How to Write a Letter to a Benefactor

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How to Write a Letter to a Benefactor
Benefactors can give students the chance for success. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A benefactor is someone that helps you out financially. For example, a benefactor may have assisted you with paying for your education in the form of scholarship funds. A letter to your benefactor once these funds have been given will help show your gratitude and gives you a simple, thoughtful way of letting the benefactor know how much you appreciate what they have done for you. There are a few key sections that should be included in the letter to your benefactor.

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  1. 1

    Add your name and address to the upper left-hand corner of the letter to your benefactor.

  2. 2

    Include the benefactor's address either beside or beneath your own.

  3. 3

    Address the letter to the benefactor using the name you would normally use. For example, if your benefactor is not someone you know personally, use a formal title, such as "Dear Mr. Jones." However, if your benefactor is also your aunt, you can be more informal, such as "Dear Aunt Sally."

  4. 4

    Express your gratitude by thanking your benefactor in the very first paragraph. This should be the first thing you state in your letter.

  5. 5

    Give more information about how the benefactor has helped, as well as some background information about yourself when relevant, in the second paragraph. For example, you can talk about what university you're attending. Personal details, such as you're the first person in your family to attend college, are also a nice touch.

  6. 6

    Explain the long-term effect your benefactor's generosity will have on your life. For example, a benefactor that funds your education allows you to pursue your career goals.

  7. 7

    Thank your benefactor a second time before closing the letter. Sign your name at the bottom of the letter.

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