"How do I write effective fundraising letters for donations for my mission trip?" I have received
this question so many times over the last few years that I decided to create a special thread to spill my guts
When you begin to write a mission trip support letter, the first decision you really have to
make is how committed you are to the task and the mission trip that is before you.
Why? Because most people agree that fundraising for mission trips is the hardest part of preparing for your
Secondly, do you really need to raise the money? This is a difficult question to ask because, when we
decide to go on a mission trip, we rarely think to look in our own bank account before we rush out to ask everyone
else. The fact of the matter is that we may not even need to send out any fundraising letters for
donations. We may already have all the money we need; are we willing to commit that money?
In the resources below, you will find many tips to help make your fundraising and support letters more
interesting to the recipient. And if the mission trip letter is more interesting, it tends to be easily read
and acted upon by your prospective donor.
If the mission trip support letters that you distribute are are to be effective, then there are some simple
guidelines you will want to follow. But one word of advice... don't obsess over trying to
create the perfect mission trip fundraising letter. Pray
that God will open hearts (including yours) and be yourself. That is what people already know and are drawn
Fundraising Letters for Donations Keys
The keys to writing fundraising letters for donations for your Christian
missions trip are pretty fundamental, but some of the other articles listed below will go into more detail
about each one. Here they are in a bulleted list to help summarize the main points.
Determine if you actually need to
Determine how much money you actually need
Break the total down into a reasonable amount for each donor
Make sure you are already serving the person
Be as personal as you possible can in the text of the mission trip support letter
Tell a story
Be honest about your need
DON'T beg, but DO ask humbly for their help
Have a simple and easy method for the donor's response
Remember to thank each donor personally
There are some other nuances to the above tips that are brought out in the mission trip fundraising information on the pages that follow, but these
are high-level guidelines to get you started.
When you write fundraising letters for donations for your mission trips, you will find that your belief level
will rise substantially throughout the entire process. In the beginning, you are unsure, but you think God
has called you on a Christian mission trip; by the time you finish, you will be certain if He has.
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