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Whom would you send form letters to to solicit money for a leadership conference so that my 14 year old son could afford to go?

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Wow. You are one determined parent. Love it!

Actually, you could send a letter to every business in town, every church, every civic organization, and even every government agency having anything to do even remotely with kids or leadership. You could instead send emails to everybody -- far cheaper but a challenge to pull together the addresses and not get your letter stuck in the spam folder. You would start, of course, with groups that related in some way to your family. Catholic? Write the catholic churches and groups. Work in the insurance industry? Write every insurance business and organization and the chamber of commerce. Into running? You get the idea

Set up a website tracking your fundraising progress. Have cheap business cards made up (only about $20 at gotprint.com for fabulous ones) asking people to donate $1 to help your kid go to the conference and leave them all over town Local merchants or restauranteurs might even put out a collection bottle on their counters.

Of course, if it is a local, cheap conference, this is waaaay overboard. But if it is expensive and a long way away, go for it!.

Ask and you shall....

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Great answer Heather57, thumbs up from me. :)
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You can send money collection forms to your friends and relatives as well as your Neighbors. You can also request assistance from your workmates and also your child's friends. This is because such a responsibility is collective and doesn't have the specific people you are supposed to invite.

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If your son, or yourself have a Facebook account, simply create an event, and ask for donations for him. You will have to set up a bank account in order to do this. Remember though don't keep it private, let the whole world see it. Also be careful and keep any and all receipts as to where every dime goes, so nobody can accuse you or him of misleading or misappropriation of the said funds. If either of you don't have a facebook account, simply set one up. Hope this helps. :)

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