Request a favor. Sample letter


  1. If you need a favor from a person, don't apologize. Make the person feel honored in your letter. Tell the reader why he/she is capable of helping you. Explain your reason for requesting this favor. Be persuasive and make the request reasonable. Tell the reader that you will repay his/her kindness.
  2. Make it clear to the reader why you are asking for a favor. Also, tell the reader why he/she can help you.
  3. If you are asking too much from the reader, be persuasive in making the request reasonable.
  4. Compliment the person but avoid flattery. Tell the reader that you are willing to repay his/her kindness.


[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],

Greetings! My name is Rebecca Keuben and I am organizing this year's Autumn Charity Dinner. While going over my options regarding contacts to get in touch with regarding some of the supplies that we will be needing, I remembered last year's Valentines Banquet where you provided the organizers with beautiful garden tables, which I feel would also be perfect for this event.

I was hoping that you would be kind enough to allow us to use those said tables for our dinner. We will only have a maximum of 75 guests, and thus, feel that we will need approximately 35-40 tables. I can take care of the delivery and pick up, so you won't need to worry about that. I hope that you can get in touch with me soon at 333-3333 to let me know if you can give in to my request. Thank you very much.


[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

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