Giving to the Poetry Center

Through our programs, collections, collaborations, and other activities, the University of Arizona Poetry Center advances a diverse and robust literary culture that serves a local-to-global spectrum of writers, readers, and new audiences for poetry and the literary arts. This is the work we have done since our founding in 1960. As the Center has grown, so has its need for support. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today online or by mailing a check made out to University of Arizona Foundation/Poetry Center to University of Arizona Poetry Center, c/o Tyler Meier, PO 210150, Tucson AZ 85721.

Donate Online Now ▸▸

Want to do more? Here are other ways you can support the work of the center. For more information about any of these opportunities, contact Tyler Meier at or (520) 626-5880.  Thank you for supporting the Poetry Center! 

Audience watches poet read in Poetry Center breezeway

contribute to The Walt Whitman Circle

The Walt Whitman Circle is a community of donors who have committed to making an annual donation of $250 or more. Whitman Circle donors provide a predictable base of support for our activities. In exchange, Circle contributors are invited to pre-reading receptions with poets and other exciting opportunities. More information about the Walt Whitman Circle.

Planned Giving

Gifts of any shape and size make a difference in the future of the University of Arizona Poetry Center. If you are interested in learning about the different ways to to include a gift to the Poetry Center in your estate plans or other opportunities to make a planned gift, please contact us!  Learn More >>


We accept donations of stocks and mutual funds.  Electronic delivery of shares is a fast and secure way to make a donation, and there can be tax advantages. Learn More >>


If you are age 70 1/2 or older, consider share donations from certain retirement accounts as Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) or to meet Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs).  Learn More >>

Make an Endowment Gift

An endowment gift to the Poetry Center is a gift that lasts forever. An endowment gift is never spent, but is held in an investment account in perpetuity. Each year the earnings are used for the restricted purpose of the endowment.  The Colleen Burns Programs Endowment supports Poetry Center programs, from our reading series to our K-12 outreach.  The Special Acquisitions Endowment supports the purchase and exhibition of exceptional new materials in the Poetry Center collection.  

Poetry Center Building Fund

Gifts to this fund will support projects that improve and maintain the Helen S. Schaefer Building, our 17,500-foot landmark facility. Donate Now >>

Naming Opportunities

The Poetry Center offers a number of spaces that may be named in memory of an individual in recognition of a significant contribution.

Donation of Library Materials

If you are interested in donating an item to the Poetry Center's library collection of contemporary poetry, please review our library materials donation policy at this page.