Guidelines for Names and Titles: The salutation should typically use the person's last name, along with a "Mr." or "Ms." In general, avoid using "Mrs." or "Miss" unless you are certain of how the woman wants to be addressed. When in doubt, default to using "Ms."
If your intent is to persuade the recipient in some way, whether it's to invest money, give you a reference, hire you, partner with you, or fix an issue, create a compelling case for your cause. If, for example, you want the reader to sponsor a charity event, identify any overlap with their company’s philanthropic goals. Convince the reader that helping you would be mutually beneficial, and you will increase your chances of winning their support. Keep your closing paragraph to two sentences. Simply reiterate your reason for writing and thank the reader for considering your request.