The Givens Foundation for African American Literature


Corporate support is vital to The Givens Foundation’s efforts to advance cultural understanding and learning through programs that inspire a passion for African American literature and writers. There are a variety of ways for corporations to support the Givens Foundation, whether you become a Corporate Partner, or sponsor a public program or event, or match employees’ gifts.

To learn more about the opportunities below, contact The Foundation at

Corporate Partners
Investment from the corporate community is essential in helping the Givens Foundation fulfill its mission to inspire a lifelong love of literature, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities. Corporate Partners receive a host of benefits, including exclusive invitations to Givens Foundation events, discounts to public programs, as well as customized community recognition and opportunities to enhance employee and customer relations.

Sponsorship Opportunities
The Givens Foundation reaches a diverse audience around the world through a wide variety of public programs, digital initiatives, education programs, and special projects that can each provide a compelling sponsorship platform. Sponsors receive a range of visibility benefits that can be customized to meet the unique needs of your company.

Readings & Talks
Givens Readings and Talks reach a diverse national audience. Examples include the NOMMO African American Author Series, our flagship reading and conversation series, and Black Book Talks, a series of talks with the authors featured in our monthly Black Books community reading campaign.

Salon Series
Events in our Salon Series are excellent opportunities for client entertainment, while also supporting the vital work of an important educational and cultural organization. Contributions to Salon events are tax-deductible (excluding goods and services provided) and all proceeds benefit the Givens Foundation.

Digital Initiatives
The Givens Foundation has a number of digital initiatives and special projects that reach a diverse audience around the world, and provide compelling sponsorship platforms. Examples include the Black Market Reads, our weekly literary podcast, webcasts of our NOMMO and Black Book Talks author series, and broadcasts programs of our annual convening.

Education Programs
The Givens Foundation has provided ground breaking literary arts education programs to thousands of educators and students in the Twin Cities Metro. New sponsorship opportunities are sought as we prepare to expand the program nationally.

Programs for Writers
Our Emerging Writers' Mentor Program has supported the development of nearly 100 Black Minnesota writers. Your support will help us re-launch this vital program in 2018.

Matching Gifts
Another way that companies contribute to The Givens Foundation is by matching employees’ gifts to The Foundation. Matching gift programs help companies support the causes important to their employees and enhance their good corporate citizenry.

Check with your human resources department to see if your company matches charitable donations, and request a matching gift form. Mail us the form at the address below and we'll take care of everything from there.

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature
5775 Wayzata Blvd., Suite 700
St. Louis Park, MN 55416-1233


A broad base of support from our community is vital to our success and any and every gift is valued at The Givens Foundation for African American Literature. The contributions of these donors to build a world where the Black experience and communities of color are central to the sharing of story in all its forms. We gratefully acknowledge donations and in-kind gifts received by the following individuals and businesses given during the calendar year 2018.

$20,000 - $90,000
Minnesota State Arts Board
Target Foundation

Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation

$5,000 - $9,999
Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation

$1,200 - $4,999
Stinson Leonard Street LLP

$500 - $1,199
Susan Campion
John (Jay) Cowles III and Elizabeth Page Knudsen Cowles
Archie Givens, Jr.
Herman J. Milligan, Jr.
Thomas Nelson
James W. Rustad

$5 - $499
Beth Bowman
Robert Colbert
Richard Copland
Fred Harris and Archie F. Harris
Roxanne Givens
Carla-Elaine Johnson
Josie Johnson
James Lenfesty
Joseph Murray
Aster Nebro
Fiona Quick
Pohlad Family Foundation
Amos Rosenbloom
Vanessa M. Stephens
Debra Stone
The Fulton Group, LLC
Whitney Foundation
Stephanie Weiss
Jerry Wilson
Y Foundation
YourCause LLC