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November 28, 2017

Dear Friends, Family, and Supporters,

Word is getting out about the Yefe Nof Residency but without individual contributions we won’t make it out of 2017.

It has taken a couple of years to develop an attractive track record and we are beginning to be known for our interdisciplinary dialogue of ideas. In the new year we should be able to access funds based on our successes, but our plans cannot wait.

I’ve spent the past week in California specifically to secure the annual bare bones $20,000 budget required to run Yefe Nof, beginning the process to move from fiscal sponsorship to our own nonprofit status and diversifying our streams of revenue with state funding, university partners, and commercial sponsors. I initiated meetings to identify board members, develop a research and design residency, and seek new partners in the region. The impetus of my trip was a panel conversation at 1888 Center for our California Writing Residency, which you can now listen to as a podcast. 2017 recipients Ruth Nolan, William Deverell, and Elline Lipkin provide incredibly powerful insight confirming the impact of their time on the mountain. See “The Residents” in the above menu for their bios and for information on current resident Yodassa Williams who has been documenting her time on the mountain on Instagram.

Your financial support has helped us stay viable and competitive. At a time of year when you hear the voices of your favorite causes calling on you to contribute to their end-of-year campaigns, we need your support for projects that are bigger, messier, and require serious planning. Please help keep our vision solvent by donating now.

We’re widening our audience everyday, but we cannot do it all alone. We rely on your generosity for our annual application cycle which begins on January 1st and includes both the two week California Writers Residency and the standard six week Yefe Nof Residency. I encourage you to contact us if you have ideas for funding, promotion, or the future. Our ambition is to be as useful as we can be when it comes to helping cultivate groundbreaking work. Our ideas won’t go far enough without you.

Love and thanks.

Sincerely,

Gil

 

This is the procedure for contributing: checks must be payable to “Independent Arts & Media,” with a note in the memo indicating it is for “The Yefe Nof Residency.” They should be sent to: Independent Arts & Media, P.O. Box 420442, San Francisco, CA  94142. This PayPal button is also an option, but keep in mind there are fees associated with processing.

P.S. If you would prefer to contribute by purchasing the book that I wrote with Kickstarter backing, Inspiration Drive is now available on Amazon. What an original holiday gift!