The fastest and easiest way to support the work of the Great Books Foundation is to give online. Your unrestricted gift to the Great Books Annual Fund supports life-changing initiatives for adults and Great Books programs in K–12 schools across the country. You can also choose to focus your gift on helping young readers establish a love of literature and a foundation for life-long learning or on supporting powerful new programs for adults, including Talking Service and Reading Between the Lines. Give Now.


Tributes and Memorials

A tribute or memorial gift is a meaningful way to honor someone special in your life—an influential teacher, a longstanding participant in a Great Books group, or a friend or family member who loves books. Give Now.


Consider a Monthly Gift

Your monthly gift, at an amount that is comfortable for you, provides a consistent and reliable source of funding for life-changing programs in K–12 schools and communities across the country. Give Now.


Give by Mail or Phone

Send a check or money order, made out to The Great Books Foundation, to:

Annual Fund
Great Books Foundation
233 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 420
Chicago, IL 60601-5813

To use a credit card, please contact us.


Employer Matching Gifts

If your employer has a Matching Gift Program, it can double or triple your own gift. When mailing a contribution, be sure to enclose a Matching Gift form from your employer. We will process the paperwork and send you an acknowledgment (and thank you!) upon receipt of your employer’s gift. Give Now.


Planned Giving

In addition to supporting Great Books, planned giving can provide a financial benefit to you and your loved ones by generating income for you during your lifetime, protecting your assets, or reducing your tax liability. Consider designating the Great Books Foundation as a beneficiary of a portion of your estate.


Thank you for your support

The Great Books Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that depends in part on contributions. Your tax-deductible contribution is greatly appreciated. For any questions, or if you wish to discuss a gift, contact Valentina T. Parissi, Chief Executive Officer, at 312-646-7112 or use the form below.

Consider a Major Gift

Subsidize a Junior Great Books program in a school, fund publication of a Great Books anthology of readings for discussion, or sponsor a fundraising dinner or event. Talk to us about ways your major gift can help us achieve the promise of democracy—participation for all.