How to Write a Meaningful Thank You
- Introduce Yourself
– Include your name, your major or desired course of study (if known). Provide additional background information if you are comfortable. Our donors love to hear your stories- even if it seems boring to you!
- Express Your Gratitude
– Write sincerely and authentically.
– BE GENERIC as gifts can go to a variety of funds (including scholarships, Emergency Fund, programs, etc.) and we may not be able to match a donor to your message if you are too specific.
Example: “Thank you so much for giving to Heritage. Your gift helps students like myself achieve the dream of a college degree.”
- Demonstrate the Impact
– Share how being a student at Heritage is impacting your life and what you enjoy most. Why you chose Heritage. Your major. Club/community service activities. Accomplishments, awards or honors you are proud of. Interests outside your studies.
- Look Forward
Share you plans for the future: trips, activities, graduation or prospective job. Example: “Upon completion of my studies, I plan to pursue a career in teaching.”
- Thank Again and Well Wishes
These will mail after January 1 so please avoid using holiday references.
Examples: “Thank you again for giving to Heritage.” “May you have a safe and happy New Year!”
- DO NOT close/sign your message.
We will automatically sign it for you with your name.
- Be clear and concise.
- Proofread your note.
- Letters that appear careless or with little content will not be eligible for credit.
- See below for a few examples.
- Introduce Yourself
WRITE YOUR THANK YOUS!
While you may be completing this exercise for credit, know that the words you write will very likely bring a smile to the recipient. Goodness knows, we could all use a kind gesture this year. Thank you in advance for taking the time to craft a thoughtful message.
Please try to write slightly different variations of these messages so that each thank you is unique.
If you have any questions about this project, please contact Erin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org.