October, 2012

Dear Friend:

We're writing you today to ask for your help in taking advantage of a rare, time-limited opportunity.

In recognition of our work at The Voices and Faces Project – and because the current economic climate has made it more difficult than ever for small, non-traditional non-profits like ours to raise operating expenses – one of our earliest and most stalwart supporters, The William H. Donner Foundation, is offering to match donations made to The Voices and Faces Project between now and October 31st, 2012.

We must raise a minimum of $25,000 to take advantage of this unique opportunity - and we are 60% of the way there. Please help us meet our goal, and make an even bigger difference for survivors of sexual violence and trafficking in 2013.

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In practical terms, what will raising this money mean? It means that we'll be able to reach twice as many communities with "The Stories We Tell," the country's first testimonial writing workshop for survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and trafficking ...partner with our allies at Northwestern University's Center for Forced Migration Studies to bring The Voices and Faces Project to the Democratic Republic of Congo...and continue to connect the testimony of survivors of sexual violence to policymakers in Washington, DC in order to make the most effective case possible for the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act.

If you've given to us before, we hope you'll do so again before the end of October. If you've never given to The Voices and Faces Project, now is the perfect time to have twice the impact (which can make all of the difference for a smaller organization like ours).

Thanks, in advance, for joining us in making a fully tax-deductible donation to The Voices and Faces Project, before the end of the month. One survivor at a time, one story at a time, we truly believe that we can change the world.

All the best,

charlotte sig Charlotte Pierce-Baker
christa sig Christa Desir
Anne K. Ream

Charlotte Pierce-Baker is a founding member of The Voices and Faces Project, the author of "Surviving the Silence: Black Women's Stories of Rape" (W.W. Norton), and a professor at Vanderbilt University.

Christa Desir is The Voices and Faces Project's board president, an alumna of our testimonial writing program, and the author of TRAINWRECK (Simon and Schuster), a forthcoming Young Adult novel about rape.

Anne K. Ream is the founder of The Voices and Faces Project and a past finalist for the Dorothea Lange-Paul Taylor Documentary Prize for her series of sexual violence survivor profiles.