And back to the Corporate sponsorship.
I very quickly realised that patience is the key as the decision making process within the Corporate world grinds ever so slowly- at times it seems in reverse. Another thing I quickly realised after receiving the umpteenth rejection letter is not to take it personally and to just carry on in the hunt.
Below is a rejection letter I received today- 6 months after sending them the proposal. I’ve withheld the company name and details as one never knows, they could be in my sites again sooner rather than later. The voice of the letter is pretty similar to that of all of the other rejection letters I’ve received and it did leave me wondering if it’s the same person hired to type up all the letters. But…the one letter or email stating that sponsorship has been granted outweighs the many letters similar to the one below by tonnes, and makes it all worthwhile to carry on regardless. Patience, a thick skin, and tenacity are highly recommended.
08 December 2010
Mr Gary Hirson
PO Box 12018
Dear Mr Hirson
Request for funding: CALM IN STORM
Thank you for your funding request received on the 18 June 2010
The work your organisation does is valuable and contributes to holistic development of this country. We have carefully considered your request for funding. Due to no funds available for community projects & sponsorships, we are unable to accede to your request.
We wish you every success with your initiatives and trust that you will manage to secure the necessary resources for this worthy cause.
Group Empowerment & Corporate Affairs Department