Following is an example of an actual letter received from a nonprofit thanking a donor for a gift. The gift was made online, and the donor received a brief email thank you, followed within two weeks by this mailed letter. I like the way this letter connects with women's issues and specifies the connection between economic opportunity and general well being. It would be even stronger if it included a brief story of how the organization benefitted one particular woman.
[Name and Address]
On behalf of all of us at ______, thank you very much for your recent contribution of $____. We are extremely grateful for your generosity.
All over the world, women are a powerful force in their communities. When they have opportunities to improve their lives, everyone benefits. When they are able to earn an income and control what they do with it, their children are more likely to finish school. Families eat better. They stay healthy. Communities thrive. And in the end, entire nations are in a better postion to prosper economically.
Supporting ______ is one of the most direct ways to improve the lives of women and reduce poverty. Our research identifies women's contributions to their communities and the barriers that prevent them from being economically stable. We talk to women and we help their voices be heard. Our proven approach ensures that your imvestment benefits not just one woman, but millions of women.
By contibuting to _______, you help us make women a central part of efforts to reduce global poverty, improve health and create a more equitable world.
Thank you for all you do on behalf of women and girls worldwide.
Vice President, Development
Please consider this letter a receipt for your contribution of $___ provided via Online Donation Transaction Number ########## on 06/06/11. This confirms that no goods or services were received for this contribution, which is completely tax-deductible.