Transform the world with words

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Photo credit: Fall for the Book


Watershed Lit’s work to inspire love of the written word, support writers and teachers of writing, and provide a platform for new and unheard voices is strengthened by our generous supporters. Gifts to Watershed Lit help the literary arts come alive at Mason, in Fairfax and in our global communities.


A gift to Watershed Lit or its five member organizations can:

  • Bring an international writer in danger in their home country to Mason's campus to teach and write in safety.
  • Launch an early career professional in the field of small press publishing by giving them critical, hands-on training and experience.
  • Change the course of a teacher's professional life by helping them transform into a writer.
  • Inspire a lifelong love of poetry through Poetry Daily's platform of outstanding contemporary poetry.
  • Bring together our community to celebrate the joy of reading through public events.

A gift of any size helps to create and promote transformative experiences in the literary arts.


Ways to Give

There are many ways to demonstrate your support for Watershed Lit and/or its five member organizations. To have a confidential conversation about planned giving or supporting the program through gifts of stock, please contact Eleanor Weis, director of development, at

DONATE ONLINE: Make a gift or establish a recurring pledge online via credit card and choose from the list of funds provided. To support Stillhouse Press, choose *Other and write "Stillhouse Press" in the comments box.

WRITE A CHECK: Mail a check, made payable to George Mason University Foundation Inc., to 4400 University Drive, MS 1A3, Fairfax, VA 22030. Write “Watershed Lit,” or the fund of your choice, in the memo section.

CREATE A PLANNED GIFT: Legacy gifts represent sustainability for key academic and research programs as well as scholarship funds to help attract and retain students. These gifts provide benefits to future generations of Mason students—and to you and your heirs.

BUILD A PARTNERSHIP WITH CORPORATE GIVING: Mason offers businesses access to talent, expertise, and infrastructure—striving to create partnerships that provide industry leaders with high-demand resources, enrich the student experience, and promote regional economic development.

EXTEND YOUR SUPPORT WITH A MATCHING GIFT: Many corporations generously match charitable contributions made by current or retired employees and board members. Use our online matching gift database ( to see if your company participates.

ADD VALUE THROUGH GIFTS OF STOCK: Lock in gains for your individual stock portfolio by making a charitable gift of appreciated stock. The charitable donation is tax-deductible, and you may avoid paying capital gains taxes on the appreciated asset.

PROVIDE A GIFT OF REAL ESTATE: Gifts of real estate and tangible personal property may be accepted at the discretion of the George Mason University Foundation Inc. and in accordance with IRS regulations.