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Sometimes you just need a little inspiration for fundraising thank you letters, so here are some thank you quotes from fundraising letters used to thank donors for their donations. This list of 51 fundraising thank you quotes was assembled by professional copywriter Alan Sharpe, an expert on fundraising appeal letters.

These quotes should provide the needed inspiration because they are quite creative and easily modified for your own use. Here’s what Alan had to say when thanking donors over the years for the many different charities he helps fundraise.

Fundraising Letter Thank You Quotes

One of the hardest jobs in fundraising is crafting original thank-you letters. You want to be thankful. But you also want to be fiscally responsible. You cannot afford to write a unique thank-you letter for each of the thousands of donations you receive each year.

Here are some ideas for keeping your appreciation original.

1. In response to your recent gift to MSF, I join with the people of Afghanistan in saying shúker, thank you, for your generosity.

2. We are so grateful to you for your recent gift—thanks!

3. I opened today’s mail and found your generous donation. Thanks!

4. Thank you for your donation.

5. I had to simply praise the Lord this morning when I received your gift in the mail. Bless you!

6. Thank you for supporting our Move The Mountain appeal with your gift of $50.

7. Thank you for renewing your support. Here’s how we are using your gift already .. .

8. Your gift of $100 arrived today and will soon be hard at work, helping us provide fresh drinking water to the people of Nanbitu. Thanks.

9. Thank you for your continued, faithful support of our hospital.

10. I have to admit I am overjoyed by your recent generosity. Thank you for your donation of . . .

11. What a delight it was for all of us here at The Wethered Street Mission to learn that you have included us in your Will. May the Lord reward you richly for remembering the poor and destitute with your bequest!

12. Two wonderful things happened this week. We won the Nobel Peace Prize. And we received your gift of $2,000. Thanks! I know the recognition that we treasure the most. It’s your . . .

13. Thank you for your generous grant of $20,000 for our Brighten Up Campaign.

14. I greatly appreciate your kindness to our ministry.

15. Someone has said that the Inuit of Canada’s North have over 100 words for snow. I wish there were that many for thank you, because I’d use every one of them in this letter.

16. We received your cheque today. What a blessing!

17.  I put the phone down just now after talking with you, and simply had to put in writing how excited we all are to be receiving your grant for $100,000 toward our Living Hope Campaign.

18.Simply put, if it wasn’t for faithful supporters like you, we wouldn’t exist. So thank you for supplying the funds that we need to make a difference in the lives of teenagers who struggle with eating disorders right here in our own city.

19. For your generosity, I thank you.

20. Your gift of August 16, 2005 raised our spirits. Thanks to your generosity, we are now able to …

21. Your tax-free donation reminds me of how much we depend on your generosity and moral support to accomplish our mission.22. Thank you for your gift. I did the math, and your kind gesture will help us lay 550 brick in our new school project in Bolivia.

So I thank you today. The children will thank you in January!

23. Thank you for your bequest. It touched our hearts to know that …

24. Two things thrill me about your recent gift to Thorburn College. One is your generosity. And the other is your continued faith in our mandate.

25. Your gift, which arrived this morning, will help us plant 200 trees along the Pacific Coast.

Thank you so much!26. I was looking through our files the other day and realized that you have been supporting our group for 20 years come the end of this month. So this is a personal letter from me, and from the people we serve, thanking you for your faithfulness.

27.  I suppose the word is “gratified.” We are gratified that you believe in our work enough to give us a grant. Thank you for your trust in us.

28. This is just a quick note, but it comes from my heart as I head out the door for my flight to India. Thank you for your recent gift. Your generosity will make an immediate difference in the lives of mothers in Calcutta. I am going to make sure of that, and to keep you up to date on . ..

29. “Use where needed most.” Those four words on your recent cheque have changed the life of one youngster forever. His name is Ahmed. And he is no longer blind, thanks to you.

30.  The Bible says that the Lord loves a cheerful giver. And so do we! Thanks for your kind donation to our annual Beat The Streets Campaign.

31. Billy K. is serving life in San Quintin and can’t thank you for your gift to our ministry. But I can, because I met with Billy yesterday. Your gift touched his heart.

Here is what he said by way of thanks.32. For your gift, for your prayers and for your steadfast commitment to the work of the Lord in Nepal, I thank you.

33. I shared Thanksgiving Dinner with 100 wonderful street people last night, thanks to your generosity. See the enclosed photographs.

34. Martin Luther said that if you want to change the world you should pick up your pen. I see from this morning’s mail that you picked up your pen last Friday. Your gift has changed the world of one single mother here in Brisbane, who I will call Sally.

35. I showed your recent gift to the Head of Obstetrics, and you should have seen her reaction! She almost fainted in the lobby, she shrieked so loud!

36. Samantha loves her mom. She loves her bike. And she loves the person who saved her life. You. Because of your gift, we were able to buy Samantha a new . . .

37. You are a treasure to us all. Thanks again for standing with us.

38. Thanks to your kindness and generosity, one hundred blankets are being loaded on a plane as I write, headed for the New Hope Orphanage in Johannesburg. They have warmed many hearts around here already, because of you.

39. Thanks again for your gift. You are an example to us of a true servant spirit, esteeming others more than yourself, and putting Kingdom priorities ahead of your own.

40. I must dash. Let me conclude with a final heartfelt THANK YOU for remembering our friends who live with disabilities.

41. Next time you are driving down Princess Street, please take a look at the new wheelchair entrance to our food bank, and our guests who are using it, thanks to your generosity and commitment to our work.

42. You’ll see that everyone here at the office has signed this thank-you letter. That’s because we are so amazed by your faithful support over the years.

43. We are humbled by your recent expression of support for our work. Thank you.

44. I have a tune running through my mind as I am writing this thank-you letter to you. I learned it at camp. You probably did, too. Your gift brought it to mind, your generous gift.

45. When we started our Run For Their Lives campaign last year, some people said we would never meet our goal. But they did not figure you into their thinking, or your generosity. Because, thanks to your gifts this year, we have not only met our goal. We’ve surpassed it. Thanks!

46. Someone once said that whatever we possess becomes of double value when we share it with others. Looking around me at the difference your financial support has made to our organization, I know that to be true. So I’m writing you this brief note to express my thanks, our thanks, for you and for your donations in recent months.

47. Have you ever wondered if your gift to our ministry would arrive at a crucial time, and save the day, as it were? Well, I know that your gift of $100 did this week. Let me explain how.

48. Your gift of $5 put a smile on a boy’s face yesterday. I was there to witness it myself. Here’s what happened.

49. A friend of mine used to say that we should hem our blessings with gratitude lest they unravel. So this letter is my way of putting a hem around the generous gift you sent us last week. I don’t want to ever forget it.

50. The nice thing about writing thank-you letters is that we are blessed twice. Once when we receive your gift, and again when we remember it in writing. I hope you are doubly blessed in the giving. You will be, when I describe the difference your gift is making in our . . .

51. Thank you for your gift.

The last thank you quote is short, but sweet. It always strikes the right chord and it’s something we don’t say often enough to other people. I hope you find these 51 ways to say thank you in a fundraising letter useful.

You can find more appeal letter tips from Alan Sharpe on his website sharpecopy.com.

Fundraising Letter Tips

Sample Fundraising Thank You Letter – Here are some tips on how to say thanks to your donors, plus a sample fundraising thank you letter you can copy.

How to Write Fundraising Letters That Motivate Donors – Motivating strangers to give their money away is one of the hardest jobs around. It’s difficult to do face to face. And it’s even harder to do by mail.

Successful Fundraising Letters Share Eight Qualities – If you want your next fundraising letter to be successful and effective, there are certain nuances you must master to achieve the right results.

Don’t Start Your Fundraising Letters As A Stranger – One of the things you should never do with your fundraising letters is address them to Dear Friend because it can cost you literally thousands of dollars in lost donations.

Write Fundraising Letters That Donors Can’t Resist – Master copywriter Alan Sharpe offers practical advice to non-profit groups for boosting the results of your appeal letters.

How To Write A Fundraising Letter – Advice and tips on what works and what doesn’t when writing donation request letters.

How To Write Fundraising Letters – Here are detailed instructions on how to write great fundraising letters from salutation to postscript, including a sample letter to get you started.

Fundraising Letter Sample Template – This sample fundraising letter template offers examples of a specific method of asking for money, including providing a quick psychological justification for a positive response.

Where To Find Creative Ideas For Your Appeal Letters – Creativity is key for keeping your fundraising letters fresh and bringing in sufficient donations. So, where do you find creative ideas for your appeals? The answer, surprisingly, is right under your nose.

Using Fundraising Letters For Donor Acquisition – You can grow your donor base by using fundraising letters for donor acquisition as well as for seeking donations. Donor acquisition letters should be a key component of any long-term fundraising campaign because it is inevitable that you will lose some of your existing donors over time and you will need to replace them with new donors.

These monthly giving thank you letter templates will save your staff time in telling your If you're working with a lean nonprofit team, consistent.

Looking for a donor thank-you letter template? We can help!

Writing sincere thank-you letters is the first step to great donor retention. But getting started can be tough!

That’s we put together this donor thank-you letter template. We’ll show you a thank-you letter we wrote for our (fictional!) nonprofit. Then we’ll break down the structure and tell you why it works.

For this exercise, I’m pretending I’ve made a donation to a local community garden that donates its produce to local families.

Ready?


A Great Donor Thank-You Letter

Dear Abby,

When Catherine left the Green House’s produce stand yesterday, her arms were full of bags containing fresh food she otherwise couldn’t afford. Thanks to donors like you, Catherine and her family will have fresh, healthy food this week… and for weeks to come. Your support is helping fill bellies and build health in our community!

In the upcoming weeks, your gift will pay for gardening supplies, plant food, and water that we use to grow food for families in Lakeland. You’re making this service possible! 

If you want to see your support at work, come visit us! We’re at the Lakeland Curbside Market Saturdays between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., or you can stop by our greenhouses. We’d love to give you a tour and show you how you’re helping. We’ll also be sure to send you an update about how we’ve used your gift and how it’s making life easier for local families.

Thank you for working with us. Families like Catherine’s have access to healthy food because of your generosity. You’ve given her the gift of food security — and that’s priceless!

Thank you again,

Sarah S.
Executive Director


Anatomy of a Great Thank-You Letter

There are a few important best practices that are reflected in this thank-you letter. Here’s a quick breakdown!

1. This thank-you letter focuses on the donor

A great thank-you letter is a thank you letter — it’s not a platform or a soapbox or an appeal. You wouldn’t write a thank-you note to your great-aunt Millie and talk about how fantastic you are… so don’t write a thank-you letter to a donor and talk about yourself. You also wouldn’t ask great-aunt Millie for a second birthday gift; don’t make an appeal in your donor thank-you letter, either. Focus on thanking your donor, telling them they made a difference, and making them feel like a hero for helping. That’s it.

2. This thank-you letter uses a story

Donors are people who are motivated by helping other people. If you tell a donor how they made a difference in the world, they’ll probably think “Eh, that’s nice” and move on. Tell a donor that they made a difference to a person with a name and a face, and they’re hooked. When you can, share stories in your thank-yous. Your donors want to know they’re changing peoples’ lives. Give your donors what they want!

3. This thank-you letter uses a picture

If this was a real thank-you letter sent to a real donor, I’d have a real photo of Catherine at the farmer’s market instead of a picture I pulled from Flickr (NOTE: their creative commons options are a great place for nonprofits to find good images). Your photo should somehow relate to the content of your email. It makes the email more interesting visually and helps donors imagine the people they’re helping.

4. This thank-you letter gives donors a way to connect

Good fundraisers raise money. The best fundraisers build relationships with their donors.

A donation is an indicator that someone believes in your work and wants to help. Keep them involved! Since you’re not going to keep them involved by asking for another donation (Right? RIGHT??), you’ll want to give them other ways to connect.

You don’t have to offer facility tours or visits like I did in this letter. You can tell them about volunteer opportunities, ask them to like you on Facebook, or ask them to share stories with friends. The possibilities are endless! Just find a way for donors to connect with the work you’re doing in the community. They’ve shown you that they care about your mission; let them help you!

5. This thank-you letter leaves the door open for more communication

Donors want to know their support makes a difference. Tell your donors you’ll send them an update about how you used their gift… and then follow up!

 


A Donor Thank-You Letter Template

Here’s a quick template that will help you put together a fantastic donor thank-you letter.

In the greeting:

Always include a personal greeting. You decide how formal it is; you can say “Mrs. Jarvis” or just call the donor by their first name. But make it personal! Nothing makes a thank-you seem insincere like addressing it to “Valued Donor,” “Sir or Madam,” or anything else that’s stiff or awkward.

In the first paragraph:

Tell your donor a story. Show them who they helped. If you can include a picture, that’s fantastic; if you can’t, paint a picture with your words! Thank your donor and tell them how they’re helping the person or people in your story. Starting your letter with a story draws the donor in and helps them understand the real-life impact their gift makes.

In the second paragraph:

Share specific details about a donor’s gift will impact the work you’re doing. This is easiest if a donor gave to a specific campaign or restricted fund. If they gave to an annual campaign, you can be a little more broad in your description. But remember, donors are people who want to help other people. Telling them specifically how their money will help people will reassure them they made a wise decision when they gave.

In the third paragraph:

Give your donors an opportunity to connect with you. When they made the decision to donate, they indicated a desire to engage in your work. Keep that engagement alive! It’s important to remember that this is a thank-you letter — don’t ask them to engage by making another donation. Invite them to volunteer, visit, or interact on social media instead.

In the closing:

Thank them again! Reiterate the impact they made. Set the stage for a future relationship. And then make sure you follow up in the upcoming weeks.


Writing a donor thank-you letter doesn’t have to be hard. We hope this example, breakdown, and template help you write a donor thank-you letter that inspires and delights your donors.

If you want to keep learning about how this kind of communication impacts your donors, check out our recent article on how to make the most of your donation receipt.

Note: Farmer’s Market photo courtesy of Chris Schrier

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To show your donors that you appreciate their efforts, send a thank you letter immediately after receiving a donation. You can refer to sample thank you letter templates as a guide for preparing your letters.

Monetary Contribution Thank You

The donation letter thank you template can be sent to those who have given monetary contributions to your organization. It should be sent immediately after you receive the donation. If you need help downloading the templates, check out helpful Adobe tips.

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Gift In-Kind Donation Template

Another type of donation that may be given to your organization is a gift in-kind. This type of donation is where a business or individual provides an item or service to an organization. The in-kind donation template can be sent to those who have volunteered their time or donated a product to your charity.

Information to Include

Using a donation thank you letter template can help you when drafting a letter of your own. When you're changing the document to make it unique to your organization make sure that you identify:

  • Type of gift that was received
  • Value of the gift
  • Date the gift was given

Special Touches

When you send a thank you note, tailor the letter to make it personal to the donors. If you know the donor personally, include a handwritten message at the bottom of the letter for a special touch. If you receive a significantly large donation, consider making a phone call or personally inviting the individual to spend time with you or the organization. Thanking donors is a way to keep them involved with your cause and reminding them that their efforts are greatly appreciated and needed.

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Donation Thank You Letter Template

If your organization receives funding of any type, following up with a thank you letter is a must. Strengthening relationships with donors by sending out a thank you letter will not only help secure future funding but will give the donor a way to know that you appreciate their support. Letters also serve as a record of a gift and can often be used for tax purposes.

Printable Donation Thank You Letters

Many organizations receive donations for their various efforts throughout the year. The attached printable thank you for donation letters can be saved to your desktop or printed out then used as needed. They can serve as a helpful guide when preparing your own organization's thank you letters and will be useful when thanking those who have supported your mission. If you need help downloading the letters, check out these helpful tips.

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Donor Donation Thank You Letter

One of the most basic and perhaps most used types of donation thank you letters is the thank you letter for a financial donation. The attached thank you for your financial donation letter can be sent as soon as you receive a charitable donation. It basically thanks the donor for their contribution and leaves the door open for future opportunities to connect. It can also be used for tax-purposes and serves as a record for your contribution.

Sponsorship Thank You Letter

Another common type of donation is a sponsorship. Many businesses and individuals decide to sponsor a special event and contribute financially to do so. The attached thank you for your sponsorship letter can be sent to those who have sponsored your organization's event. This type of letter details the amount of the donation as well as any benefits that are given in exchange for the sponsorship such as tickets to the event being sponsored or recognition.

Attendance Thank You Letter

After holding a special event, organizations send thank you letters to those who have attended the event. The attached thank you for attending a special event letter can be sent to anyone who has attended a charity benefit and has contributed money to do so. This type of letter should include the date of the event and what portion of the donation is tax-deductible. It can also mention any future events and can be used for tax purposes.

Business Contribution Thank You Letter

Don't forget to thank any businesses that donate to your cause. The attached corporate thank you letter can be sent to businesses that have sent in a contribution to your organization. It is a great way for your organization to express appreciation and to provide the business with a record of the donation.

Basic Thank You Letter Anatomy

When you're looking at the various donation letter templates, keep in mind that all letters should contain the same basic information. Some points to keep in mind include:

  • Make a personal connection to your work.
  • Show the donor how their funds are being used.
  • Create a vision for your mission.
  • Give a glimpse of where you're going.

If you plan to combine your thank you letter with a receipt, make sure that you also include all of the information that needs to be present in a charitable donation receipt.

Tips for Writing Creative Donation Thank You Letters

Thank you letters for donations can be either formal and business-like or fun and creative depending on your organization's purpose and the letter recipients. For example, if you're sending out thank yous to corporate sponsors for a cancer research fundraiser, you'd want to go more formal. However, if you're sending out thank yous to corporate sponsors for a youth sports program, you can make them a little more fun. Know your brand and your audience, then decide what kind of creativity is appropriate.

Use a Fun Theme

Using a fun corporate theme can help your donation letter stand out because it will feel cohesive, tied to your unique event or organization, and be memorable to those who may receive a lot of standard letters. Pick a theme that matches your organization or event such as paw prints for an animal shelter. Incorporate the theme into your design, format, font, wording, envelopes, and stamps (if possible) for a coordinated and memorable look.

Go Beyond Basic White Paper

Skip the standard copy paper and give your donation letter a unique look with fun paper design options.

  • Use paper that is the same color as one found in your logo so it's easily identified as from you.
  • Add a watermark logo to the background of the letter for visual appeal in a formal way.
  • Create a cool border around the letter like little hand emojis such as the thumbs up, clap, and pointing finger as a silent gesture of gratitude.
  • Choose colored envelopes that contrast with your letter paper.

Get Creative With Delivery

Your letter doesn't have to be a spectacle if your delivery message is. Make the receipt of a letter memorable by choosing uncommon delivery methods.

  • Use paper folding techniques like origami to fold the letters into creative shapes before handing them out in person.
  • Have each letter delivered as a singing telegram.
  • Put the letters in thin gift boxes or another fun vessel before shipping.
  • Include a company magnet, free coupon, or other small, simple freebie that will drop out when they open the letter so they can keep you in mind all year long.
  • Secure the letter with ribbon to make it look like an inviting gift.

Personalize Each Letter

Make sure your letters feel more personal than a form thank you letter by adding custom elements for each recipient.

  • Sign each letter by hand with different colored pen.
  • Add a photograph of the recipient interacting with your company or event.
  • Work together with other employees to hand write each letter in its entirety.

Build Positive Donor Relationships

With the right thank you letters, you can cultivate relationships with donors that last for years. Letter recipients will be able to tell how sincere your thanks are based on the look and wording, so put a lot of time and effort into making them really thoughtful.

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The attached printable thank you for donation letters can be saved to your desktop or printed out then used as needed. They can serve as a helpful guide when.

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