Personal sponsorships offer financial support for a specific individual. A college student seeking to study abroad for a year could raise money for expenses through a personal sponsorship. An amateur golfer preparing for national tournaments could also receive help for expenses through a personal sponsorship. Donors provide sponsorships because they believe in the individual. However, finding personal sponsorships is often challenging because usually requests out number donors. Starting early and remaining determined are among the keys to success.
Review your reason for wanting or needing a personal sponsor. Personal sponsors usually want to help a person achieve something positive, enriching or uplifting, such as finishing college or winning a competition. Donors are less likely to sponsor people looking for personal bailouts for financial problems or similar reasons.
Identify possible donors based on what you are trying to accomplish. A young golfer looking for a sponsor should consult with her coach and others in the golfing community. A college student planning to study abroad should network with school officials about possible donors. Local charitable organizations such as the United Way, Salvation Army or a local chapter of the National Urban League may also provide suggestions for personal sponsors based on your goals.
Study application procedures for groups and organizations offering personal sponsorships for people with goals and objectives similar to yours. Request personal sponsorships in accordance with the guidelines.
Create a web page soliciting personal sponsorships. Use the web page to tell site visitors about your background, accomplishments and what you're planning to do with the help of a personal sponsor. Use social networking sites to promote the page.
Request other personal sponsorships by writing letters to individuals, including relatives, friends and other people you know. In the letter describe your activity or need and why it is important. Ask for a specific amount of money – or a range of possible donations – as you offer more details about the personal sponsorship and why the person should donate. Send letters to as many people as possible and follow up with phone calls.
Robert Lee has been an entrepreneur and writer with a background in starting small businesses since 1974. He has written for various websites and for several daily and community newspapers on a wide variety of topics, including business, the Internet economy and more. He studied English in college and earned a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts from Governor's State University.