Sample Funding Letter (cut and paste text)

Dear Friends and Family,
I am writing to ask for your support.  I aim to embark on an educational journey to receive a certificate in permaculture design. Permaculture is a vision, design system, and global movement that draws on patterns and principles found in nature to meet human needs, while regenerating the natural world and creating abundance (find out more at
By completing this 72-hour course, I am preparing to become one of many critical thinkers and designers in the field culture-change. As a supporter, you will help provide me with the tools needed to restore, reclaim, and regenerate our social structures and the earth’s delicate natural systems, leaving our planet replenished for the future generations.
Your donation of any amount, along with others’, will help me to realize my goal. The tuition for this course is $xxx.  In order to receive a permaculture design certificate—a pertinent educational experience in the pressing field of sustainability—the fundraising goal is [FILL IN AMOUNT].
Permaculture, I believe, will offer me a set of tools to help me realize my goal of [FILL IN YOUR GOAL(S)/VISION(S)]. As many of you know, my background is in [FILL IN RELEVANT BACKGROUND INTERESTS/EXPERIENCE and LINK IT TO PERMACULTURE].  E.g. :My aspiration to learn permaculture stems from my vision to create viable solutions to global challenges that will simultaneously serve people and the land to which we belong.
If you wish to support me and/or this vision, you can make a contribution by check to [YOUR NAME HERE], and return it in the envelope provided (any amount will help!).  Thank you kindly for your support in this endeavor. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at [YOUR EMAIL/PHONE NUMBER HERE].