www.offeringofletters.org – new website for Breads OL campaign

February 4, 2009 at 6:07 am Leave a comment

We’re trying out something new this year at Bread, and we hope you’ll like it.  Today, we launched our new Offering of Letters Website for our 2009 Campaign to make foreign aid more effective.

The website is at www.bread.org/OL2009 or at www.offeringofletters.org

Here is the sample letter from the website:

The Two-Minute Letter

An effective letter to Congress needs three things: 

  1. Put your name and address at the end of your letter AND on the envelope, so your members of Congress know that you are one of the people they represent.
  2. Ask for specific action, using the sentence below or your own words:
    “Please work to bring U.S. foreign assistance up to date and ensure that development is elevated as a national priority, alongside defense and diplomacy, in our foreign policy.”
  3. Give reasons why. Examples are:
    • U.S. foreign assistance is governed by a law signed by President John F. Kennedy in 1961. With a new president and new Congress, this is an important opportunity to modernize and improve foreign aid.
    • Many development assistance programs already make a difference. But the large number of federal agencies and offices involved in distributing aid demands a more coordinated system.
    • As a global leader, the United States must elevate development within our foreign policy to help create a better, safer world.
  4. Send your letter to Congress.

Put each letter in a separate envelope and address it. Send your letter to:

Sen. __________
U.S. Senate 
Washington, DC 20510

Rep. _________
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Sample Letter

Updated: February 2, 2009

Dear Sen. ________ or Dear Rep.________,

I’m asking that you make something our nation has been doing well even better.

Aid from the United States already helps low-income nations reduce hunger and poverty. But our nation’s foreign assistance programs are seriously outdated and need to be better coordinated in order to be more effective. It is time for Congress to look at making poverty reduction a primary goal of foreign assistance.

Please work to bring U.S. foreign assistance up to date and ensure that development is elevated as a national priority, alongside defense and diplomacy, in our foreign policy. This will ensure more economic opportunities in low-income countries and help poor people lift themselves out of hunger and poverty.


Your Name
Your Address


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