"Good manners start with good intentions. Etiquette experts postulate that writing thank you notes increases the frequency and quality of gifts you receive. But what if you're stuck and don't know what to write? The Thank You Note Samples site covers nearly every imaginable topic to give thanks for, from acknowledging the receipt of charity donations to expressing appreciation for hospitality arrangements to thanking your potential employer for an interview. Multiple letter formats are available to add variety (especially if you're spending the night writing the same monotonous notes due to a recent wedding).......(HT: LifeHacker)
Thank You Note Samples
Giving thanks and writing thank you notes has been ingrained in me ever since I began working with Campus Crusade for Christ. I was able to do the ministry with CCC because of the kind and generous support of many individuals and churches. And therefore it was crucial and critical to express thanks for their support. These rules and guidelines that I have adopted may seem rigid, but I think that they are important and invaluable when expressing thanks.1. Write a thank you note within 24 hours. The longer you wait the less impact your expression of thanks will have. Immediacy is important, and if you wait longer than 24 hours, you will probably forget to write a note.
2. Handwritten notes are the best. Try to avoid the form letter type of thank you.
3. Be specific with what you giving thanks and showing your appreciation for, mention it by name. Don't say, "Thank you for your gift", rather say "Thank you for your generous gift of $25".