When writing a letter accompanying a memorial donation, the donor should include the amount and type of donation, some personal details regarding the person being memorialized and reasons why the donation was chosen. People sometimes give charitable donations instead of flowers when someone passes away, especially when the family of the deceased makes the request. Such donations may include scholarship money for the deceased person's children or a check written to an organization the person had supported.
A memorial donation letter can be written in the format of a goodwill letter that is personal, sincere, short and positive.
- State the donation Begin the letter by stating whose memory the donation is being given in, and then mention the monetary amount and the cause that will receive it, such as a specific charity or fund.
- Show a personal connection to the deceased and the donation Recall a fond memory of the person being memorialized. This might include a short story about the person and their connection to the chosen cause or charity. If the deceased person's family didn't state a specific charity but requested that the donor give to a favorite charity, then explain the decision for the selected charity.
- Add a closing Wish condolences to the family of the deceased, and thank them for providing the opportunity to donate money in the deceased person's name.