In times of crisis, we need more than ever to ensure that writers’ voices are heard. During the COVID-19 pandemic, PEN Canada has faced a steep decline in fundraising revenues. Margaret Atwood, the honorary Vice-President of PEN International has pledged to match up to $25,000 of your donations until we reach our goal of $50,000. Read her letter below:
Dear fellow PEN supporter,
I’m writing today to ask you to join me in donating to PEN Canada at this critical time.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, PEN Canada has experienced a 70 percent drop in fundraising revenues.
Like many human rights organizations, PEN’s ability to deliver the important work it does depends predominantly on private donations. Not surprisingly, this unprecedented decline in donations presents a significant challenge to the sustainability of PEN’s work for the remainder of this fiscal year and perhaps its very survival in the future.
In these days of growing social and political inequity and unrest, we need more than ever to ensure that the voices of writers are heard. But without the support of donors like you and me, PEN Canada’s programs and indeed the organization itself are in real danger of collapse.
So today, I am pledging to match up to $25,000 in your donations until we reach our goal of $50,000.
Please join me in supporting PEN Canada. Share our message with your friends and colleagues on Facebook and Twitter.
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Donate today and help us continue to celebrate literature, protect freedom of expression and ensure that our voices are heard.
Honorary Vice-President, PEN International