Support The Poetry Center

Poetry Center programs for 2019–20 are kindly supported by the Walter & Elise Haas Fund, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Poetry Coalition (via a grant to the Academy of American Poets from the Andrew W. Mellon 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. Join us!

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Letter from the Director

Dear Friend,

End of year greetings, as 2019 slips away and 2020 slides into place. We’re working for a better year. To that end, we’ve had an encouraging and imaginatively generative past year at The Poetry Center, thanks to the presence and creative work of 44 poets and other artists, translators, scholars and musicians in the house, appearing at no less than 34 events. These occasions took place, besides at our own site, at a dozen public locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley, from February to December. We’re planning 30 equally compelling events for 2020.

We do this with your support. As you’re no doubt aware, every year we rely on modest donations from people like you, attuned to the work we do. We’re extremely aware that we’re doing this work in the economically brutal environs of the Bay Area. Everything costs more, and poetry isn’t a moneymaker. I’ve been finding that $5 each month is an economically easier way to go if you’re on a tight budget. That makes $60 for the year. If you can do so, double that to $10 per month for $120. Or just make an easy online one-time donation. Checks are always very welcome, made out to: The Poetry Center/SFSU, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco CA 94132. Some employers will match your donation, so please ask where you work. We promise to put your gift to good use.

The Poetry Center has been fortunate in being awarded several significant grants that we’ve applied for since 2018, when our 20+ years of annual funding from the City of San Francisco was concluded. We’ve managed to launch new program series with the help of private foundation and small family foundation grants. We got back on track with the National Endowment for the Arts. We’ve maintained a first-ever Writer in Residence program. And we’ve continued, working with the DocFilm Institute since 2015, video-documenting all of the Poetry Center Reading Series for free online access at Poetry Center Digital Archive.

We’ll continue, of course, securing foundation and endowment support. Though individual donations are essential—for demonstrating to larger funders that we indeed have wide public support, and for covering program costs our funders don’t. If you or someone you know is able to offer an annual gift in support of a program series ($1,500/year, and upwards, can fund a single annual event), please write to me. Tune in to what’s becoming a significant online archive of recent videos (alongside historic video and audio) at Poetry Center Digital Archive. And come to our events!

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. 

Contributions are tax-deductible within allowable limits of tax law.

See you in the new year. And 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.

Online donation form

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.

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