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How to Write a Fundraising Letter
Whether you’re approaching donations for an individual cause or for your organization, the process of writing a fundraising letter is not a small task. This is your opportunity to reach the people who can help you meet your goals, so don’t waste it with a lackluster letter that falls short.
Overview of Fundraising Letters
The purpose of a fundraising letter is to convince potential donors of the validity and importance of your cause. Fundraising letters have three parts that work together to get the job done. The introduction is where you reach out and grab your readers. Try a direct question or tell an engaging story that highlights past achievements. Next, you’ll segue into a succinct description of your cause and why you or your organization has a need. Be direct and suggest a few donation amounts and what each level will achieve. You can also mention what will happen if donors fail to act. Close with a word of thanks, assuming that your recipients will donate.
Chasing Non-Profit Foundation Grants
Non-profits are forced to appeal to donors for revenue to keep ventures afloat. As you write a fundraising letter to fund your non-profit needs, you’ll need to craft engaging letters.
Strive to make a connection with your potential donors, whenever possible, by mentioning issues or challenges you have in common.
Introduce your cause and needs with specific details. This shows your diligence and that you’ve taken the time to research the entire project.
Provide easy methods for contacting you to discuss a donation.
Hints for Club Fundraising
When your fundraising is to support a club or group, tweak it a little to achieve your goals.
Personalize the letter for each individual or corporation you approach.
Outline the program or goal you’re presenting, and provide details about what your club wants to do and why it’s important. Include specific information about an event, if applicable, such as monetary goals, dates and activities.
Invite a follow-up meeting to further discuss the project.
When the stakes are high, you’ve got to up your ante a bit with a compelling letter that will spur people to act.
Write a direct and personal letter from you (as an individual or representing your organization) to your recipient.
Skip the boring figures and charts and tell an engaging story instead. Choose one successful case that you can highlight. Include riveting details that really drive home your cause or project.
Tips for Writing Your Best Fundraising Letter
Your overall goal with a fundraising letter is to give your recipients a reason to donate after they read your message. Creating a sense of urgency helps you move people to action, so don’t be afraid to mention a deadline or a budget period.
Create a readable letter with short paragraphs, bullet points, subheads and lots of white space. Make the letter scannable with a few underlined phrases and keywords. Use simple English, short sentences and minimal adjectives and adverbs.
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All children in Year 6 take a KS2 Writing Assessment as part of their KS2 SATs .
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Grade 6 Writing Activities
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By Grade 6, you might start to feel some resistance towards writing in favour of other activities, like video games, as your child becomes more independent. Use these writing activities to break that resistance and get your child writing!
1. The Alien Interview
This exercise is always popular with young writers as it activates their imagination. They will need to think outside of the box to come up with open ended questions to find out about a world that they know nothing about. There is also an element of drama involved which inspires children to open up and practice their speaking skills. Simply follow these steps to carry out the activity with your children:
- Step 1: Ask children to write 10 questions that they would like to ask an alien about their planet and way of life.
- Step 2: Share questions with the group allowing children that may be struggling a chance to borrow ideas from others.
- Step 3: Find each child a partner. Assign one child the role of ‘alien’ and the other child ‘interviewer’.
- Step 4: The interviewer asks their questions and notes down the answers along the way.
- Step 5: Leave some time at the end of the session to share some of the most interesting questions and answers.
2. Amazing News Reports
Budding young reporters will enjoy this challenge. Provide your child with some crazy, funny and interesting newspaper headlines. Then ask them to write the story all about what happened. As it is a news report, you can remind them to ensure they include the five W’s (What, Where, Who, Why, When). Here are a few examples of crazy news articles you could supply…
3. Think, Write, Pass!
This activity is a great way to get your sixth-grade children collaborating and working in teams to write stories. It can also throw up some interesting and often humorous results. As we all know, children learn best when they are engaged and enjoying activities!
Start by arranging children into groups of 5 or 6. Then, supply each child with a different story prompt. Invite each child to spend five minutes writing the opening paragraph of the story. When the time is up, ask them to pass their writing one space to their right. Continue this until the story has made its way completely around the table and it has arrived back to the original spot. The children then take turns to read the story aloud that they started to their fellow teammates. Children can vote on the one they enjoyed the most!
4. Time Capsule
Challenge your child to think of an object or possession that they would like to put into a time capsule. The object should be something that they believe people 100 years in the future would not know how to use.
Once they have decided on the object, they will need to now write instructions for how it was used in the 2020’s and state why it was important to them.
5. Top Five!
A great way to personalize the writing experience is to ask children to write about things they love and are passionate about. To set up this activity, begin by asking children to think about their ‘top five’ on a topic of your choice (books, films, music, sports etc.). Everyone should now make their list and then share it with the group. You can invite children to defend their choices and spark debate amongst the group. This is a great way of getting children to start using the language they’ll need for the upcoming written activity.
Once the time sharing ideas is complete, it’s time for the real writing to begin. Children should write a short blurb and review about each item on their list. You can use popular film and music review websites to help set up the format for this type of writing. Your children are sure to have fun with this activity!
6. Fact or Fiction
Sometimes a little choice is all it takes to inspire young writers. By giving them a choice between two different writing prompts or genres can be all it takes to get the best out of them. To get this activity up and running, simply display two different writing options for your child to choose between. One prompt should be story inspiration whereas the other option should be a factual prompt on a topic they know well.
7. Sports Reporter
This is a simple activity that can spark interest in some of the most reluctant writers in your group. Most children at this age have an interest in a particular sport. You can harness this topic of interest and turn it into a positive writing activity. Simply challenge children to take notes on a match or game that they watch over the coming week. This could be at a professional level or even a game in the school gym. Ask children to focus on the main highlights in the game (what happened, who won, star players etc.). Then invite them to bring these notes along to class in order to write up their full-length report.
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Creative Writing Tasks for KS2 Students
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Write at least 2 pages using the following title.
In your writing you could:
- Explain the situation;
- Describe the thoughts and feelings of the person or people involved;
- Try to make your reader share the experience through your choice of words and sentences.
PLAN YOUR ANSWER!
In your writing you should:
- Make your writing interesting for your reader – use verbs, adverbs and adjectives to achieve effects;
- Present your ideas clearly, organising your writing into paragraphs;
- Write using accurate grammar, spelling and punctuation;
- Include an interesting beginning and ending for your writing.
In your writing, try to use the following:
Task: To complete a piece of creative writing.
What you need to do: Choose from one of the following story starters/writing prompts. You can write in any type of genre: A letter, a poem, a story, a short story, a play, a blog, a diary, a newspaper report, persuasive writing Remember that you need to include some powerful vocabulary but just start writing and have fun!
You’re digging in your garden and find a fist-sized nugget of gold.
The asteroid was hurtling straight for Earth…
There’s a guy sitting on a park bench reading a newspaper…
He turned the key in the lock and opened the door. To his horror, he saw…
Silvery flakes drifted down, glittering in the bright light of the harvest moon. The blackbird swooped down…
The detective saw his opportunity. He grabbed the waitress’s arm and said…
There are three children sitting on a log near a stream. One of them looks up at the sky and says…
You find a door at the end of the garden. What do you do?
And you thought dragons didn’t exist…
Write about nature.
You walk into your house and it’s completely different — furniture, decor, all changed. And nobody’s home.
Write about one (or both) of your parents. Start with “I was born…”
The most beautiful smile I ever saw…
Here is a poem using metaphors about James Bond
He is a bar of dark chocolate,
A smooth black cat’s coat,
An exotic fruit cocktail,
A silver Porsche disappearing into the distance.
He is a plate of caviar,
A blade on a knife,
A frothy cappuccino,
A piece of black silk.
He is a midnight alarm,
A tiger disguised as a pussycat,
A jet plane,
A perfect day.
Your task is to write a poem in the same style about either a fictional character or a celebrity. It could be about a character from a book or film. It could be a celebrity from sport, the music industry, the film industry or even the Royal family.
Think about these questions and write some interesting metaphors: What do they look like? What do they do? What are they famous for? What is their character like?
How to Play a Favourite Game
our school has been asked to make a book of instructions for children’s favourite games. These might be games you play at home or school. It could be a game you enjoy playing with your friends. It must not be a game you play on the computer.
Your task is to write a set of exact instructions to explain how to play your favourite game. Remember, the person who will be reading your instructions will never have played this game before.
Planning ideas - Title of the game, equipment needed, aim of the game, step-by-step details
The Electric Skateboard
You have been asked to promote a new type of skateboard. It is powered by an electric motor and has rechargeable batteries. It is operated from a wireless hand controller.
Your task is to write a persuasive article for a parent’s magazine explaining the functions and advantages of the electric skateboard. You need to make it sound like the best Christmas present any child could ever want!
What are its uses? How is it unique? Why is it fun? Cost and maintenence? Features?
Collect words and phrases to help you persuade parents to buy this skateboard.
A group of friends, who are slightly older than you, have asked if you can come to town on Saturday. Your parents are not keen for you to go. Continue the play script below
(Emma and Mum are in the kitchen.)
Emma: Mum! Anna and Henna are going to town on Saturday. They asked if I could go too. Is that O.K.?
(Mum has a concerned look on her face.)
Mum: I don’t think so dear, you’re much too young.
Emma: But Mum, I’ll be fine.
(Dad enters the room.)
Dad: What are you two talking about?
Planning ideas - Think about the characters in the play. What are they like? What are the arguments for and against Emma going to town?
One evening you go to your computer and accidentally press one of the keys you have never pressed before. Suddenly you are transported into a different time! Your task is to write about where you travel to, what the place is like, who you meet and how you manage to get home again.
Where did you travel to and what form did your transport/journey take? (Remember: You can travel back or forwards in time.) What is the place you visit like? Who do you meet? What are they like? How do you manage to get back home?
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How to help at home
There are lots of ways you can help your Year 6 child with writing. Here are our top ideas.
1. Read to your child
While children do learn new language and ideas from speaking and listening, the type of language we use in writing is often very different from that in speech. Reading regularly to your child, especially longer chapter books that they might not be able to yet read independently, is a great way to support their writing.
When you are reading together, look at how authors use different techniques for effect. For example, how do they show excitement or build a sense of tension? How do they make use of interesting language, such as metaphors or similes?
For books to read with your child, take a look at our free eBook library .
2. Have your child to read to you
Even though your child may be able to read independently now, making time to hear them read is great for their reading development. Also, by frequently seeing words in print, they will be able to see how different words (and the punctuation and grammar that join them) are used to share meaning.
When you read, occasionally look at the punctuation and talk about what it is telling the reader to do. Show your child how a question mark tells you to raise your voice at the end of the sentence to indicate a question being asked.
Explore how you can show the ‘feeling’ behind an exclamation mark. Are the characters shouting? Has something unexpected happened? Has something gone wrong?
3. Try some real-world writing
Writing at home can be a great way of practising writing, including using grammar and punctuation to create particular effects. Here are some ideas to encourage regular writing:
- Create a story about a space adventurer with strange planetary systems to explore. Every week or month, your child could write about a new chapter about a different planet. Before long, the chapters will have built into a book they can be really proud of.
- Write an A-to-Z. It could be based on anything your child is interested in – animals, space, dinosaurs, fairies, even their favourite TV programme. A page for each letter of the alphabet gives you 26 short pieces of writing spread over the year that build into one big project.
- Produce a version of a book for a younger child. For example, they could write The Rhino Who Came to Tea or The Very Hungry Angler Fish . Books with a distinctive format such as The Day the Crayons Quit or The Last Polar Bears are perfect for this.
- Write the book of a film or TV programme. If children have watched something they’ve really enjoyed, they could try and tell the same story in writing. Watching the story on screen can give them a useful frame to hang their own writing on.
- While writing using a pen and pencil is useful practice, writing on the computer counts too. You might want to turn the spelling and grammar check off to help children to learn to confidently use their own knowledge. The grammar check can be wrong, too, so this can be confusing for children.
4. Tell stories aloud
Giving your child the opportunity to tell stories orally is a great way to get them used to structuring their ideas and using adventurous language. If they’re not sure where to start, see if they can retell a story that they already know well. Our Traditional tale titles activity sheet has some fun ideas for retelling old stories.
If your child finds it useful to plan out their story first, try our free Story mountain to make a great plot with a beginning, middle, and end. Your child might also enjoy reciting poetry – see if your child can memorise and perform ‘Who has seen the wind?’ with our Perform a poem activity sheet .
Activity: Story mountain
Activity: Perform a poem
Read the poem, talk about what it means, and perform it to an audience.
5. Find story inspiration
You can find fun story ideas anywhere! Why not raid your kitchen cupboards or hunt through the attic to find lost treasures? Anything from an old hat to a telescope will do the trick. What could the object be used for? Who might be looking for it? What secrets could it hold? Suggest different genres such as mystery or science fiction and discuss how the item might be used in this kind of story.
Real-world facts can also be a great source of inspiration. For example, did you know a jumping flea can accelerate faster than a space rocket taking off into orbit? What crazy story can your child make out of this fact? Newspapers and news websites can be great for finding these sorts of ideas.
For more storytelling ideas, download our free Story idea generator or our Character profile activity sheet .
Activity: Story idea generator
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6. Draw your ideas first
If your child isn’t sure where to start with a story or even a piece of non-fiction, it can sometimes be helpful to sketch out their ideas first. For instance, can they draw a picture of a dastardly villain or a brave hero? How about a scary woodland or an enchanted castle?
Your child might also find it useful to draw maps or diagrams. What are all the different areas of their fantasy landscape called? How is the baddie’s base organised?
Some children might enjoy taking this idea a step further and drawing their own comics. This is great practice – it stretches your child’s creativity, gets them thinking about plot, character, and dialogue, and is a big confidence boost once they’ve finished and have an amazing story to look back on.
What your child will learn
In Year 6 (age 10–11), your child will be aiming to build upon the goals and expectations they were first set in Year 5. They will be expected to:
- Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing
- Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary.
- Selecting appropriate grammar and vocabulary, understanding how such choices can change and enhance meaning
- In narratives, describing settings, characters and atmosphere and integrating dialogue to convey character and advance the action
- Using a wide range of devices to build cohesion within and across paragraphs
- Using further organisational and presentational devices to structure text and to guide the reader (for example, headings, bullet points , and underlining).
- Assessing the effectiveness of their own and others’ writing
- Proposing changes to vocabulary, grammar and punctuation to enhance effects and clarify meaning
- Ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing
- Ensuring correct subject and verb agreement when using singular and plural , distinguishing between the language of speech and writing and choosing the appropriate register.
- Proof-read for spelling and punctuation errors.
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