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Every Letter Read: Reflections from Our Board

Next month marks the end of the Letters Foundation’s four-year tenure in Boston. For this last blog post, we invited our Board of Directors to reflect on which aspects of Doris Buffett’s legacy have been most resonant, and how serving on the Board has offered new perspectives: We represent Doris Buffett’s dearest family and friends, … Continued

Every Letter Read: Reflections From Our Staff

As we prepare to sunset at the end of 2020, we invited our staff to reflect on which aspects of our work have been most resonant, which constituent stories have left the strongest impression us, and what learnings we will carry forward: The work we do at Letters Foundation is unique: we direct funds to … Continued

Standing Against Racism and Injustice

Dear Letters Foundation Community, Like many of you, I have been following the tragic news of the recent murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor and the traumatic fallout and pain from those events. I am deeply saddened and angered by the continued brutalization of Black people and the institutional racism embedded in  … Continued

Every Letter Read: Reflections from Our Volunteer Community

Since we opened our doors in September 2016, our volunteers have played an integral role in our grantmaking and have served as core members of our community. Their efforts as Operations Volunteers, Letter Readers, Application Specialists, and Researchers ensure that every letter the Foundation receives is read and responded to, and that every eligible constituent … Continued

A Look Back at Our Grantmaking Programs: PAIR Initiative

In fall 2017, the City of Boston, Letters Foundation, and Gavin Foundation announced the launch of the PAIR Initiative (Personal Advancement for Individuals in Recovery), the first public-private partnership of its kind. Letters Foundation pledged $100K to support individuals connected to services at Gavin Foundation or the City of Boston‘s PAATHS Program, providing small but … Continued

Sunset Announcement

For almost 15 years, philanthropist Doris Buffett and a small group of friends and volunteers have been reading and responding to the letters written to the Buffett family from people who are in need of financial help. In 2016, the Letters Foundation moved from Maine to Boston, MA when Doris made Boston her new home.  … Continued

Our Core Organizational Values

Dear Letters Foundation Community, Over the past year, we, Letters Foundation staff, have been on a challenging and reflective journey to define the values that guide our work.  We started with the questions: “What do we care about? What do we hold ourselves accountable to?” Over a series of spirited group discussions, the 18 of … Continued

Circle de Luz: Lifting Up The Latina Community in Charlotte

This month, in honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we are thrilled to feature the Charlotte-based organization Circle de Luz, a nonprofit that radically empowers young Latinas through extensive mentoring, holistic programming and scholarship funds for further education. We learned about Circle de Luz from Michelle Serrano-Mills, a mentor, original donor, and funder of the … Continued

Sharing Letters to Doris With Nonprofits in Our Extended Community

This past month, we hosted two events elevating Letters to Doris, our recently published book featuring 24 grant recipients, who told us their stories and shared how a grant from the Letters Foundation impacted their lives. First we journeyed to Philadelphia, PA to share Letters to Doris at Impact100 Philadelphia‘s Annual Membership Kickoff. At the … Continued