Request Donations - Donation Request Letters

Fundraiser Help articles on business donation requests, the best way to ask for donations, donation request letters and advice on raising money for your school, church, charity or favorite cause. We have everything from sample donation letters to a lengthy list of businesses that donate items for charity events, school auctions and other fundraising events.

Download our donations list in PDF format, discover the secrets behind successfully asking for donations or sponsorships from businesses and individuals, and find tips on how to raise more money than you ever thought possible.

Corporate Grants For Nonprofits Source List

Source list of corporate grants for non-profit organizations from major corporations in the U.S. This list of corporate grant sources for nonprofits is current and provides links to the correct web page detailing how to submit your grant application.

7 Online Fundraising Tips

In this article offering 7 online fundraising tips, fundraising consultant Alan Sharpe uses the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to provide examples of the best online fundraising ideas. If you want to get your creative juices flowing and raise more money for your non-profit organization or favorite cause, it’s well worth reading.Seven Online Lessons in Fundraising […]

Coin Drop Fundraiser With A Twist

In this coin drop fundraiser with a twist, you don’t drop coins into donation boxes near cash registers, you drop coins into a spiral wishing well where the coins spin wildly in a vortex before dropping into the donation box.This twist on the traditional coin drop fundraiser adds all sorts of excitement and lots of […]

Applebee’s Donation Request

Applebee’s donation requests can be submitted at the local restaurant level or through their corporate marketing department. Since Applebee’s has both corporate-owned and franchise locations, some donation requests will need to go through a franchise ownership group.Donation requests that are approved usually are fulfilled with an Applebee’s gift card. Event sponsorship requests are submitted through […]

American Airlines Donation Request

American Airlines handles donation requests through four corporate giving programs under their Global Giving model. The four focus areas of their charity efforts are American Airlines Kids In Need, Breast Cancer Awareness and Research, Military and Veterans, and Disaster Aid and recovery. Donation requests outside their four focus areas will not be fulfilled.American Airline and […]

Business Donation Request – Fundraiser Source List

Looking for a list of business donation request source links? Download a free 14-page PDF version of our auction donation source list of national businesses. Download link is at the bottom of the page.The link for each business is to their donation request form or to the page where they provide details on how to […]

Donation Thank You Letter Mistakes

One key aspect of donor retention is properly thanking your donors. Here are some donation thank you letter mistakes to avoid when you do say thanks.You want your donors to know that you appreciate their donation and also show how it will help improve things for the people your nonprofit organization is trying to help. Your […]

The Art Of The Ask

No matter what type of fundraising you are doing, you have to do the ask. The Art Of The Ask varies depending on how you’re raising funds – in person, online, in an appeal letter, or in an email – but it all comes down to getting people to donate money to your cause.So, what’s […]

Donation Thank You Letter Second Ask

Given that 65% of first-time donors won’t ever give your nonprofit a second donation, should you do a second ask with your thank you letter? The answer, surprisingly, is yes because statistically it’s the right thing to do.Most donors will tell you that they don’t want to be asked again right away for a second […]

Auction Donations From Pro Sports Teams

Another good way to get fundraising auction donations is to contact professional sports teams. Every pro sports team has a policy of supporting nonprofit organizations in their area by donating items that the groups can use to raise funds.The good news is that this donation request is fairly easy to do and the donated items […]

101 Fundraising Auction Donations Sources

An extensive list of sources for fundraising auction donations from companies with links to online donation request information for each business. These fundraising auction donation sources provide items ranging from $25 gift cards all the way up to cruise ship vacations.This auction donations list will save you hours of time compared to finding all these […]

Five Fundraising Letter Tips

When writing a fundraising letter, there are five things you should do to get more donations. These 5 tips for writing fundraising letters are all about communicating directly with your reader in an engaging manner that captures their interest.A donation appeal letter should personalize your cause by telling a story about a real person, not […]

Make Your Donation Letter A Quick Read

A great donation letter is one that can be read quickly, one that’s easily skimmed for highlights and packs a powerful call to action. Let’s face facts here. Hardly anyone is going to read every word of your fundraising letter. In fact, you’re doing great just getting them to open it.So, don’t waste the opportunity […]

Give Donors What They Want

The secret to getting donations for your non-profit is to give donors what they want. People give to causes to make a difference in others lives. And what donors really want to know is how their donation will help people.Fundraising letter expert Alan Sharpe describes how to effectively communicate with your donors by telling stories […]

How To Get More Donations

In all types of fundraising you are essentially making a donation request. So, what do you say or do to get more donations for your cause? Answer one simple question.Whether you are raising funds online, face to face, through letters or email, or even with events or charity auctions, you’ll get more donations if you […]

Donation Letter

Writing donation letters that produce the desired result is an art form that must include four major elements. Your donation request letter must clearly communicate who you are, what you are raising money for, why they should donate to your cause, and how you use those donations.In addition, you should structure your donation letter in […]

Silent Auction Request Letter

If you’re doing silent auctions at your fundraising event, this sample silent auction request letter will help you get more items donated to raise money. Essentially, this is a modified donation request letter and follows that format or template while giving the business owner or decision maker all the necessary facts.The success of your silent […]

Donation Request Letters For Silent Auction

If you want to raise more money with silent auctions at your fundraiser, then use these sample donation request letters for silent auction items. Silent auctions work best with lots of different donated items grouped together on separate tables with staggered closing times to maximize bidding.Donation request letters work best if they clearly and concisely […]

Fundraising Event Tips: Getting Corporate Sponsors

As part of our series on fundraising event tips, here are 10 tips for getting corporate sponsors for your fundraising event. Corporate sponsorships are extremely important to the overall success of your event and can make a huge impact on your bottom line.If you aren’t getting corporate sponsors for your charity event, then here is […]

Fundraising Donation Letter Storytelling

Here is a great guest article by Alan Sharpe that will help guide you through writing more effective donation request letters. Use this simple yet important advice when crafting your storyline so you will get the best response and results.If your donation letter doesn’t tell a great story, it’s not a fundraising letter. It’s a […]