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Letter to Doris: What Doris Taught Senior Program Officer Sherlynn

Our passionate and dedicated staff is an important piece in making Doris’ philanthropic vision possible. Every day, our Program Officers work tirelessly to help our clients get the hand up they need to stabilize their lives. Senior Program Officer, Sherlynn, has been working one-on-one with clients as part of Doris’ giving for a decade. Her … Continued

Building Local Partnerships to Strengthen our Community

Collaboration between constituents, communities and funders is instrumental to our approach to grantmaking at Letters Foundation. In order to reach the people Doris Buffett has supported over the years, we launched the Foundation’s first strategic effort to build partnerships with community-based nonprofits in Greater Boston in March of 2017.  Starting with a group of select … Continued

Letter to Doris: Nell Shares The Importance of Providing a Hand Up

We are so grateful for all that our volunteers do—from supporting us administratively, to carefully reviewing each letter, to serving as advocates for clients—to help make our grant-making possible. Each volunteer brings a thoughtful perspective, shaped by his or her unique experience, that enriches our work and enables us to better fulfill Doris’ philanthropic vision. … Continued

Letters to Doris: Our Two Original Sunshine Scholars Share Their Gratitude

We are so grateful for all that our community partners do to help us better serve our community. One of those partners is the Red Sox Foundation. Doris is a long-time supporter of the Red Sox Scholars program, which provides nine years of mentoring, enrichment activities, and educational scholarships to students from Boston Public Schools.  … Continued

Two Years of Offering a Hand Up to Individuals Across the U.S.

When Doris Buffett relocated to Boston, her favorite philanthropic initiative—the Letters Program—moved with her.  The Letters Foundation was formally established in fall 2016, with our dedicated team working to expand our reach to individuals across the country. Doris’ lifelong commitment to individuals, in addition to her kind and practical approach to problem-solving, continue to inform … Continued

Volunteer Q&A: Harriet Shares the Importance of Volunteering

Our wonderful volunteers are integral to everything that we do at the Letters Foundation. Every week, they donate precious time and invaluable skills to help make our grant-making possible. Harriet has volunteered with the Letters Foundation since September 2017. She began volunteering with the Letters Foundation as an Operations Volunteer, where she provided administrative support … Continued