Why Donate To NILA?

As a nonprofit organization, the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts has two primary sources of revenue—tuition and gift support. To keep tuition and programs at a level that enables us to serve the broadest range of students and aspiring writers, we rely on the generous support of alumni, friends, corporations, and foundations. Our Development team works to raise charitable contributions in support of the NILA mission. You can make contributions a variety of ways to help us enhance the programs and services that distinguish NILA.



Your donation to NILA helps us provide opportunities and support to writers of all ages: from writing contests and interdisciplinary programs for kids, to continuing education classes for adults, our annual writers conference, and our MFA program. Download a pdf of our 2015 programs here.

See below for the various donation options available to you. NILA is a 501 (c)3 non-profit and educational organization. For 15 years we have been making a difference in writers lives. You can help us make a difference today. Your donation is tax-deductible. Every donation will be acknowledged in writing.


Charity Registry
Getting married? Now you can support NILA by registering with the I Do Foundation. From honeymoons to invitations to wedding gifts to charitable wedding favors, the I Do Foundation allows couples and their guests to make wedding-related purchases that generate donations for charity. The I Do Foundation’s Charity Registry service also makes it easy for guests to make donations in lieu of gifts. All of these services are available free of cost at IDoFoundation.org. Check it out today, and be sure to suggest NILA as the beneficiary of your charitable wedding.

Donor-Advised Funds
If you wish to make a donation through your donor-advised fund, NILA’s federal tax identification number (EIN) is 91-1901894. You can instruct your donor-advised fund to mail a check to Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, 5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260.

Gifts of Securities
You can complete our stock/security donation form and mail, fax, or email it to NILA, along with your request for our account information.

Legacy Giving: Remember NILA in your Estate Planning
You can join our Legacy Society and support our future success by including NILA in your estate planning. NILA is a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in Washington State; has federal tax identification number (EIN) 91-1901894; and is located at: Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, 5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260.

Send a check or money order payable to “NILA” to Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, 5611 Bayview Road, Langley, WA 98260

Matching Gifts
Increase the impact of your donation by securing a matching gift. Please check whether your gift is eligible to be matched by your place of employment. Many companies offer matching gift programs to support employees’ charities of choice. Your Human Resources or Personnel department may be able to provide you with a form that can be completed and sent to NILA, or they may use an online form to process matching gifts.

Make a secure online donation using Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or PayPal here.

Make a credit card donation by phone by calling the NILA office at: 360-331-0307, between 9 AM and 5 PM Pacific Time. If you can only call outside of office hours, please leave a voicemail.

Tribute Gifts (donating in someone’s name or memory)
Make a donation in someone’s honor or memory using any of the above methods (online, mail, fax, phone). Our online donation form provides space for you to indicate whom you are honoring, whether you would like NILA to send a notification, and if appropriate, what message you would like to include. If you donate by mail, fax, or phone, simply include this information at the time of your donation.

In Memory of Sharon Beatty
Sharon Beatty, one of our finest students in the Master of Fine Arts program at NILA, has recently passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Her family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts. We have provided a special PayPal donation button below specifically for this purpose.



There’s no shortage of opportunities to volunteer at NILA. Help out at our annual writers conference; with WIWA, our writers association; with our Young Writers program; or volunteer for our other programs, including our MFA program and Soundings Literary Journal. Please contact us here if you are interested in volunteering at NILA.

Thank you for your support! If you have any questions, please call 360-331-0307 or email us using our contact form.