How do I ask a rich colleague for a charitable donation?
As mentioned previously, I am training to run in the Great Human Race for my animal rescue group, and it’s hard as hell to get donations. My parents and my boyfriend’s parents will be definitely be contributing a good amount, but they haven’t done so yet, so I currently have raised only $15, from an anonymous donor. (Was that one of you Flutherites?! If so, thank you very much for your generosity!)
I hate asking people for money, so I would never ask the majority of my colleagues to sponsor me, but there is one guy I’m considering asking. He is really, really rich (he used to be Bill Gates’ right-hand man), he likes me a lot, and he cares about animals (he was very involved with PETA in getting some legislation passed in WA a few years back).
For these three reasons, I think he would be the PERFECT person to ask, but I want to do so in the most appropriate way. I think email will be better than in-person asking because getting an email request is much lower pressure.
What should the email say? Would someone like him be offended about getting such an email? I have tried composing this like 6 times, and I keep deleting and starting again.
Everyone else in my animal rescue group has already raised hundreds of dollars. I feel like such a loser that I haven’t been able to raise much yet, so I really need to branch out to asking people like this guy.
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