Topic: Question for sponsorship letter: Dear Mr. (first or last?) name,

I was wondering whether you would put the first or last name. For example,

Dr. John Doe is a prospect sponsor. So....

Dear Dr. John,

or

Dear Dr. Doe,

Let me know what you think is appropriate.
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It is not appropriate, in a business letter, to use the first name of someone you don't know. Some people may not mind but others will consider you terribly presumptuous.
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Thank you, that really helps alot!

Best wishes,

Natalia
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Regarding to your question. What is suitable for formal Letters(Salutation), it doesn't matter even if it is your close relative, friend, Father etc in that head of the Insti. there.>>>>You should Use..

Dear Sir,

Then follow by any topic you want to write official.eg. APPLYING FOR THE POST OF A CLERK. after the Topic, you most underline the Topic...(Then Period).
'Dear Sir' or 'Dear Madam' should always only be a last resort and are to be used if you do not know the name of the person you are writing to.

Even for the most formal letter you should use a name if possible.
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