What We Do

Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional authors, journalists, critics, poets, and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune.

Many of those we help suffer severe health problems but have inadequate insurance; some face eviction; others are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. We are also helping writers with COVID-19-related income loss.

The Fund exists to help professional writers continue their careers with dignity by providing no-strings-attached “loans” to pay for pressing expenses. Repayment of this emergency support is not required.

Authors League Fund Receives $5 Million grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett

June 15, 2021

The Authors League Fund is honored to receive a major grant from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett. This unrestricted $5 million gift will allow the Fund to increase our support for writers for years to come.

Since 1917, the Authors League Fund has helped professional writers in times of crisis, such as medical and housing emergencies. The Fund provides direct financial aid to help with rent, medical bills, utilities, groceries, and other necessities. The COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges, as thousands of writers across the U.S. saw a sudden and dramatic loss of income. The Fund continues to hear from writers who are struggling as a result of the pandemic.

“We are profoundly grateful to be selected for this extraordinary gift,” said Pat Cummings, President of the Authors League Fund.

The Fund looks forward to being able to assist more writers and make a greater difference for those experiencing illness, eviction, job loss, and other unexpected difficulties in their lives. Writers in need of assistance can apply at www.authorsleaguefund.org/apply.

Read about MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett’s philanthropy and the other wonderful organizations receiving grants at https://mackenzie-scott.medium.com/seeding-by-ceding-ea6de642bf.

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