Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

Bring back the art of letter writing while supporting literacy in Chicago!

The holidays are fast approaching, and they always provide a wonderful opportunity for us to reconnect with the people we love. This year, we’re asking supporters like you to take it one step further, replace the e-cards, and join us for our first ever peer-to-peer fundraiser and letter writing campaign: Signed, Sealed, Delivered. This campaign will kick off November 13 and run through the end of the year.

In the spirit of holiday giving, please consider supporting the Chicago Literacy Alliance as an official Letter Writer to raise funds that will help us move one step closer to our goal of creating a 100% literate Chicago. How it works:

  • Instead of running a 5K and asking for donations from family and friends, Letter Writers will create individual fundraising pages where they will provide a menu of fun options from which anyone who makes a donation supporting the CLA can choose. This might range from sending a letter to the person who donated, writing to a political figure, sending a message of support to deployed soldiers, or sending a letter to someone’s child from the Tooth Fairy or Santa.
  • Letter Writers will send out requested letters in exchange for donations – thus, spreading holiday cheer and raising money for a worthy cause all at the same time!
  • The Chicago Literacy Alliance will be eternally grateful for your support in spreading awareness for our work and supporting our programs.
  • Be sure to check out the Fundraising Tips and Letter Writing Menu below for more ideas.

We’ll be providing support to all of our Letter Writers throughout the campaign, so you’ll never have to feel like you’re alone in your fundraising journey. From stationery packets to letter writing happy hours, we have your back.

Questions? Please reach out to Chelsea Dowty at


Low on stationery?

Get your fundraising efforts started by donating to your own page and we’ll send you a starter-kit!

  • $15 – you’ll receive a mystery grab bag of cards, envelopes, and stationery.
  • $25 – We’ll send you a packet of our official Signed, Sealed, Delivered stationery and envelopes.


Your roadmap for success.

From statistics to sample emails, we have everything you need for your letter writing campaign.


Get your creative juices flowing.

Whether you’re a natural writer or a complete novice, we have letter writing ideas for everyone.