Donor Letter

February 14, 2010

XYZ Corporation
President John Smith
12345 Main Street
Eugene, OR 97401

Dear Mr. Smith,

Any contribution can make a difference.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck 14 miles west of Haiti’s shore on Jan. 12, 2010, destroying most of the capital of Port-au-Prince.  The earthquake is the most severe that Haiti has seen in more than 200 years.

The earthquake struck in the most densely populated area of the country. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies estimates that as many as 3 million people have been affected by the quake—one third of the Haitian population.  On Feb. 10, the Haitian government confirmed a death toll of 230,000.  Authorities estimate that 300,000 had been injured and as many as one million Haitians have been left homeless.

Port-au-Prince’s morgue facilities were overwhelmed almost immediately. By Jan. 14, one thousand bodies had been placed on the streets and pavements. Government crews manned trucks collecting thousands more bodies and burying them in mass graves.  Above-ground tombs were forced open so some of the bodies could be stacked inside and remaining bodies were burned.

In the nights following the earthquake many people slept in the streets, on pavements, in their cars or in makeshift shanties either because their houses had been destroyed, or they feared standing structures would not withstand the multitude of aftershocks. Construction standards are low in Haiti and the country has no building codes. Structures are built wherever they can fit.  Many buildings were built on slopes with insufficient foundations or steel works.

The Presidential Palace was destroyed after the entire second floor collapsed onto the first floor.  The Haitian Parliament building, United Nations mission headquarters and the National Cathedral were among the structures that were damaged beyond repair.

The damaged infrastructure has made international aid efforts challenging.  The main port was damaged beyond immediate use, the one local airport is of limited capacity and border crossings with the Dominican Republic are distant and crowded.

A representative of Catholic Relief Services estimates that before the disaster nearly two million Haitians lived as squatters on land they did not own and the country suffered from shortages of fuel and potable water.

Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.  The poverty rate before the disaster was at 80 percent—a number which has grown exponentially since the earthquake.

Now, more than ever, Haiti needs your help.

In the aftermath of the disaster, President Barack Obama asked President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush to raise funds for immediate, high-impact relief and long-term recovery efforts to help people who are most in need of assistance. In response, the two Presidents established the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund (CBHF) to respond to unmet needs in the country, help foster economic opportunity, improve the quality of life over the long term for people whose lives were affected by this tragedy, and assist Haitians with rebuilding their lives and “build back better.”

Presidents Clinton and Bush oversee the CBHF through their respective nonprofit organizations, the William J. Clinton Foundation and Communities Foundation of Texas. One hundred percent of donations received will be allocated to Haiti relief efforts.

This disaster is one of the largest humanitarian emergencies in the history of the Americas.  Our immediate priority is to save lives. The critical needs in Haiti are great, but they are also simple: food, water, shelter, and first-aid supplies. The best way concerned businesses can help is to donate funds that will directly supply these basic needs.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is working to provide immediate relief and long-term support to earthquake survivors by helping Haitians rebuild their cities, neighborhoods and families.

We ask you to give what you can to help ensure the people of Haiti can build back stronger and better than ever.  Please remember that a contribution of any size will make a difference and no donation is too small.

Donations can be made on the foundation’s website, http://www.clintonbushhaitifund.org, using any major credit card or PayPal.  Please include your business’ tax identification number when making your donation.

We thank you for your support in helping save and repair the lives of millions of Haitians.

Sincerely,

President William J. Clinton
President George W. Bush

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