Dear Riding4Reform participant!
On the following pages, you will find model letters intended for use in
soliciting sponsorships. Please read the following comments before you
start to write your own letters:
- We don't know the people you are writing to-you do! You should
certainly edit and adapt our suggested text to make it as effective as
possible for each individual recipient. The way you write to your doting
aunt (and the amount of money you ask for) will obviously be very
different from the way you write to college friends, colleagues, or
members of your synagogue or temple.
- The information and tone about Israel and about the Reform Movement
should be adjusted to meet the recipient's familiarity with these areas.
- The Web site you are in -
www.riding4reform.org contains lots of additional information you
can include in your letter. If you are writing to someone who's likely
to use the Internet, you can include the link in the letter so they can
find out more about the ride for themselves.
"The connections to the Land, the connections to the other
riders, and the connections to the IMPJ will now last a lifetime." (Rabbi Jerry Weider)
- Who can I ask? You probably know more people than you might
imagine! Don't forget to think about:
Follow-up is extremely important. Try to telephone each recipient
about three weeks after sending the letter, if you haven't heard from
- Close family members and more distant relatives (don't be
embarrassed to write to that cousin you haven't been in touch with
for several years -he will almost certainly be delighted.)
- College friends (again, add a short update on your personal news
if you haven't written to them for a while).
- Work and professional contacts.
- Members of your temple/synagogue.
- Your rabbi probably has a discretionary fund that he/she can use
to support you and the bike ride.
- Members of social clubs, sporting organizations, etc. in which
you are involved.
Sample letter 1; Sample letter 2
Thank you for your hard work and good luck.