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Does anybody have a letter asking for funding ? ...(7 posts)

Does anybody have a letter asking for funding ? ...PeterRider
Mar 23, 2003 8:54 PM
... and wouldn't mind showing it to me ? We (4 people) are going to ask for a bit of funding from school in order to go to PBP. Don't really know what to say.

So if anybody has experience in this area, funding, sponsoring or whatever, I would like to take a look at a proposal, what format, what you've written, how it was oriented....

Thanks in advance,

How to win friends and influence people has a great letter in itSprint-Nick
Mar 24, 2003 3:29 AM
The book "How to Win Friends and Influence People" has a great letter in it. Its for a job but can easily be reworded for whatever purpose you need. Basically the whole format is how you can help them through them giving you money shifting the focus away from askingg for money. Its buried in the book so if I remember tomorrow I'll try to get it for you. Either way its a great book to read.

How to win friends and influence people has a great letter in itTower
Mar 24, 2003 5:05 AM
It IS a great book, as are all the other D.C. books!
hey Nick...PeterRider
Mar 24, 2003 9:13 AM
I've seen a proposal of yours, with the description of your team and resumes, in a .pdf... was nicely done ! you mind sending me the url again ? But mine cannot be as competition-oriented.

Heres the URLSprint-Nick
Mar 24, 2003 4:20 PM
Hey Pierre,

Thanks for the positive feedback! If you put something together like we did you may get sponsors just because they are so impressed with the ammount of work you put in. I know Mike got some stuff from Shimano just because the rep was so impressed with the ammount of work we put into our proposal. The only downside is at $12 Can a pop to print off it sucks when companies just chuck it out if you start to go that route.

The URL is . ts listed on my website under my bio. I believe the team proposal is teamproh.pdf or teamprol.pdf (smaller version) then mine is resume.doc. I also have my business card on there. And as always if you have any questions feel free to email me at nick (at)

Then as everyone on here who has taken the time to read How to Win Friends and Influence People they agree it is a must read book.

Nick, glad to see you're doing some good reading. (nm)brider
Mar 24, 2003 11:02 AM
No letter, but some thoughts . . .ms
Mar 24, 2003 6:18 AM
When I was in college I was on a board that funded student projects and since I have been in the real world, I have done fundraising for various organizations of which I am a member. Here are some tips based on my experience:

1. Research the funding criteria of the organization from which you are seeking funds. Usually a funder will have an application which states the criteria or some other written list. For example, does the organization require that a certain number of people participate in a project? Does the organization fund travel expenses (e.g., airfare) or entrance fees, but not living expenses (e.g., beer and wine)? Does the organization require that the project be sponsored by a "recognized" or "organized" student club or team? Does the project have to have an "educational" component or some other purpose (e.g., publicity for the institution).

2. If the funding process is not as formal as #1 would suggest or if you cannot find such information, try to find out about other projects that the school has funded for students.

3. Your proposal should try to ask for funding that fits into the criteria in #1 and #2.

4. You should have a budget that you can supply to the prospective funder. Most funders like to see that others (and you) are funding the project as well. Some funders like to match contributions or require that you put up a certain percentage.

5. You should expect to have some form of financial control imposed on you (e.g, have to give receipts for your expenditures to show that the money was spent for the intended purpose).

6. Find out who will be making the decision. Find out as much as you can about the decisionmaker. If you have friends or colleagues that know the decisionmaker, talk to them to find out what types of things would influence the decionmaker positively. If someone can put in a good word for you (e.g., you are a good guy, you will present a positive image for the school, etc.) it will go a long way to help your proposal.