Sunset Announcement


The Letters Foundation is sunsetting in 2020, and the last day we will be accepting new letters is January 31, 2020.

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Click here if you want to learn how to write a letter requesting help. All new letter requests must be postmarked by January 31, 2020.

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The Letters Foundation is a foundation of last resort that provides humanitarian grants to people experiencing a crisis through no fault of their own, when no other options exist. These one-time grants provide a hand-up to individuals as they work to stabilize their lives.

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What to Expect


You write us a letter postmarked by January 31, 2020. Please provide as much detail as possible about yourself, your household, your hardship, and your most pressing need (or request). If you include your email address, we'll send you an emailed notification once we receive your letter.

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We read it. Your letter will be assigned to one of our Letter Readers, who will carefully evaluate it and decide whether or not your request is eligible for further review. You will hear from us either way.


We'll get back to you. If your request is approved for further review, we'll send you information on how to submit an application for a grant. Once you submit a completed application, you will work 1:1 with a Program Officer, who will review your case file, conduct interviews, and make a grant recommendation to the Committee on your behalf.

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The Letters Foundation only considers requests from individuals residing in the United States, either citizens or those with documented immigration status. Please kindly note that we do not accept letters written on behalf of someone else (with the exception of letters written on behalf of a family member) and that all new letter requests must be postmarked by January 31, 2020. EXCLUSIONS: The Foundation does not make grants for vehicles, capital construction costs, endowments, medical or academic research, experimental medical treatments, scholarships, sectarian or religious purposes, general fundraising drives or events, loans of any type (personal or business), business startups, student loans/debt, tuition, or to support candidates for political office. The Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals from nonprofit institutions. While the Foundation does not pay tuition, some vocational training programs are considered.

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We appreciate your courage in reaching out to us, and will hold your letter in strictest confidence.

Learn more about the Letters Foundation and what to know in sending us your letter.

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SPAM ALERT: We have heard about some unfortunate incidents of spam. Those emails did not originate from Doris Buffett or the Foundation. Please know that we do not send emails or letters that purport to award unsolicited grants.

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