GUIDELINES

  1. A polite and thoughtful letter recognizing a gift can help improve your public relations tool even though you are declining it. Explain clearly your reason for refusing the gift.
  2. Express gratitude to the client for his or her consideration or give him or her compliment in some way.
  3. Provide a short explanation on why you denied the request.
  4. End the letter positively.

SAMPLE LETTER

[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-


Dear [Recipients Name],

Thank you for the baseball game tickets you had couriered to my office. Sadly, I have to return them as accepting a gift from clients is not permitted by my firm. I appreciate the thoughtfulness of the gesture. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -