Support The Poetry Center

Poetry Center programs for 2022–23 are kindly supported by the Sam Mazza Foundation, the Poetry Coalition, the John F. Norton Trust, the Dorothy A. Fowler Trust, San Francisco State University College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Anonymous Donors, and Friends of the Poetry Center. Please join us!

From the Director


November 2022

Dear Friend,

Greetings. The Poetry Center is trying to raise $15,000 by January 1. Can you help us reach that mark? All of what you can give goes directly to supporting the poets who'll bring us their words this coming year.

Come February 2023, it will be 70 years since The Poetry Center started its operations — organizing the means and public space for poets to bring their work to audiences, paying the artists for their work, and documenting these unique presentations for the unpresupposable future. In recent months we've added some 50 video programs to our dedicated online archive, some going back to the 1970s (with real revelations and intimations of what the archive holds), and we're nearing a million viewers at Poetry Center Digital Archive.

Can you help us keep things rolling? We're aware not everyone can afford to make a donation. If you can, please do. One of the options if you hit the DONATE NOW button is to give a little each month, the way that I donate to KPFA-FM, one small $10 drop at a time, which becomes $120, a nicer drop, by year's end. Your one-time donation is also most welcome! We're working on new fundraising applications with foundations for this coming year, AND we still rely considerably on gifts from folks like you to keep this organization happening. 

This past year we'll have hosted 25 distinct events with over 60 poets and writers bringing their work your way. We'll be doing more outstanding programs in December — each of which offers (a backhanded gift from the pandemic) the option to tune in online, during or after the appointed time. Details below for these events, with lots more headed your way after we shift into the imminent New Year. 

Great good wishes to you as this year comes to its turn. And thank you for your kind donation to The Poetry Center. We rely most of all on friends like you!

Gratefully yours, 
Steve Dickison
Director, The Poetry Center

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

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.


Give by mail (check)

Check made payable to “The University Corporation, SF State” (please indicate “Poetry Center” in the memo line) and mail to:

Office of University Development
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 by learning more when you click DONATE NOW. 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.