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How to Write an Impressive Letter Asking a Billionaire or Millionaire for Money

Updated on April 24, 2016
Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.
Key Words: Money, Trees, Doesn't grow on.

Introduction

Billionaires, Millionaires and Philanthropists give away money to deserving causes and individuals each day. They have their individual causes and charities that are close to their hearts but sometimes will also choose to help others who have genuine need, a great business idea, or just show the potential enthusiasm that they remember got them started on the path to riches.

They do not, and never will, entertain a begging letter or e-mail. They got their money by hard work and expect anyone requesting money to show that they are willing to make that extra effort to benefit communities or other individuals and not line their own pockets.


Where to Find Billionaires and Millionaires

The obvious place is the Forbes lists of the world’s richest people. Some other places to look are the Economist or NetState.

Once you have identified as many people as possible write down their FULL NAMES, the company they work for and their contact details. It is unlikely you will find a direct contact address for any rich person instead it will be through their public relations or customer services so you will have to address any correspondence FAO “the name of the person” and then “care/of” the address of the company or in some cases the individual.

Don’t forget to seek out contact details of millionaire celebrities as some of them also like to help out good causes and individuals with donations.

If for any reason you already have a direct contact address for a billionaire or millionaire it is rather unlikely you need the advice in this article.

How Much to Ask For?

How much do you need to do what you want to do or achieve you goal? Remember and be honest at all times. To pretend to need money for something, like an operation or a car to get your disabled mother around town, is deceit and fraud and may be dealt with as such if it got to the stage where an individual did agree to give you money. You may even end up in jail.

You could also send a lot of requests asking each individual to donate or give you a small sum such as $100 or £100. If you choose this route then mention it in your correspondence with details of the total figure you are trying to raise. You may be lucky and one person sees the benefit of your idea and may offer to fund you the whole amount you need.

How to Word Your Request

Think carefully about what you would like to say and what someone reading your request would think of you. You need to get across the importance of your request in a few short paragraphs. You need to keep the readers interest so when you have completed your final draft have some of your friends or family read it and provide constructive feedback. If they say it is rubbish, don’t go in the huff, take it on the chin and start again.

I am repeating my earlier warning. Do not lie in your request. Be honest and straight to the point. Do not go on and on in the initial contact request. Mention that if someone is interested they can contact you for further details. If possible make the request light-hearted or funny. Add some photographs or attach documents, especially if it emphasises your request. Always be professional, open, sincere, honest and polite. Thank them for their time in reading your letter or e-mail and say something along these lines that “even if you cannot help me this time I appreciate and understand that you must get many such requests”.

Make your request in the first person and word it story-like mentioning your accomplishments and successes or failures and losses. Depending on what you need money for you can even make it profound and touching.

Since the person reading your request is unlikely to be the person with the money your aim is to connect with that person in a way that they will feel the need to show it to someone else higher up the chain of command or even the billionaire or millionaire themselves. On this subject please avoid statements such as “please send me some money” and “I need money really urgently” and “you are my last hope for money”.

In concise terms you want to explain your situation, state why you need money, what you will do with any monies received, and how that person can contact you.

Finally, e-mails can be intercepted so think carefully about the information you do provide in any correspondence.

Some Last Thoughts

Definitely avoid sending outright begging letters. No one will read past any statement such as I need money for; “my children’s medicine”, “a nice new car”, “a wedding/funeral” or “a holiday of a lifetime”.

All companies and individuals known to be wealthy get hundreds of requests for money each week so you have to stand out. Your request has to be read by someone who sees the potential and thinks that it will strike a chord with the person who ultimately will hand over the money. Or at least is interesting enough to pass it to that person’s PA.

Ultimately the billionaire or millionaire who has the money must be impressed and interested enough to say to their staff “this is great, get me more details”. So make it so and don’t be too disappointed at the lack of positive replies or even acknowledgements… It only takes one person to see the potential.

Oh and finally; don’t use the comments section to ask for money. I have seen this too often on other sites and articles. Absolutely pointless, as well as rather annoying.


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@ 2015 Brian McKechnie (aka WorldEarth)


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      Conciousleader 2 years ago

      There's money out there for everyone, we just have to get up and out and work for it. In appreciation I wanted to thank you for this insight on seeing a good written up blog, about the correct way and not making this out to be a lucrative, or cheating way to starting a business for some of the younger ambitious mindsets out hear. When it comes down to it we all need to start with something. Great article Brian!

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      Brian 2 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thank You Conciousleader for your kind comments. Brian

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      Sudharma de Silva 2 years ago

      I am Sudharma from Sri Lanka.

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      Brian 2 years ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Nice

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      Brian 20 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Just a necessary reminder that any comments requesting money will be deleted. So please stop wasting yours and my time.

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      Karyn 12 months ago

      Excellent advise, I'm trying to write a letter regarding a small Australian country town that needs some help. You have given me hope. Thank you! X

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      Brian 12 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad to be of some help Karyn.

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      Lisa Smith 11 months ago

      Thanks for the advise I'm trying to raise money for my daughter Krystle Lewis whom recently been accepted into St James Medical School in Anguilla

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      Brian 11 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Hope you are successful Lisa.

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      Brian 9 months ago

      I can not help but put myself in the billionaires shoes and think... "these people are out of their minds!" Especially the ones that clearly did not read the entire article to the point where it says "do not leave request for money in the comment section, it's annoying".... you are right.... It really annoyed me.

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      Michelle 8 months ago

      Thanks for the great article!

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      Brian 8 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Your kind words are appreciated Michelle

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      Michael Shayne Hall Senior 8 months ago

      Thanks for the information about the this subject.

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      Brian 8 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      You're welcome Michael.

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      Shawzfun 8 months ago

      Im a quadriplegic bc an alcohol related car accident, I was the driver so I'll pay forever for it. I am trying to make the best out of a bad situation.

      I travel around the state of MO speaking to teens and young people. Mainly high schools and colleges. But I need a reliable handicapped van since I'm in a powerchair.

      Its hard to schedule speeches when I have no vehicle to get to, esp if they are 3 or 4 hours away.

      I sent out about 40 letters to celebrities. I hope and pray there are positive results, thank you for this guideline as to what to write. I also included money Ive already received from Gofundme and an upcoming benefit I'm having.

      I was completely honest yet to the point. Now I just gotta wait and see. Thank you again.

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      osea golea 6 months ago

      Thank you for a wonderful advice.

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad you found it useful Osea.

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      Kap 6 months ago

      great post mehn

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thanks Kap.

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      Shu 6 months ago

      Very nice article. I loved it.

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      Jose Vazq 6 months ago

      Wow very well said.will take alot of it into cosideration i have helped alot of people and still do but it is hard,now with no money. So now i try with work.

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      atu 6 months ago

      thanks so much..a big help

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      You're very welcome.

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      Melissa Morrison 6 months ago

      Your article helped me to define and think about the difference between what I want and really what I need. I hope that you have a nice day, and thanks for the advice and tools that will help my son and I to get up, stand up and succeed.

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Glad to help Melissa.

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      ode 6 months ago

      nice one

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Thanks

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      Brian 6 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      That's another 5 requests for money deleted. If you are serious about reading this article read it through to the last two lines !!!!!

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      Mark Taylor BML 4 months ago

      Brian, Great article. There are a couple of websites I found that you can get their addresses from. You just have to do a search on the internet. Thanks again for a great article. Mark

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      Brian 4 months ago from Ayrshire, Scotland

      Cheers for that Mark.

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      Sarah 3 months ago

      I'm really curious what the success rate is. How many people have followed your guidelines (or any number of other articles pertaining to the same theme and goal) and succeeded in acquiring monetary gain? If there's any success stories I'd love to hear about them.

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      Cory 3 months ago

      Hello Brian I am wondering if there is a way I can write to you but not through the comments here on your post lol I have a few questions for you that I don't want to share with the world

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      Ralph 2 months ago

      My name is Ralph from Nigeria. Thanks for this article, it was helpful. Wish there are couple of samples here, but I think a simple web search will help with that.

      Thanks again.

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      Kedir Rufael 8 weeks ago

      I'm very excited. just you made me aware of how to write a letter. Thanks

      may God bless you. Amen.

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      Martha 8 weeks ago

      I need help real bad please help

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      Sadique 4 weeks ago

      Am so much glad and happy to come across this article. It's a great help already from you to me.

      Thank you.

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      Merare Ryan loreto 2 weeks ago

      Please help for financial problem I have work but not enough for my family I'm from Philippines

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      Johnny Gomez 2 weeks ago

      Thank you so much for sharing with me how to go about it, it did open my mind up. Thank you once again.

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      Vickie Ellison 5 days ago

      Got married June 27th 2014.....One of the best days of my life...Started my own business in June of 2015...After a layoff in April.(Oil and Gas industry)...Paid our vehicle off with the severance... doing upholstery..Things were​ going pretty good. Then in January of 2016, we rushed my husband to the hospital, thinking he had a bad case if traveling gas...Ended up being a fluid on his left lung...And 8 mini strokes later. We were in the hospital for 23 days...He NEVER complained. He's still recovering...And still not complaining. When you think things are bad....There's always someone worse than you. We made lemonade from lemons.

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      Benita Mikola 4 days ago

      Hello and sorry to ask for a little HELP, I feel bad already. I am 42 yr old and had a really bad , sad life until my beautiful son, joah came into my life and heart. Josh was born at 24 half weeks old. Omg what a painful thing to go through on your own. I don't like asking for help but I really need someone out there to have a kind heart like me. Im sorry Im not good at text or Spelling, I alwas. Try. I have gone through hell and back growin up and wih josh born at630 gems it was so sad. He is blind and he had EVERTHING a baby that young had ever heart opp. 6 years later a man game in our live and his name is Matt we had a really bad start and I was really unhappy and wanted to leave , then I washave a NOTHER baby but I was not to know he , MITCHELL we called him would come at 22 weeks and lived for a big hour.so so sad and IK ALWAY blame myself I really so bad. I GESS Im TEYING to ask for a little help with Bulls and TEYING to keep our house. I would come and TEY and pay back the money by cleaning and cooking and your wahing but I've been so lost and sick in last 3 years with really bad rarities and been so low that I hate leaving house I m sorry to ask but of help but Im feeling no good ANYMOE and ever but of money IVE had I give to my mum as she needs to have something. If you can please help in some way I will XONE and clean and ty and help you and if you have a family. There is a lot more pain which I can go into so il lev at that. Ps if you cNt help Im so very sorry. I pray one day I can help people as well. I would love a but of help but if not God bless my number is 0457373221. Thank you xx

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      Aric John 3 days ago

      Dear Sir/Madam,

      I am Aric John from Lahore,Pakistan. I am Anglican Christian. I am married and have 4kids,I have three younger sisters who are unmarried and dependent on me.My parents are very old. I am working as a private practicing lawyer in Pakistan but my practice is not doing well due to minority in Pakistan. we are living less than poverty. Now we have fixed date for the marriage of my one younger sister on 01-07-2017 but I have no money for this marriage. There is a custom in Pakistan that at the time of marriage the family of bride gives a lot of dowry articles and other gifts as well as arrange the lunch of the guests of groom. So now a days I am very anxious about this.

      I am humbly request to you that give me a financial help for the marriage of my younger sister in the name of Jesus Christ.

      Your cooperation in this regards will be highly appreciated.

      Kind regards,

      Aric John.

      E-mail: aricjohn@hotmail.com

      Cell # : +92-3214250583

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      Jade Shields 9 hours ago

      Throughout my life I had to face many obstacles to become the person I am today . My upbringing consisted of a single parent home. Due to my father being incarcerated my whole life. My mother has done everything in her power to take care of my older sister and I. In 2008 my mother got into a car accident and unfortunately been on disability ever since.

      I Grew up seeing my mom work day and and night to make a living for us. We didn't always get what we wanted but she made sure we had all our essential needs . So I made a promise to myself that I would go to college because school was the most important thing to her and after I graduate from college my mom wouldn't have to worry about another bill being paid.

      As my sister and I got older we stepped up and did what we had to do. We both found jobs to help out. Thinking this would stop us from struggling but nothing really changed. I'll never forget having to boil water when it got cold. Or nights my mother only got food for my sister and I because there wasn't enough money for all of us to eat . God was the only person there through everything so we prayed every night . Giving up was not and option we was going to make it to the other side one way or another. That's why I will always look up to my mother. She faced so many obstacles but always told us "to smile even when it's nothing to smile about because things won't be this way for ever."

      Growing up without a father made me grow up faster then most of my friends. I had to be the man of the house at a young age. Especially since I had two queens that I had to protect. Not having a father figure hurt me because My father didn't teach me how to ride a bike , shoot my first basketball or play football. I had to learn on my own. On the bright side I found my passion for football and lacrosse. When I'm on the field I forget everything and one word keeps replaying in my head "win" "win" win" .

      Not only will I be the first male in my family to graduate , but I will be the first to go to college. So failure isn't a option for me. I never let my obstacles define me, I used them to help shape me into the humble man I am today.

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