Letter Writing

One of the easiest ways to fundraise is by participating in Letter Writing!

How to Participate:

1) Login to your donor drive account HERE.

2) On the top of your page, click on “messages” and then “compose a message.”

3) Choose a letter type, fill out the recipient information and we’ll do the rest!

4) Use the pre-written letter or feel free to add your own spin! We highly encourage customization.

5) Start fundraising to reach your goal! The average letter brings in $30, so just by sending a few letters you’ll start working towards your goal.

The Do’s and Don’ts of letter writing:


  • Include a greeting. For example: “Dear Aunt Jane and Uncle Sam” or “Hey Sophie!”

  • Explain Dance Marathon.

  • Make it personal: share why YOU DM. Connect it to you by including an experience, personal story, or why you support the cause. This is the most important part of your letter because you are inspiring others to donate on your behalf.

  • Say where the money goes: Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals of Greater St. Louis (specifically St. Louis Children’s Hospital and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital).

  • Personalize the message to your recipient.

    • For example: “Hey Sophie, great job at your half marathon over the summer! I’m so glad I was there to support you. I hope you can support me at my marathon, Dance Marathon! Help me reach my own goals and donate to my page!”

  • Thank them in your letter for their support! If people don’t respond to your emails, you can send individual follow-up emails to remind them about Dance Marathon and donating to support you.


  • Make the letter too long

  • Forget about ANYONE: teachers, friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, your dog, employers, your doctor, etc. You never know who will want to support you!

  • Wait until the last minute!