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About Us

The Great Books Foundation was established in 1947 to promote the reading and discussion of great literature. In 1962 we extended our mission to children with the introduction of Junior Great Books®. Since our inception, the Foundation has helped hundreds of thousands of people throughout the United States and in other countries begin their own discussion groups in schools, libraries, community centers, and private homes.

Each year, our professional learning consultants conduct hundreds of courses and webinars on the Shared Inquiry™ method of learning. Participants are taught the basics of how to lead and participate in Shared Inquiry discussions. They also learn activities that improve critical thinking, reading comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills.


The Great Books Foundation is an independent nonprofit educational organization whose mission is to empower readers of all ages to become more reflective and responsible thinkers. To accomplish this, we teach the art of civil discourse through the Shared Inquiry method and publish enduring works that include both classic and contemporary materials that cross many disciplines.


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Donation Information

Your contribution helps us bring the gift of lifelong learning to more people and allows them to experience the joy of reading and discussing literature. The Great Books Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. For more information on donation opportunities, please contact Steve Craig at craigs@greatbooks.org or 312.646.7162.

The Great Books Foundation Financial Report

Copies of the annual financial report, the IRS 990 form, and other relevant public documents are available from the Foundation upon request.