There are sponsors waiting for you to ask for support. Ask your school counselor or nominating teacher for ideas. If your counselor or teacher is willing to write a letter of endorsement, include copies of it with your letter. Such letters give strength and substance to your request.
As you seek sponsorship, keep in mind the following:
- Most people like to be asked for sponsorships. It shows you have enough faith in their generosity and sensitivity to risk asking them to sponsor you.
- Know what it is you are requesting. Look through our website to learn about the program. If you or sponsors have questions, contact Education in Action.
- Offer to make a presentation to your sponsor(s) about the information you learned while attending the program.
- Show potential sponsors your respect for them and the time they are allowing you - make an appointment to meet with them, at their convenience. Be punctual and do not take more time than is necessary.
- When writing to potential sponsors double-check the spelling of their names and job titles.
- Always send a personal thank you note after a meeting even if you do not receive a sponsorship.
- Do not be discouraged if you don't receive a sponsorship from everyone you ask. People who do not sponsor you with financial aid may provide names of others who can help.
Education in Action suggests a three-part formula for corresponding with sponsors:
1. An introductory letter - The letter introduces you, the Lone Star Leadership Academy, and your needs. It is also a means for potential sponsors to help a young leader in a worthy pursuit. Here is a Sponsorship Request Letter Template to help you get started.
2. A follow-up phone call to set an appointment.
3. A thank you note
Possible sponsors include: Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, Kiwanis Clubs, Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Posts, Chambers of Commerce, League of Women Voters, Business and Professional Women, local political organizations, church groups, local banks, PTAs, local businesses, law firms, your school district's Education Foundation, schools and your school board.
This is not meant to be a comprehensive list. It should help you think of organizations in your area that are potential sponsors. If your sponsorship request activities have not produced enough money to allow you to participate, we may be able to suggest ways to redirect your efforts. You can reach our office at 817-562-4957.
Possible Funding Organization Links: (Look on these websites to locate local chapters.) Your local Chamber of Commerce is also a great resource to locate helpful organizations.
Gannett Co., Inc. serves local organizations in those communities in which Gannett Co., Inc. has a local daily newspaper or television station. The program makes contributions through grants, education, health and advancement of the people who live in Gannett communities.
"Founded in 1915... Kiwanis International is a thriving organization of serivce-and community-minded individuals who support children and young adults around the world."
"The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy."
Supports the History and Spirit of Texas and Texas Holidays
"The VFW Foundation is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization that relies on public donations to support programs that promote citizenship education and volunteerism...."