Commissioners’ Circle - $2,400 member, $4,800 supporter, $10,000 leader

Commissioners’ Circle is a high level contemporary form of patronage that directly supports our new commissions while offering supporters the opportunity for in-depth engagement with writers and artists.

The Commissioners’ Circle is a special group of patrons that directly supports the Givens Foundation’s new commissions by contributing annually to a fund benefiting new projects for the programming season. A modern form of patronage, the fund allows the Givens Foundation to present a broad range of emerging and established writers and artists the opportunity to create new work that contributes to the development of their artistic practice.


Leader: $10,000 

Supporter: $4,800

Member: $2,400


  • Dinner with the executive director, curators, and artist(s)
  • Invitations to exclusive previews, post-event dinners, VIP receptions, private discussions, and guided trips
  • Acknowledgment on all printed and online materials relating to our new commission projects 
  • Annual selection of publications
  • Access to new commission writers and artists through private visits, as requested
  • Acknowledgment in the annual report and on

For more information about this special giving opportunity, please contact Tana Hargest , Executive Director, at 917-304-9321 or Please see below to make your tax-deductible membership contribution online.

Prefer to donate with a check? Our mailing address is:

The Givens Foundation for African American Literature

2822 Lyndale Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55408