Every letter read.


The Letters Foundation is a foundation of last resort that provides humanitarian grants to people experiencing a crisis, 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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About Us

Everyone falls on hard times at some point in life. We are here to lend a helping hand.

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Established by siblings Warren and Doris Buffett, the Letters Foundation reads and replies to letters from individuals living within the United States. We aim to honor the dignity of every person who writes to us and collaborate with grantees to assist in overcoming the barriers currently preventing them from moving forward in their lives. Doris’ lifelong commitment to individuals, and her kind and practical approach to problem solving inform all areas of grantmaking.

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Grant Recipient Stories

We all experience ups and downs that affect us in different ways. For this reason, reading every letter continues to be a privilege for us at the Foundation. Here are some of their stories.



Grief is a part of life that comes with being human. A financial obstacles stacked on that grief, however, is not something everyone experiences. Don is a stoic, hard-working manual laborer from Michigan who wrote to Warren Buffett after his teenage grandson committed suicide. The entire family was left devastated but unable to pay for the funeral. We were able to provide a grant to cover the funeral costs and allow the family to mourn with financial peace of mind.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.



At age 61, Jane was subletting an apartment with roommates, when one of them assaulted her. Terrified & alone, she fled to a homeless shelter, before finding a small apartment. Since she left most of her personal items behind when she fled, she wrote to Doris Buffett for help. We provided Jane with a refrigerator, toaster oven, and television. That last item—a television—helps to calm her severe anxiety at night. She now works with a counselor, stays within her budget, and lives in a safe environment.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.



Stella is formerly homeless. Determined and resilient, however, she made use of many different resources, only writing to Doris Buffett after her car was stolen. She needed assistance to purchase a vehicle to get to work, school and medical appointments for her son, who has severe autism and is unable to take public transportation. We helped Stella purchase a reliable, used vehicle as she works her way to financial independence.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.



Dora is a 39-year-old married woman from Florida with a young autistic son. Her husband had a grand mal seizure caused by a massive brain tumor and needed intensive treatment. She became the sole breadwinner for her family and decided to pursue a law degree. We helped Dora with a grant to cover the costs of a used car, assistance with her rent, a new computer and a hotel room for the day she takes the bar exam.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.

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You have found true joy in life when you give and give and never count the cost.