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Topic: What kind of businesses/companies do I send sponsorship letters to? please help!  (Read 6927 times)
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« on: November 28, 2005 09:29:12 AM »

Ok heres the deal, I was recently interviewed and excepted to go on a 20-day trip to Europe with an organization called People to People. I will be a student Ambassador in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Austria this summer! Im very excited and I am sure this will be a wonderful expirience. The only problem is, the tuition is $5,559!!! I am only 14 years old, and my parents have already decided that if I want to go on this trip I will be doing all the fundraisers on my own. So I have decided that I will do a monthy fundraiser. My fundraiser for November were Handmade Christmas Cards sold for $15 a pack. For December, I am planning on sending out a letter to companies/businesses informing them of my trip and asking for contributions. I was planning on sending these letters to about 50 different companies/businesses, but thats where Im stuck! I don't know who to send to! Others on here have said "local businesses" but WHAT local businesses? what KIND of local businesses?! Do you send to places like Walmart and Target? or malls? or banks? or restaurants? or craft stores? or WHAT?! Please! I really need your help, I already have my letter all typed out, I just need to figure out 50 businesses to send to! THANKS IN ADVANCE!!!   Kiss
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2005 09:31:51 AM »

Oh, and I forgot to add... These companies and businesses would ovbiously have to be in the Pennsylvania area.  Cheesy
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2006 09:23:58 PM »

Hey there, congrats on being picked!  I was a ptp student ambassador too!   To raise money I first asked my church but  if you go to buisnesses in your area (hardware stores,craft stores,anything that's independently owned maybe even banks) walmarts and kmarts and even fast food places also may want to help out.  Take a look around you and the stores in your area and pretty much try everywhere you can (you'd be surprised who's willing to help you).   Ask to talk to the owner about your trip give them your info on people to people and how most rely on their community to sponsor their trip.  This way they have a face and something in their hands to look at if they say they need to think about it.  A lot of local buisnesses are happy to help kids out.  Also, try making more card packs or other crafty things (change purses, felt pins) or have some people help you crochet washcloths (they seem to be a big seller and are cheap to make) and hit up the neighborhoods.  It's hard to say no to a kid who's standing at your door and selling handmade goods to fund something like this, it's also good to let them know how much this will cost and not have a set price and just ask for a donation, that way people don't feel pressured to give you a certain amount and some will likely give you more than you may have asked for.  Also remember to have info to give them so they know what they're donating for. You may also want to ask local buisnesses if you could leave some information and items in your their store and offer them a small percentage of the sales (here you could charge more since buyers will have time to think about the price).   People also love to hear about how your trip went, I offered to give a speech when I came back as a thank you for my church's help and sent some pictures, postcards or very small souveniers to others  if there's not too many people involved.  Basically talk to as many people as you can about your trip (even your parent's friends) you never know who might give you at least something to help out with the costs.  Good luck!/.
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