A contribution letter should include the purpose of the donation, the amount submitted and any accompanying requests for how to distribute the contribution. When a contribution is made in memory of a person or organization, the contribution letter should indicate the honoree's name and information.
If applicable, the contribution letter should also include the primary reasons why the donation is being made. For example, if a hospital provided excellent care to a family member, once the person is deceased, the family may wish to make a contribution in his honor. Detailing the experiences can help the organization understand how to serve the community as well as the impact it has had on individuals.