Community is the cornerstone of the Virginia Festival of the Book and our programming engages people of all ages, from all backgrounds and across all genres.

By supporting the Festival, you are supporting statewide dialogue on important themes, from literacy to social and economic equality. You are fostering the next generation of readers and leaders by enabling us to provide thought-provoking and fun programming in schools for students at all levels. You are ensuring that the majority of Festival programs each year can be presented free of charge and for all to enjoy. 

Ways to Give

All donors are listed on the Festival’s Sponsors page shortly before the Festival and are published in the Festival’s printed guide. Additional benefits include: 

  • Up to $99 receives a set of 2021 Festival stickers
  • $100+ receives a 2021 pocket notebook plus stickers
  • $250+ receives a Festival tote bag plus stickers
  • $500+ receives a set of Festival letterpress notecards, printed at the Virginia Center for the Book
  • $1,000+ receives an invitation to our annual private authors’ reception in March
  • Literary Leaders: $2,500+ receives all benefits listed above plus a curated set of Festival books in February

Give Online

Make a gift using our secure, online form.

Send a Check

Checks may be made out to Virginia Humanities and sent to:

Virginia Humanities
Attn: Virginia Festival of the Book
145 Ednam Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22903

Specific Funds

You may also consider designating your gift to a specific fund in support of the Virginia Festival of the Book:

The Authors Fund provides much-needed funds for author travel and lodging, thus enabling us to recruit and bring to the Festival:

  • highly sought-after authors with international name recognition,
  • compelling authors from under-represented backgrounds, and
  • up-and-coming authors before they’re generally well known.

With initial funding from David Baldacci, Renee and John Grisham, Jan Karon, and Lee Smith, we have created the Authors Fund as a way to ensure the Festival’s financial sustainability and to continue building the level of excellence audiences have come to expect. By contributing to the Authors Fund, you support the Festival’s continued excellence in the caliber and diversity of authors we recruit, the programs we host, and the audiences we engage in discussion of critical topics. To designate a gift to the Authors Fund, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.

We invite you to consider an investment of $2,500 to the Virginia Festival of the Book. By making this level of investment, Literary Leaders support the ongoing vitality of our programming each year as well as one of the most important components of the Festival: author visits to local public and private K-12 classrooms. Literary Leaders are recognized in our print publication Views, in the Festival’s printed guide, on the Festival website, and at the Festival’s annual kickoff event, the Read & Lead Lunch. They also receive a Festival tote with a curated selection of five books featured at the upcoming Festival, two tickets to the Read & Lead Lunch, and two tickets to the Saturday evening Authors’ Reception. To designate a gift as a Literary Leader, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.

To honor the memory of Carol Troxell, thirty-year owner of New Dominion Bookshop, we invite you to support the Carol Troxell Fund–celebrating voracious reading. Each year, the Festival features an author as the Carol Troxell Reader, featuring him or her in a solo reading at New Dominion in addition to their regular program. By contributing to this fund, you will help support this ongoing effort and the selected authors, this year and in the future. We hope you can help us honor Carol’s memory in this way. To designate a gift to the Carol Troxell Fund, please make a note of this on your check or online donation form.

As a sponsor of the Virginia Festival of the Book, you are investing in reading, books, and literacy, while also demonstrating your support of the premier spring festival in Charlottesville and Albemarle County. Designated a “signature community event” by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Festival welcomes more than 20,000 attendees to the area each March.

The Festival offers a variety of opportunities for sponsors to reach a broad audience through programming and marketing to both local attendees and those from across the Commonwealth and the country. Please contact Festival director Jane Kulow for details, including sponsorship benefits.

How Money is Spent

We welcome and appreciate your generous support of the Festival in order to sustain this work.

Gifts made to the Festival help us keep the lights on but also allow us to continue to improve the Festival in a multitude of ways, from increasing the diversity of the speakers we invite to participate each year, to making programs more accessible for people with disabilities. Help us ensure the quality of Festival programming for many years to come.