Corporate Support 

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 number 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 Tana Hargest, Executive Director, at 917-304-9321 or


Corporate Partners  |  Sponsorship Opportunities |  Matching Gifts

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.

For more information regarding the Corporate Partners Program, contact Tana Hargest, Executive Director, at 917-304-9321 or


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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.

For more information regarding Corporate Sponsorship opportunities, contact Tana Hargest, Executive Director, at 917-304-9321 or

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.

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.


Convening & Conferences

Our annual convening and biennial education conference  advance dialogues on contemporary culture and culturally responsive arts education scholarship. These special events offer high visibility and community recognition for sponsors.


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.

Programs for Writers

Our Emerging Writers' Mentor Program has supported the development of nearly 80 Black writers. Coming in fall of 2016, we will offer 6 week professional development course, and summer of 2017 will see the launch of a multi-week for emerging and mid-career writers. 

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, with pilots in development in 2016 in Los Angeles, Houston, and Detroit.

Black Books

Our community reading campaign, Black Books, is wide ranging, reaching diverse individual readers and intact reading groups. Examples include youth reading groups, prison book clubs, elder social groups, and company-wide book clubs. 


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

2822 Lyndale Avenue South

Minneapolis, MN 55408


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