Dear [Supervisor Name],

I would like to attend the upcoming 2024 IOA Annual Conference on 18 - 20 March in Indianapolis, Indiana. There are many conferences out there, but I’ve selected this one because I feel that the insights and takeaways focus on the top issues we encounter in the organizational ombuds field.

The conference features many thought leaders, hands-on workshops, and networking opportunities that will significantly benefit my work and contribute to my overall success as an ombuds professional, thereby benefiting our ombuds office and team as a whole.

In particular, I’m looking forward to hearing from [keynote speaker], who is [list title/interest], as well as attending the breakout session titled [list breakout session(s) of interest].

The IOA Annual Conference would also allow me to see how other ombuds and their offices work and learn from seasoned veterans in the field. I will also have the opportunity to network with similar organizations and learn how others implement the same best practices we do.

If you provide me a list of questions to answer, processes that need improvement, and/or bigger problems you observe in our organization, I can also try to find new strategies and solutions to bring back.

Please check out the conference website at There is a lot of buzz about this being the key annual event in the ombuds community. I believe the investment in this training opportunity will be well worth it! Specifically, I’m asking for [your organization name] to cover the following costs:

$(registration fee]
$[estimated airfare, hotel, and other travel expenses]
Total funding request: $[enter total requested amount]

Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to discussing this request with you.


[Your Name & Signature]