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How To Say Thank You!




Feeling a tad awkward about drafting a thank you note? Is the procrastination driven by emotional overload or perhaps uncertainty on where to begin?

Let me guide you through it.


Start with a Heartfelt Opening

In any letter, brevity is key in the opening paragraph, especially when it’s directed to someone you’re acknowledging.


The focal point? That someone took the time and effort to send a gift, not the gift itself. You’re expressing gratitude for their thoughtfulness, not the monetary value.

Consider highlighting the impact their generosity has had right from the start.


For instance:

"Because of your kindness, Hannah now has a place to call home."

It's instantly more personal than a generic institutional thank you.


Details and Impact in the Following Sections

This part allows you to specify the gift's details, such as the amount and the date, which is practical for donors tracking their contributions for financial reasons. More importantly, reconnect their donation to its impact. Personalize the narrative by sharing your genuine reaction to their generosity. It’s vital to convey warmth and gratitude, irrespective of the gift’s size, to foster a sense of valued contribution.


Concluding with a Story

The conclusion offers a perfect opportunity to illustrate the tangible outcomes of their gift. Share a specific example of the change their generosity has fostered. This part of the letter personalizes the impact, making it clear that their contribution has made a difference.


Signing Off

Who signs the letter matters, with preference given to high-ranking officials within the organization for added weight. However, timeliness is crucial to maintain the sincerity of your thanks. If necessary, and with the right permissions, a proxy signature may be used to ensure prompt delivery.


Don’t Forget the P.S.

The postscript is a prime spot to underscore your thanks and the difference their gift has made. A handwritten note here can add a personal touch that resonates deeply with the donor.


Anticipating Your Concerns:

  • Is an emailed receipt sufficient? While it might seem practical, a personalized letter significantly enhances donor relations, conveying a deeper level of appreciation.

  • What about digital letters due to postage costs? Digital acknowledgments are acceptable, especially for online donations. Yet, a physical letter often holds more emotional value.

  • Can AI craft my thank you note? While AI is a powerful tool, it lacks the personal touch essential for a heartfelt thank you. Personalization is key in making donors feel genuinely appreciated.

Remember, a sincere thank you can fortify relationships with your donors, encouraging ongoing support. For further insights, the works of Lisa Sargent and Pamela Grow are invaluable resources, offering deep dives into the art of expressing gratitude.


P.S. Never underestimate the power of a well-crafted thank you letter. It's more than manners; it's about making every donor feel uniquely valued.

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