The term RSVP comes from the French phrase “Répondez s'il vous plaît” meaning "Please respond". In the past, invitations would have a specific response date and the guests would send a handwritten note indicating if they were attending or not. Today, RSVP cards come designed for the guest to sign off on. A memorial donation in the form of cash gifts to the family, even if they are in dire need, must be handled with discretion. Unless a bank account has been set up for donations, try to give through a clergy member or some other means that will spare the family embarrassment and not leave them feeling obligated to you.
Community Support Letter. Dear Community Supporter: I am writing on behalf of the American Cancer Society to request a donation for our signature fundraiser, Relay For Life, which will be held the weekend of June 15-16, 2004 at Tikki Park in Kapiolani, Hawaii.