1Write a good intro. In the opening paragraph of the letter, you should immediately introduce yourself or your company and your cause – specifically. Don’t beat around the bush. People need to be hooked right out of the gate.
- Don’t assume people know who you are or what your organization does. Explain those things, clearly. Begin with a description of the company (if it's a corporate letter) or yourself (if it's for personal sponsorship). For example, such-and-such firm is a nonprofit organization committed to rehabilitation... etc.
- Highlighting a few accomplishments right away will make it clear why it’s not a risk to give you sponsorship. Make it very clear how the money will be specifically used.
- In the second paragraph or first, you need to make the direct request for sponsorship and explain why you are seeking it.
2Outline the benefits. In order to give you sponsorship, a company or person needs to be convinced they will benefit from doing so. So in the middle paragraphs of the letter, clearly communicate the benefits – not to you, but to them.
- If the sponsors will get good publicity out of the sponsorship, for example, explain how. Be very specific: Will the event be televised? How many people will be attending? Will there be VIPS? If other prominent companies or their competitors are sponsoring your event, you might want to mention that.
- Give the sponsors options. They will like the fact they have different choices to match their individual needs or budgets.
3Convince with supporting evidence. This means including a few numbers – audience size, for example, or demographics of those they will reach.
- Also don't forget to thread in an element of emotional appeal - a personal story of someone who will be helped, for example, if said briefly (in a sentence or two) can be very moving.
- Explain how you will give the sponsors recognition for their sponsorship. Perhaps they can have free booth space at your event in exchange for sponsorship. 
- Provide the essential details of the sponsorship deal that they will need to make their decision. Don’t forget to include contact information. You might want to also include a self-addressed, stamped envelope to make it easier for them to respond. Don’t forget to include the date you need a response by.
- Ask the sponsors how they prefer to be recognized. For example, how do they want their name to appear and do they want to be recognized? Offer possibilities but never assume. Ask.
4Communicate background about the event. You should provide some concrete details in the letter to back up your organization or event.
- For example, if you’re writing a letter for a charity, you should explain the background of the charity, such as when it was founded, who runs it, who it serves, and any awards or accomplishments it’s received.
- Show don’t tell. Don’t just tell us the group or event are good or worthy. Convince us through showing details – evidence that backs up why or how the event or group are good or worthy. Evidence is more persuasive than superlatives, generally. 
5Follow up personally. Just sending off a letter to a company is not the most personal way to develop a connection. Although a sponsorship letter is a good idea, follow up in a more personal manner.
- You could call or stop by if you don’t get a response in 10 days. Remember though that many CEOS especially will be very busy and could be annoyed. So you might want to schedule an appointment or call first.
- Make sure that you convey excitement about your project. Avoid anything negative. You don’t want to sound like you’re begging or trying to put a guilt trip on them about donating..
- If the answer is “maybe,” don’t feel bad about following up. Just don’t do it immediately or too much or you might become annoying.
- Never be presumptuous. Don’t assume they will give you a meeting or sponsorship. Simply thank them for their consideration. 
- Don’t forget to send a thank you note if you get a sponsorship.
6Proofread. You can sabotage your chances for sponsorship if you don’t proofread your letter. Letters riddled with spelling or grammar errors don’t seem professional. And why would someone want their name attached to an unprofessional event?
- Check punctuation. Many people don’t know how to use commas or apostrophes properly. The little things matter here.
- Print out a copy of your letter, set it down, and read the hard copy in a few hours. Sometimes the eye gets so wedded to online content that it can be easier to miss typos if you’re reading it online.
- Make sure you send it with proper postage in a professional business looking envelope. 
Here is an example:
Your Letterhead (if applicable)
Address: _________ _________________ _________________
Dear Mr. / Ms. / Mrs. _______
Recently, I was invited to compete in Miss USA State Preliminary Competition. While at the State Preliminary Pageant, I will have the opportunity to be chosen as the state's representative to the Miss USA National Pageants.
I would be grateful if you helped in sponsoring me in Miss Colorado USA for my chance to win. More than 20-50 women will be competing with me. This event will be televised regionally with an anticipated audience of 2 to 300,000 and all my sponsors will be named in the pageant and on future productions website.
The amount a sponsor may contribute is flexible. You could assist me through one of the options listed below.
$____ – Your name, description, and logo
$____ – Your name and description
$____ – Your name and logo
$____ – Your name
If you are interested in sponsoring me, please get back to me at ___________________. Thank you very much for your time.
This is where you introduce the event. Talk about what or who it’s benefiting, when it happens, etc. (Also, you can include in your proposal a copy of the invitation, photos from previous events, the financial statistics from previous events, etc.).
This is where you say why it’s an important event to them. If it’s for a non-profit, talk about the good the organization achieves. If it’s for a more business-minded crowd, talk about the visibility their company will get sponsoring it and the networking if they attend.
Bulleted list of facts, numbers, about the event attendance.
We invite you to join (insert here names of other companies or big personas attending and/or sponsoring.) If there is a keynote speaker or something special about the event, mention it here.
Please respond if you are interested in this great opportunity for sponsorship by THIS DATE.
Please call ::SenderName:: at ::SenderPhone:: or email him at ::SenderEmail:: if you have any questions. Also, please visit our website at ::SenderWebsite::.
Thank you for your consideration,