Sample Fundraising Letters

From a Second-Time Walker, version 1

Dear Friends and Family,

Last summer I had a life-changing experience. I walked 60 miles over the course of three days with the most incredible group of women and men. It’s called the Susan G. Komen 3-Day® and together we’re raising millions of dollars to help end breast cancer forever.

When my dear friend Sarah was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago, I felt helpless. I didn’t know what I could do, other than bringing meals and babysitting her kids every once in a while. But then I discovered something huge I could do and I signed up for the Komen 3-Day. It’s no regular breast cancer walk. We train for months, walk for 60 miles, and camp overnight together for three days. Surrounded by all of the pink ribbons, the crazy costumes, and the touching photos of loved ones we’ve lost, I found a purpose.

So this year I’ve formed a team, Sisters for Sarah, and we’re walking together, and aiming to raise $10,000 to help save the lives of thousands of women like Sarah who are facing this terrible disease.

I was so overwhelmed and humbled by the generous donations of friends and family like you, who helped me raise $2,318.50 (I was counting every penny!) and make a huge impact. It was an honor to wear my donors’ names on my shirt as I walked. This year, I know can do the same or better. So get those donations in now! Just click the link at the end of this email to go to my personal fundraising webpage, or email me directly at and I’ll send you a donation form. (Or you can call 800-996-3DAY and the nice people at the 3-Day® can take your donation over the phone.) Thank you to my awesome supporters! Together we can do it!