The PEN/Faulkner Foundation offers unique literary programming at a time when reading for pleasure and personal growth is diminishing as a pastime. In addition to sponsoring the national Award for Fiction, we offer valuable literary programming to DC residents and students alike. PEN/Faulkner partners with organizations city-wide to bring writers to Washington readers, local audiences to our reading programs, and public high school students to new cultural venues.

PEN/Faulkner is an independent non-profit organization and must raise 100% of its annual operating budget. Please support this essential literary organization.


Donate Securely Online

Your contribution will support the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, our public Reading Series, and Writers in Schools, which brings writers and over 1,800 copies of their books to the classrooms of DC public school students. Click the button below to donate to PEN/Faulkner through


You’ll receive a confirmation of your contribution via email. If there are any questions regarding your contribution through Network for Good, please feel free to contact PEN/Faulkner at 202.898.9063.


Donate by Mail or Phone

We gladly accept donations of all kinds via phone or mail. To donate by phone, call  202.898.9063. To donate by mail, please address your contribution to the following address:

PEN/Faulkner Foundation
201 East Capitol Street SE
Washington, DC 20003–1094

Thank you so much for your generous support.


Become One of Our Underwriters

If your business or program is interested in becoming a PEN/Faulkner underwriter, click here for a .pdf of our rate card. Please email queries to



PEN/Faulkner Thanks Its Supporters

In addition to the generous gifts of our Friends of PEN/Faulkner and individual contributors, we thank the following individuals, foundations and government agencies for their invaluable support.




The City Fund

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

National Endowment for the Arts

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

The Share Fund

Scottish Rite Foundation

Katherine & David Bradley

Ann & Donald Brown

Cafritz Interests

William Randall Cone

Tracy & Greg McGillivary

Mary & Robert Haft

The Horning Family Fund

David Rubenstein

Katherine Field Stephen & Andrew Stephen


Shalom Baranes

Conrad & Ludmila Cafritz

Diageo, Inc.

Molly Elkin & Ivan Wasserman

Lisa Barry & James Gale

Ginny Grenham & Paul Zevnik

DC Humanities Council

Debbie Dreisman & Frank Islam

David & Barbara B. Hirschhorn Foundation

Lisa Hook & Peter Gillon

Robert & Aimee Lehrman

Ludwig Family Foundation

Paul Malamud

Bill & Alison Paley

Douglas D. Smith


PEN/Faulkner Reading Series Program Underwriters:


Hill’s Kitchen

Key West Literary Seminar

Sonoma Restaurant

Tupelo Press

The Writer’s Center