Tonight, I'm going to share with you a letter sent to me by a prisoner who won a scholarship but was told we had to be placed on a waiting list because the scholarship fund was low on money. He came up with a brilliant idea. He wanted to seek funds from corporations on behalf of the charity foundation so that the foundation can have the money to fulfill his and other scholarships. I will be forwarding this letter to corporate heads on his behalf.
To: Chief Executive Officer
I am writing on behalf of myself and other inmates throughout the United States who are striving to make positive changes in their lives. The citizens of this great nation are tired of criminals destroying their communities, and as a result all the laws are designed to incarcerate one and not to rehabilitate.
The Prison Scholar Fund is a nonprofit organization that gives grants through a selective process to inmates who will be released into society and are seeking a degree, or other types of higher learning. The Prison Scholar Fund is tax deductible under IRS code 501(c)(3) Nonprofit organization.
As a result of the current economic downturn, they are grossly underfunded. I speak for many incarcerated persons when I say that the grants awarded by the Prison Scholar Fund are our last, or only, option to pursue a higher education, which will allow us to take one step closer to becoming capable contributing members of society.
As such, I'm asking for your and your company's support. Any contributions, no matter how small, will help. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated.
For more information you can log on to (www.prisonscholarfund.org) or (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you for your much appreciated time and consideration.
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This is a prisoner's voice I hope many will rally behind. Though the letter goes out to corporate heads, anyone can contribute to this fund. Its a great cause. I've interacted with Dirk myself. I hope you all will look into the organization for yourselves.
Supaman Tion Terrell