A letter of inquiry (LOI) is the first chance to make a good impression on a funder, so take the time to get it right. “Make your LOI clear and energetic,” according to Holly Thompson, contributing editor for The Grantsmanship Center in Los Angeles. “You don’t have a lot of room to make your case, so make every sentence count.”
When funders provide guidelines for the LOI, follow them to the letter. You can be creative, but only within the confines of the instructions. When there aren’t guidelines, Thompson suggests that the LOI address the following points – concisely:
“A well-crafted LOI is brief – perhaps two or three pages,” says Thompson, “yet it still provides specific information. It is also tailored to the funder’s interests. It leaves the reader wanting to know more and builds confidence that your organization can get the job done.”
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