Cover Letter for Request for Funding Proposals
Adapt to indicate the number of applicants considered; size of available grants; total grant available if
additional fundraising is done; and submission deadline. Reminder: The minimum award according to
PIF guidelines is $1,000. Other options: Invite to present in-class; offer student help to write RFP.
[PLACE ON SCHOOL LETTERHEAD]
To: Director of [NAME OF ORGANIZATION]
[Name, Title, and Address of Organization]
From: [PROFESSOR NAME, TITLE]
RE: Pay it Forward Student Philanthropy Initiative
Recently, students from [NAME OF COURSE] at [NAME OF COLLEGE] spoke with you or someone
at your organization about the Pay it Forward Student Philanthropy Initiative sponsored by Ohio
Campus Compact in partnership with Michigan Campus Compact and Kentucky Campus Compact
and funded by Learn and Serve America. This initiative challenges students to work with community
Identify and evaluate community needs;
Research the non-profit sector through interviews and site visits;
Volunteer 15 hours with local non-profit organizations;
Solicit and assess funding requests from appropriate 501(c)(3) non-profits organizations
that are in a position to address the identified need;
Select and award Requests for Funding Proposals; and
Monitor the outcomes of the invested funds.
This initiative will focus funding and volunteer efforts in the following three needs areas: children and
youth programs; neighborhood development and revitalization; and hunger, homelessness and health
issues. Our class has $4,500 to invest in local organizations that address immediate economic needs.
T+he students have selected [NUMBER] organizations that they are interested in funding, and
[NUMBER] will be selected to receive at least $1,000 each.
We invite you to complete the enclosed RFP and mail, fax, or email it by [DEADLINE DATE] to:
[NAME OF FACULTY MEMBER, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, FAX NUMBER, EMAIL].
Please be advised that all funded organizations will be required to complete a survey at the end of the
term to measure the satisfaction with the Pay it Forward initiative and process. In addition, a campus
liaison will visit all grant recipients to evaluate how the funds were used and the impact of the grant
If you have any questions, please contact [CAMPUS LIAISON OR FACULTY MEMBER NAME,
EMAIL, AND PHONE]. We thank you for participating in the Pay it Forward Student Philanthropy
[NAME OF CLASS]