The Haiku Foundation hosts its annual Matching Grant Fundraising beginning this Thursday, Thanksgiving Day (in the United States) and running through December 6, St. Nicholas’ Day.
These days are obviously chosen for their symbolic suggestiveness: though this has been a difficult year economically for many, hundreds of people have found ways to make contributions to the Foundation, among many other charitable activities.
We at the Foundation have much to be thankful for, and are also moved to the spirit of giving, not merely at this time of year, but especially so as it becomes more impressed upon us for cultural reasons.
Once again through the largesse of Fund Challengers Roberta Beary, Kristen Deming and Anonymous, we are able to offer a triple matching grant opportunity. This means for every dollar you contribute to the Foundation during this time period, two additional dollars will be contributed by these benefactors.
This will help us not only to pay for the services you already have come to expect from the Foundation—the Haiku Registry, the HaikuNow! Contest, the Touchstone Awards, the THF Forums and Troutswirl Blog, the online library, and much more—but also to initiate projects that will benefit the entire haiku community, such as National Haiku Poetry Day (April 17), with readings scheduled across the country in more than 20 venues; the inauguration of The Haiku Foundation Video Archive, featuring interviews and readings from the most distinguished poets working in the genre; the origination of the Haiku Hall of Fame; and many others.
Of course all these projects require capital, but they also require energy and commitment from interested volunteers. We welcome these as well as your cash contributions. Please go to https://www.thehaikufoundation.org/donate/ and share your blessings with the rest of us for whom haiku holds great meaning. We’ll all benefit from your doing so.
And thank you in advance for your continued support of The Haiku Foundation. We look forward to serving you long into the future.
The Haiku Foundation