Every Letter Read.

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The Letters Foundation is a foundation of last resort that provides humanitarian grants to people experiencing hardship 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

The Letters Foundation is sunsetting in 2020, and as of January 31, 2020 we are no longer accepting new letter requests.

 

The Letters Foundation está cerrando en 2020, y al 31 de enero de 2020 no aceptamos nuevas solicitudes de cartas.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I write a letter after January 31, 2020?

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Unfortunately, no letter requests postmarked after January 31, 2020 will be eligible for grant consideration. However, your letter will be read, and in response, you may receive some resource recommendations from us that are tailored to your circumstances.

How long does it take for me to hear back once I submit a letter?

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We always do our best to be as responsive as possible to every letter we receive. If you include an email address in your letter, we respond with a notification of receipt within 10 business days of receiving the letter. Otherwise, you can expect to hear from us within two months via mail regarding the status of your request. Individuals whose letters are approved for further review are asked to fill out our application, which may take up to two months to complete. Given our timeframe and thorough due diligence process, we are unable to accommodate emergency requests.

How big or small of a grant can I ask for?

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We prioritize practical, one-time grants, and the amounts vary greatly based on the individuals’ needs. We ask all applicants in their letters to be honest about their needs, so that we can make as informed decisions as possible in our grant-making.

What will you do with my information?

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Letters Foundation takes many steps to ensure the security of your data. Physical letters are safely and securely stored with Iron Mountain for both legal compliance and historical purposes. Application documents are scanned and stored electronically in a secure database, and then securely shredded and destroyed. Information sent via email will be stored in the database, and all attachments will be deleted. Database access is limited only to those who need it to perform Letters-related business, and there are additional security protections in place. We will not disclose any information without explicit consent.

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Words of Gratitude

We’re so grateful to hear from previous grant recipients, whose kind words continually inspire our grantmaking:

Jeremy

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Words fail me when trying to express my gratitude for all the hard work, research, finding information and going to bat for me. Because of you I am setting aside money in a savings account, and saying goodbye to my credit card. My debt is still high by the light at the end of tunnel isn’t a train. Because of you all and the Buffetts, I have a new found faith in myself. Thank you for your hard work and your faith in me.

 

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.

Cathy

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To look back on my first phone call with Letters Foundation, compared to where I am today, brings tears of joy and I’m so thankful for you all for believing in me. Please tell everyone at Letters Foundation that they have put a smile on a boy who needed to know that we are not alone. Your kindness will never go unnoticed. You helped a mother provide a life for her son and that is priceless.

 

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.

Quinn

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The support from my friends and the assistance from Letters Foundation gave me hope that things will get better. At times I feel like it is difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel, but I know it is there bright and shining waiting for me to complete the finish line.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.

Carmen

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What I thought was impossible, the Foundation made possible by giving to me the most precious gift of all: my smile. I feel blessed knowing that even in a dark world there are those who can shed light.

*names have been changed to protect privacy of constituents.

Darrell

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I took a chance and wrote a letter, and it was a miracle that I was given a once-in-a-lifetime gift. My heart is full of gratitude that I will cherish forever, and I will never forget your absolute generosity.

*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.