggs in one basket.
If your group does not have non-profit status or isn't linked to a school or municipality, you may considering partnering with an existing non-profit (such as a local education foundation) or other organization in order to have these donations be tax deductible.
We thank "The Playground Project" Committee at West Reading Elementary Center in West Reading, PA for allowing us to share their story and their letters below.
Generic sample community build playground fundraising letter