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 [email protected].

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.

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 our 5 Under 35 Ceremony
  • 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
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to our 5 Under 35 Ceremony
  • 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 – 49,000

  • 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
  • Recognition in an Awards-related advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to our 5 Under 35 Ceremony
  • 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

  • One table (12 tickets) to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Premium recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website
  • 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
  • Recognition in an Awards-related advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to our 5 Under 35 Ceremony
  • 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

$100,000

  • One premium table (12 tickets) to the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Exclusive photo opportunities, including on the red carpet and backstage with National Book Award Winners
  • Premium recognition in the National Book Awards program, and on the National Book Foundation website
  • 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
  • Recognition in an Awards-related advertisement
  • Verbal recognition at the National Book Awards Ceremony & Benefit Dinner
  • Invitation for two to our 5 Under 35 Ceremony
  • 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

Please note, availability of in-person events is currently dependent on local health guidelines.

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