Writing letters to community groups in your region, including Lions and Rotary, is a great way to get the ball rolling on fundraising for your Outward Bound course. Check out our top tips on how to approach potential funders.
Most funders will want to see evidence that you have booked your course before they consider your request. It's advisable that you've therefore made a booking before your approach them for funding.
Before putting pen to paper you should also strongly consider why you want to go on a course and what you would like to get out of it. Be prepared with the following information - it will make it easier when you come to asking for support:
Tell your potential funder about yourself including, name, age, the region you live in, who you live with and what you do e.g. student/work. Explain that you have enrolled on an Outward Bound course and are seeking funding support (enclose a copy of your registration letter to show that you are enrolled).
Give more details about the specific course enrolled in e.g. name of course, date and duration of the course and how much it costs. You might like to mention that Outward Bound is all about personal development, with a mission to create ‘better people, better communities, and a better world.’ You could even include some fast facts from our research about the impact of an Outward Bound course.
Explain why you want to go and how you, and your community, might benefit from your experience of attending Outward Bound. That might include gaining confidence to help you at school, challenging yourself to find your full potential or getting the push to help you take the next step at work.
Outline what you are doing to fundraise for your course and include the progress you have made so far. Be sure to include any planned fundraising activities that you have coming up and a little bit of detail about these activities. Here are some examples:
Thank them for their time and consideration. Mention that you would be happy to come and speak with the club and learn more about the club and how you may be able to help in the future. Be sure to include your contact details and the best way to get in touch with you.
Click the link below to take a look at the sample letter written by Outward Bound alumni Ella when she was seeking funding support.
We're here to help with your fundraising. If you need guidance on the funding process or writing a letter contact us on 0800 688 427 or firstname.lastname@example.org