Best Ways to ask Others for Money…

Best Ways to ask Others for Money…

I'm going on an Alternative Spring Break Trip with my university, to a nearby metropolitan area to do service work for the week. Since we're not going very far (other trips are to Tijuana and New Orleans), it doesn't cost that much... but every little bit helps, you know? They really recommend asking around to relatives and local sponsors. I basically planned on sending out a mass email to my family and friends, with the spliel and ending with "if you'd like to donate, please email me so that I can send you a paypal invite". To thank donators, I planned on doing handwritten letters (with pictures) and/or an invitation to the art/memory display that may be or not be happening later in the semester.... I did something similar for a trip to Europe and got great feedback about it,. :) Anyone have any suggestions or tips for myself or anyone else in this situation? Tips/issues with using Paypal? I've never done it before, but have heard mostly good things... TIA :)
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