If you’re experiencing hardship then why not ask rich people for help? As individuals become rich and wealthy they also become very generous and want to help people like you and me. Some of the most generous philanthropists are millionaires and billionaires who want to give money away. Some billionaires like Warren Buffett have even pledged to give their entire wealth away to help people all around the world. If you’re facing a challenge and have nowhere to turn to then you could ask rich people for help.
Step 1: Are You Really Experiencing Hardship
Help will only be given to those that really need it, if you’re experiencing a genuine hardship and you’ve tried to sort yourself out and have sought public assistance then you could be eligible for help. A Genuine need would be help with medical treatment, medical bills, poverty, homelessness, disaster recovery, financial despair. If you’re going through one of these challenges then there is a good chance you’ll get help.
Step 2: Look for Rich People
The next step is to look for rich people who might be able to help you; if you look at rich lists such as the Forbes Philanthropy List, The Business Week Rich List or the Giving Pledge you’ll be able to find at least one hundred millionaires and billionaires who give money away. Some of the biggest donors include Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Kaiser, George Soros and Jeff Skoll.
Try to create a spreadsheet with all one hundred philanthropists and then take the time to read the profiles and the good causes that they support. This step might take time but it is definitely worth it, by researching deeper into the philanthropist’s background you’ll be able to determine which billionaires are most likely to support your hardship.
Step 3: Names & Addresses of Rich People
Once you’ve got your list ranked in order of billionaires who are most likely to donate to you, your next step is to find the contact details of all these generous people. Finding the contact details should not take too long, you can either contact the charitable foundation they run or you could email and write to them direct. Once you’ve found the contact details make a note of this on your spreadsheet so that you can have a complete list.
Step 4: Writing a Hardship Letter
The next step is to write a hardship letter to the rich person and ask them for money, this is one of the most important steps and you should spend a lot of time perfecting your letter so that it communicates effectively with the millionaire you’re about to contact. A polished hardship letter should include your present circumstances and how you got into the hardship. The letter should also ask for financial assistance, ask for something in the region of $100 and don’t push your luck too much, finish the letter by describing how much of a difference this would make to your life. Take your time to make as many drafts as you need to perfect the letter until it represents your circumstances.
Step 5: Send the Hardship Letter to Rich People
Once you’ve perfected your hardship letter you need to send it to all the rich people on the list you compiled on your spreadsheet, you could mail merge the hardship letter with the spreadsheet so that you can print off all the letters quickly and efficiently rather than writing the names and addresses of each rich person. Once you’ve got all your letters address them in an envelope and send them off.
Step 6: Waiting for a Response
Unfortunately there is no guarantee that you’ll get help, these requests can take months to process and most of the time they want more information. It’s more effective to gradually work through your list so that you can eventually get a constant stream of letters either giving you a donation or not. Don’t be disorientated or disappointed if you’re rejected and just keep on trying.
Step 7: Ask Other People for Help
Now that you have your hardship letter you can start contacting other people for help, you could start writing to local business, churches, and charities asking them for financial assistance. Local businesses love to help their community so sending a letter to all the businesses in your area might turn out to be very profitable. Churches and charities are often very generous when it comes to giving out clothes and food so you could save a lot of money.
Step 8: Ask the Public for Help
You can even take this one step further and post your letter online on cyber begging sites; these sites have helped countless people who’ve experienced hardship. All you have to do is copy your letter and publish it online and then use the power of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.com to reach as many people as you can. If your hardship request goes viral then there is a very good chance you’ll make a lot of money.
Step 9: What to do With the Money
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