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December 2, 2019

Dear Partners,

At the end of the year we want to take the opportunity to look at our individual and collective accomplishments.

Creatives react to the fast pace of life by taking a different perspective on time, discarding overused language and putting in the fresh stuff of feeling to go slower because, if I create something carefully it can last a lifetime. Organizations seeking to do lasting work have to do the same: get away from the snapshot and take a longer view. That’s what I’ll do with this letter. 

As Yefe Nof’s track record continues to grow, our current metrics do not take into account the scope of our impact. Board member Pearl Amanfu recently reminded me that what we are working together to establish is more than just beautiful scenery or a house on a mountain. Yefe Nof is a place for writers, researchers, and designers. We promote groundbreaking work by supporting the people who create it. 

This year we supported fiction, comic book writing, nonfiction journalism, short stories, creative nonfiction, and poetry from writers and researchers who dealt with subjects that ranged from sexual identity to the current state of American institutions. In the future we must do more to better accommodate designers who work differently and we must also increase our exposure to timely cause-related initiatives. 

The vocabulary developed at Yefe Nof is vital to individual growth and discovery and aimed at galvanizing important ideas and bringing them to the public forum. If you haven’t yet seen the 4-minute film about the Residency it will give you a sense of the creative engagement you soon will have access to in your homes.

In 2020 we aim to broaden our reach by making our dialogue public. We will both continue our California Writing Residency and use our Redesign Residency to publicize global challenges for which we seek solutions, and move beyond that to open up the possibility of the public having a relationship with the work being finished. 

To increase the impact of Yefe Nof we need to see how we can include you beyond making a contribution. We want to ask you to be a mentor, network facilitator, dinner host, idea manager, local board member. And next October we’d like to offer the opportunity for you to take a shared journey to Paris and Amsterdam to witness our efforts at growing beyond the walls of the home and to participate in a mini-residency and cultural adventure. Our hope is that all this will reflect what we are really trying to achieve.

If you believe that Yefe Nof can fundamentally make a difference in the world, we would like you to consider a gift of a $100 today. 

With all the above goals in mind, we will have to increase our face-time with all of you, our partners: supporters, former and future residents, and a diverse global community. This is key for going beyond the bare minimum and for raising new resources to make a deeper impact. 

Please read below for further information and use the button above – or this link – to make a gift. 

Thank you for your time and energy.



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. As I’ve said every year since 2015, If you would prefer to contribute by purchasing the book that I wrote with Kickstarter backing, Inspiration Drive is available on Amazon. What an original holiday gift!