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We would love to welcome you to our family of donors.

We appreciate charitable contributions of any size now and throughout the year.

Our online giving portal is always open; please click below to give now.

To learn more about joining our Donor Benefit Program and the Donor Priority Pre-Sale, see below.

Join the Donor Benefit Program

Be part of a rich tradition.

If you join our Donor Benefit Program, you can look forward to benefits like complimentary passes, private events with writers, and access to our Donor Priority Pre-Sale (depending on your donor level). Our donor levels provide seven different tiers for contributions to accommodate your needs. Your generosity enables us to bring together many of the most prestigious thought leaders, authors, and artists of our time. It’s a gift that supports the arts and benefits writers, readers, teachers, students, and the Sun Valley community year-round.

Please view our Digital Donor Brochure below.



Your Gift Matters

Donate today.



As a benefit to joining our family of donors, you will be given exclusive access to our Donor Priority Pre-Sale! Opening in the fall and closing at the end of January, this program allows you to purchase passes in advance of our general online public pass sale in February. As in prior years, we expect those passes to sell out very quickly. Don’t wait—become a donor today!

Donor Levels

If you would like to join our 2023 Donor Benefit Program, below are the donor levels and associated benefits. If we can help answer any questions, please reach out to us.


VISIONARIES  – $50,000 and above

  • Let us work with you to create a unique, personal experience for you and your guests. Visionaries also receive all the benefits below.

BENEFACTORS  – $20,000 and above

  • Complimentary passes, private dinners and events with writers, plus the benefits listed below.

PATRONS – $15,000 and above

  • Four complimentary Conference passes
  • Opportunity to purchase two additional passes at $1,100 each before January 31, 2023
  • A red-carpet welcome brunch and exclusive talk
  • A special gift of thanks
  • Plus benefits listed below

MAJOR DONORS – $8,000 and above

  • Two complimentary Conference passes
  • Opportunity to purchase two additional passes at $1,100 each before January 31, 2023
  • Cocktails, conversation, and dinner with the writers at the iconic Trail Creek Cabin grounds
  • February Book-Club-in-a-Box: We’ll provide the book and Zoom discussion led by SVWC Associate Director Anne Taylor Fleming

SPECIAL DONORS – $4,000 and above

  • Early guaranteed access: Opportunity to purchase two Conference passes at $1,100 each before the public sale
  • Please note: Special Donor-level passes only available during the Donor Priority Pre-sale


  • First choice of breakout sessions.
  • Monthly donor emails with Conference news, author updates, curated reading lists, and more


  • Passes may be purchased for $1,100 each in the general sale in February


Big thanks to our 2022 Family of Donors. Your support is greatly appreciated!

This does not represent a complete list of our donors—donations received after October 15, 2022 will be recognized in 2023.



The Power of Your Gift

When you contribute to the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference, your gift takes this unique experience into the world. You help a student discover the joy of storytelling. You inspire teachers with new ideas. You bring MFA Fellows together with published authors to share craft and creativity. Thousands enjoy our free audio talks, our livestreamed Pavilion events, and our monthly podcasts. Your gift is an investment in preserving literature and the free expression of ideas, and we, along with the entire Wood River Valley, are grateful.



  • Full passes for local librarians; free access to Pavilion talks for Idaho students and teachers
  • Community Speaker Series: Free author talks in partnership with The Community Library
  • Fellows Program: Full passes for MFA students from Boise State University, Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and other graduate writing programs
  • Community Scholars Program: Full passes for selected local students and teachers
  • Annual Student/Author Luncheon for local high school students
  • Free Pavilion Lawn Talks for the community
  • Free digital content including Conference talks and our Beyond the Page podcast




How to Become a Donor

To become a donor today, you can:

  1. Contact our donor team at [email protected] or 208-727-7024.
  2. Visit our Online Giving Portal.
  3. Download, print, and mail our 2023 Donation Form




Questions or Need Assistance?

We are here to answer any questions. Please reach out to us at any time:

Marcia Mode-Stavros: 208-727-7024  |  [email protected]


Sun Valley Writers’ Conference is a 501(c)(3) Idaho nonprofit corporation, EIN #82-0496196.

Thank You!

2023 Presenters

Be Inspired.

Jennifer Homans
Patrick Radden Keefe
Tracy K. Smith
Sarah Thankam Mathews
Ed Yong
Terry McDonell
Jonathan Escoffery
Annie Lowrey
Andrea Elliott
Judy Woodruff
Ayad Akhtar
Robert Kagan
Peter Boal
David Grann
Michelle Kaufman
Aleksandra Crapanzano
Willy Walker
Curtis Sittenfeld
Laura Wilson
Dave Barry
Maria Hinojosa
Abraham Verghese
Imani Perry
Jake Barton
Ezra Klein
Albert R. Hunt
Emily St. John Mandel
Evan Osnos
Javier Zamora
Alexandra Petri
Hernan Diaz
Mohsin Hamid
Anne Applebaum