Join us! Help Support The Poetry Center

Poetry Center programs for 2018–19 are kindly supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund, the Poetry Coalition (via a grant from the Ford Foundation), the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, the John F. Norton Trust, San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Anonymous Donors, and Friends of the Poetry Center.

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Letter from the Director

It's a new year, with new possibilities for The Poetry Center to pursue — with your help! PLEASE READ ON....

December 10, 2018

Dear Friend,

We need to ask for your donation! This past year was a transitional one for The Poetry Center. After losing our reliable annual funding from the City of San Francisco, we managed to attract special program support from two foundations; renewed support from the National Endowment for the Arts; and a truly encouraging span of donations from individual persons and some small family trusts.

And so this Fall, just concluded, we launched a number of new program series: maybe you were in the audience for some of what we did, or have tuned in at Poetry Center Digital Archive — or you caught some of our video highlights via our channel with DocFilm at YouTube.

Beyond these supported new series, we need to draw on individual donations — from you, and others like you, engaged with what The Poetry Center continues to offer.

We know that our program support can and will change with each coming year, contingent on our ability to find and secure new, dedicated funds. And, as always, our program funds nearly all go directly to writers (for honoraria, transport, accommodations when needed), with small allotments for venue rental and promotions.

The most encouraging gifts we get are from people who decide for the first time to send us a check, or make an easy online donation. Please join those who do so each year: $50 makes you a member; $30 for low-income giving; and $100 or more is very welcome. 

If you are capable—especially if your employer offers matching donations—every $500 allows us to host a local writer; anywhere from $750 to $1,500 lets us invite a writer from outside the area. And, as we asked last year, if you are able to underwrite an annual program, from $1,000 to $2,500, please write to me directly. Contributions are tax-deductible within allowable limits of tax law.

Grateful, as ever, for your generosity — Thank you!

Steve Dickison, Director


Ways to Give

Give Online

There are multiple options for making online donations. Please consider, e.g., a recurring donation, once per month (or quarterly) at whatever amount you want to give.

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Give by mail (check)

Mail your donation to:

The Poetry Center/SFSU
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Additional Giving

You may wish to consider one or more of the following enhanced giving strategies:

Matching Gifts

Many companies match employee gifts up to a certain limit per year. Ask your human resources department whether your company is among those participating in a gift-matching program, or consult SF State’s matching gifts database.

Recurring Gifts

Recurring credit-card gifts can enable you to make a more significant gift than you might otherwise be able to afford at one time. You can elect to make a recurring gift on the College of Liberal & Creative Arts Donation Form. Please explore the options there for monthly or quarterly donations of any amount.

Donating Securities

For information on how to donate securities or other types of assets, please contact University Development.

Planned Giving

Through planned giving, you can make the most of your estate in ways that will leave a generous and significant legacy for future generations of chamber musicians and lovers of the art of chamber music. For further information please contact University Development, or visit the Planned Giving website.

IRS Regulations

Your gift is tax deductible to the full extent allowed under IRS regulations. For further information please contact University Development.

Make a donation today to The Poetry Center!