The Leadership Circle is a national society of generous individuals and family foundations who support the National Book Foundation with annual gifts of $2,500 and above. Many members also become strategic partners helping to guide and inform our work.

Leadership Circle members are invited to participate in special events held throughout the year that feature distinguished authors, go deeper into the books and people celebrated through our award programs, and explore strategic questions related to the National Book Foundation’s vision of building a nation of readers.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Meg Tansey, Director of Development, at mtansey@nationalbook.org.

The National Book Foundation’s Leadership Circle includes individuals, families, donor-advised funds, and family foundations who provide generous support for the National Book Foundation with gifts of $2,500 or more during a single fiscal year (May 1 – April 30), including matching funds generated by a donor’s initial gifts.

Annual Giving Levels & Benefits

$2,500 – $4,999

  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website

$5,000 – $9,999

  • Invitation for two to the public reading and private reception for 5 Under 35 honorees
  • Opportunity to purchase two tickets to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website

$10,000 – 24,999

  • Two tickets to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to the public reading and private reception for 5 Under 35 honorees
  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website

$25,000 – 49,999

  • Four tickets to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to the public reading and private reception for 5 Under 35 honorees
  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website

$50,000 – 99,999

  • Four tickets to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Opportunity to host, virtually or in-person, a private “book club” event facilitated by the National Book Foundation and featuring the current year’s Longlist titles
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to the public reading and private reception for 5 Under 35 honorees
  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website

$100,000+

  • Four tickets to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation to walk the National Book Awards red carpet
  • Opportunity to host, virtually or in-person, a private “book club” event facilitated by the National Book Foundation and featuring the current year’s Longlist titles
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to the public reading and private reception for 5 Under 35 honorees
  • Invitation to annual briefing meeting with the National Book Foundation Executive Director to discuss and solicit feedback on organizational priorities
  • Invitation, with two reserved seats, for the National Book Awards Finalist Reading
  • Invitation to private events featuring leading authors throughout the year
  • A complete set of National Book Award Finalists by category or Winners
  • Recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website


For more information, including on tax-deductible portions of Leadership Circle benefits, please contact Meg Tansey at mtansey@nationalbook.org.

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