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portrait of Maya Angelou

General Donations

Maya Angelou: $5,000 +

Singer, dancer, actress, composer, and director, She became best known as a writer, playwright, and poet. Her inspired poetry readings brought her work to another level.

$ 5,000 Donor list

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  • Catherine Cooper 
  • Emily Mathein
  • Eric Johnson
  • Evalena Friedman
  • Fran Dalton
  • Holly Johnson
  • James Nelson
  • Jamie Vannest 
  • Rebekah Baker
  • Stacie Behler
  • Lena Meijer 
  • Mark Van Putten
  • Mary Price 
portrait of James Baldwin

James Baldwin: $1,000 to $4,999

He pushed boundaries with his exploration of racial and social issues. His essays describing the black experience in America and against the separation of races were influential during the 1960s.

$1,000 to $4,999  Donor list

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  • John Hunting
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  • David Dean 
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  • Emilie Walker
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  • Forrest Locklear
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  • Jack Woller 
  • John Hunting
  • John Niewiek
  • Jay Niewek
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  • Tyler Doornbos
portrait of Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes: $500 to $999

Writing novels, short stories, plays, and poetry addressing many common experiences of black Americans from the 1920s through the 1960s, he was heavily influenced by jazz music and was instrumental in the Harlem Renaissance.

$500 to $999 Donor list

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  • Aaron Turner
  • Amber Erickson 
  • Amy + Chuck Heiney 
  • Amy Buff
  • Amy Kerns
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Amy Fletcher
  • Andrea Wallace 
  • Angela Smith
  • Ann Bower 
  • Anneliese Waalkes
  • Annie + Tom Wassman + Edwards
  • Aaron Turner
  • Adrian Butler
  • Alana Placzkowski
  • Alicia Markland 
  • Alissa Heynen
  • Alynn Guerra
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Andrew DeBraber
  • Andrew Fisher
  • Audrey Cavanaugh
  • Audrey Cavanaugh 
  • Barbara Mytyk
  • Benjamin Braun
  • Berneta McCully 
  • Bethany Joy Mary Winn
  • Betty + Mike Roth 
  • Bianca Ambriz
  • Bill Fischer
  • Blaire Michelin
  • Brandon Copeland 
  • Brent Webster
  • Brian Gilmore
  • Brian Vilmont 
  • Brooke Hotchkiss
  • Butler Adrian
  • Carolyn Vandenberg 
  • Cassandra Kiger
  • Cecelia Fenwick
  • Cecily Milkie
  • Chad + Rebecca Burtless-Creps
  • Charlie Danoff
  • Cheri Gillison
  • Christian Groesbeck
  • Christine Stephens
  • Chelsea Walblay
  • Christopher Douglas
  • Chrysteen Moelter-Gray
  • Cindy Koning
  • Chrysteen Moelter-Gray
  • Conshana Vaughn
  • Darryl Elmouchi
  • David Crandall
  • Deanna Rolffs 
  • Deborah Phillips
  • Dianne Hula
  • Desmond JonesBand
  • Dorothy Burgess
  • Deborah Schuitema
  • Dylan Fischer
  • Ekta Rajgarhia
  • Elisabeth Hatfield
  • Elizabeth Wonder
  • Ellyn Gendler
  • Elyse Mathos
  • Elizabeth & Peter Bruinsma 
  • Emma Nicolas 
  • Eric & Danielle Speers
  • Erika VanDyke
  • Erin Borrink
  • Forrest Locklear
  • George Falk
  • Hanna Lambers
  • Haylee Batzer
  • Jack Woller 
  • Jacki Northup
  • Janay Brower
  • Janice Slotten
  • Jen + Lauren Hess
  • Jen Firlik
  • Jennifer Brandt
  • Jennifer Frissina
  • Jennifer Rapanos 
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Joseph Anderson
  • Josh Hamlet
  • Juan Garcia
  • Julia Bratton 
  • Julie Berger 
  • Justin Gray 
  • Jen Rapanos 
  • Jerry Bishop 
  • Jessica Warner 
  • Jill Vyn 
  • Jim Moore 
  • Joe Aukema 
  • Joel Berends 
  • Johnny Moody 
  • John Preston 
  • John Winkelman 
  • John Witten 
  • John Bouley 
  • Josh Hamlet 
  • Leslie Newman
  • Lauren Glowacki
  • Lauren Ogle
  • Laury Baker
  • Leah Anton
  • Landon Bartley
  • Lisabeth Keegan
  • Lisa Theut
  • Lizzie Williams
  • Lucinda Koning
  • Lynnea Page-Jenkins
  • Mackenzie Murray
  • Maddie Weadock
  • Marcus Ringnalda
  • Margaret & William Faber
  • Margaret Lancaster
  • Mariah Welch 
  • Mark + Wendy Wassink
  • Mary Hunter
  • Matt Vander Woude
  • Megan Davey
  • Megan Scheerhorn 
  • Morgan Wolf
  • Muriel Lutes
  • Nadira Kharmai
  • Nany + David Hejna 
  • Nate Montague 
  • Nicole McGrath
  • Nigel Salaz
  • Michael Moody
  • Michael Rohwer
  • Michael Roth
  • Rob Standish
  • Olivia Rainey
  • Pauline Hewitt
  • Paul Timm
  • Phoebe O’Berski
  • Rhiannon McCalmont
  • Rhonda Leese
  • Rick Dykema 
  • Raymond Johnson 
  • Samuel Bernardy
  • Sandor Fejer
  • Sandra Sharp
  • Sarah Mattone
  • Sarah Weir
  • Steven Russo
  • Susan + Brad Laffrey
  • Shahad Alzaidan
  • Shannel Johnson
  • Shahad Alzaidan
  • Shane Sievers
  • Sharon Vriend-Robinette
  • Tamika Bryant
  • Tammy Karas
  • Taylor Vanden Hoek
  • Teresa + Jeff Cramer + Reining
  • Tiffany Martinez
  • Tracey Hamlet
  • Trevor Smythe
  • Unknown 
  • Valerie Maciewjewski
  • Wendy Nelson Correro
  • Wendy Reed
  • Wyatt Istvan-Mitchell
  • Forrest Locklear
  •  John Hunting
  • Mark Sellers
  • Cascade Engineering
  • The Pyramid Scheme 
  • A2 Irrigation
  • 97.3 The Beat
  • Outside Coffee Company
  • United Bank
portrait of Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde: $100 to $499

She described herself as a “black, lesbian. mother, warrior, poet,” One of the largest LGBTQ representative figures in American history. She fought the marginalization of African American and gay women.

$100 to $499 Donor list

Click + for a full list of Audre Lorde Donors

  • Aaron Turner
  • Amber Erickson 
  • Amy + Chuck Heiney 
  • Amy Buff
  • Amy Kerns
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Amy Fletcher
  • Andrea Wallace 
  • Angela Smith
  • Ann Bower 
  • Anneliese Waalkes
  • Annie + Tom Wassman + Edwards
  • Aaron Turner
  • Adrian Butler
  • Alana Placzkowski
  • Alicia Markland 
  • Alissa Heynen
  • Alynn Guerra
  • Amy Nguyen
  • Andrew DeBraber
  • Andrew Fisher
  • Audrey Cavanaugh
  • Audrey Cavanaugh 
  • Barbara Mytyk
  • Benjamin Braun
  • Berneta McCully 
  • Bethany Joy Mary Winn
  • Betty + Mike Roth 
  • Bianca Ambriz
  • Bill Fischer
  • Blaire Michelin
  • Brandon Copeland 
  • Brent Webster
  • Brian Gilmore
  • Brian Vilmont 
  • Brooke Hotchkiss
  • Butler Adrian
  • Carolyn Vandenberg 
  • Cassandra Kiger
  • Cecelia Fenwick
  • Cecily Milkie
  • Chad + Rebecca Burtless-Creps
  • Charlie Danoff
  • Cheri Gillison
  • Christian Groesbeck
  • Christine Stephens
  • Chelsea Walblay
  • Christopher Douglas
  • Chrysteen Moelter-Gray
  • Cindy Koning
  • Chrysteen Moelter-Gray
  • Conshana Vaughn
  • Darryl Elmouchi
  • David Crandall
  • Deanna Rolffs 
  • Deborah Phillips
  • Dianne Hula
  • Desmond JonesBand
  • Dorothy Burgess
  • Deborah Schuitema
  • Dylan Fischer
  • Ekta Rajgarhia
  • Elisabeth Hatfield
  • Elizabeth Wonder
  • Ellyn Gendler
  • Elyse Mathos
  • Elizabeth & Peter Bruinsma 
  • Emma Nicolas 
  • Eric & Danielle Speers
  • Erika VanDyke
  • Erin Borrink
  • Forrest Locklear
  • George Falk
  • Hanna Lambers
  • Haylee Batzer
  • Jack Woller 
  • Jacki Northup
  • Janay Brower
  • Janice Slotten
  • Jen + Lauren Hess
  • Jen Firlik
  • Jennifer Brandt
  • Jennifer Frissina
  • Jennifer Rapanos 
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Joseph Anderson
  • Josh Hamlet
  • Juan Garcia
  • Julia Bratton 
  • Julie Berger 
  • Justin Gray 
  • Jen Rapanos 
  • Jerry Bishop 
  • Jessica Warner 
  • Jill Vyn 
  • Jim Moore 
  • Joe Aukema 
  • Joel Berends 
  • Johnny Moody 
  • John Preston 
  • John Winkelman 
  • John Witten 
  • John Bouley 
  • Josh Hamlet 
  • Leslie Newman
  • Lauren Glowacki
  • Lauren Ogle
  • Laury Baker
  • Leah Anton
  • Landon Bartley
  • Lisabeth Keegan
  • Lisa Theut
  • Lizzie Williams
  • Lucinda Koning
  • Lynnea Page-Jenkins
  • Mackenzie Murray
  • Maddie Weadock
  • Marcus Ringnalda
  • Margaret & William Faber
  • Margaret Lancaster
  • Mariah Welch 
  • Mark + Wendy Wassink
  • Mary Hunter
  • Matt Vander Woude
  • Megan Davey
  • Megan Scheerhorn 
  • Morgan Wolf
  • Muriel Lutes
  • Nadira Kharmai
  • Nany + David Hejna 
  • Nate Montague 
  • Nicole McGrath
  • Nigel Salaz
  • Michael Moody
  • Michael Rohwer
  • Michael Roth
  • Rob Standish
  • Olivia Rainey
  • Pauline Hewitt
  • Paul Timm
  • Phoebe O’Berski
  • Rhiannon McCalmont
  • Rhonda Leese
  • Rick Dykema 
  • Raymond Johnson 
  • Samuel Bernardy
  • Sandor Fejer
  • Sandra Sharp
  • Sarah Mattone
  • Sarah Weir
  • Steven Russo
  • Susan + Brad Laffrey
  • Shahad Alzaidan
  • Shannel Johnson
  • Shahad Alzaidan
  • Shane Sievers
  • Sharon Vriend-Robinette
  • Tamika Bryant
  • Tammy Karas
  • Taylor Vanden Hoek
  • Teresa + Jeff Cramer + Reining
  • Tiffany Martinez
  • Tracey Hamlet
  • Trevor Smythe
  • Unknown 
  • Valerie Maciewjewski
  • Wendy Nelson Correro
  • Wendy Reed
  • Wyatt Istvan-Mitchell
portrtrait of Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg: $1 to $99

Substance abuse and mental health issues in his youth led this prolific poet to write with an unprecedented rawness. This manifested itself in “Howl”, a poem that had to be defended in court against obscenity charges. He is regarded as a bridge between the literary avant-garde and pop culture.

$1 to $99 Donor list

Click + for a full list of Allen Ginsberg Donors

  • Ann Bower-Jackson
  • Debora Jandle
  • Samoane Williams 
  • Ellie Hutchison
  • Jennifer Frissina
  • Abigail Bruins
  •  Adam Beasley 
  • Al Gaslecki 
  • Alexa Burke 
  • Alexis Stark 
  • Alie Morgan 
  • Allison Blair 
  • Alvin Kershner
  • Aileen Strickland 
  • Amanda Small 
  • Amanda Campbell 
  • Amarhi Howland 
  • Amaad Hardy 
  • Amahri Howland 
  • Amber Oudsema 
  • Amy Cutlip 
  • Amy Heiney
  • Amy Kerns 
  • Amy Van Prooyen 
  • Andrew DeBraber
  • Andrea Beck-Lundskow 
  • Andrea Bond
  • Andrea Hatchew 
  • Andrea Lacy 
  • Andrew Boekestein 
  • Andrew Goode 
  • Angela Cluley 
  • Angela Eick 
  • Angel Barretto-Cruz 
  • Angelita Aguilar 
  • Ann Bower
  • Anna Wiersma 
  • Anonymous 
  • Ashleigh Sedick 
  • Ashley Ravel 
  • Barbara Kingsley-davis 
  • Barbara Lash 
  • Betty Beck 
  • Bill Robinette
  • Bobby Neilsen
  • Bradley Tarrance 
  • Bradley Thornburgh 
  • Brandon Shafer 
  • Brandon Takens 
  • Brandon Winter 
  • Brenda Krause 
  • Brenna Schwaam 
  • Brent Tup 
  • Brian McCourt 
  • Brianna Blackburn 
  • Brianna Hines
  • Brianna Miranda 
  • Brianna Miranda 
  • Brittany Carpenter 
  • Brittany Dutt
  • Brittney Smith 
  • Brynne Dika 
  • Cailin Kelly
  • Carla Compton
  • Carlago Compton
  • Carmen Arias
  • Cecilia Skidmore
  • Christine Mwangi
  • Chi Duong
  • Cle Jackson
  • Candice Johnson
  • Casey Stratton
  • Cathy Marashi
  • Cathy Moore 
  • Cayolyn VandenBerg 
  • Chantal McDaniel
  • Charles Johnson 
  • Charles O’Brien
  • Cheyenna Chemberlin
  • Chi Duong 
  • Chloe Aalsburg 
  • Chris Cloer
  • Christophe Gray
  • Claire Root 
  • Colin Dick
  • Colleen O’Leary 
  • Connor Dirksen
  • Conshana Vaughn 
  • Cool Dude Ben 
  • Cory Davis 
  • Cory Kortman
  • Crystal McClure
  • Cullen Dyk
  • Dana Hudson
  • Dale Hovenkamp 
  • Dan & Michela Terpstra
  • Daneen Davis
  • Darren Ramirez
  • Dave Benoit 
  • David Emmenecker
  • Deborah Jandle
  • Debra Jones-McConnell
  • Deneen Davis
  • Dia Price
  • Doreen COX
  • Dorothy Burgess
  • Dutcher Snedeker
  • Elise & Craig Dirkse 
  • Eileen Boekstein 
  • Ellie Hutchinson
  • Eric & Danielle Speers
  • Ebony Mattock
  • Edgar Marty
  • Eileen Boekestein
  • Elizabeth Debraber
  • Ellie Hutchison
  • Emily Armstrong
  • Emily Austin
  • Emma Ogren
  • Ericka Thompson
  • Erin Crison 
  • Erin Koren
  • Erin Overmeyer
  • Erin Schaner 
  • Fungai Mboko
  • Gabrielle Sorge 
  • Grady Suing
  • Greta Baragar 
  • Hannah Schroeder
  • Haylee Batzer
  • Henry Pena
  • Hillary Uldricks
  • Holly McFadden
  • Iesha Collins
  • Isaac Degraaf
  • Jacob Himmelspach
  • Jacob Nevin
  • Jamie Cicalla 
  • Jami Moyer
  • Janelle Gaudet
  • Janice Slotten
  • Jennifer Firlik
  • Jennifer Garcia
  • Jennifer Hall
  • Jenny Smith
  • Jeremy Showell
  • Jessica Colvin
  • Jessica Cooney-Davis
  • Jessica Courtright
  • Jessica Lefebre 
  • Jessica Warner
  • Jessica Young
  • Jessica Zoleta
  • Joan McMillon
  • Joanna Thangiah
  • Joanne Gilhoran
  • Jocelyn Barnes
  • Jodi Porraz
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Jonathon Veldt
  • Jordyn Shirton 
  • Jose Garza 
  • Jacob Evers
  • Jay Niewick
  • Jeffrey & Gloria Smith
  • Jennifer Ward 
  • Jinelle Huson
  • Jocelyn Barnes 
  • Johnathan Striker
  • Kandace Lavender
  • Katherine Williams
  • Kayla Bolan 
  • Karisa Wilson
  • Kate Greene
  • Kateri Johnson
  • Kathleen Clouse 
  • Kathryn Manifold
  • Kaylee Ringnalda
  • Kellie Green 
  • Kelly Sommers
  • Kelsey Foster-Goodrich
  • Kelsey Haynes
  • Kimberly Crawford
  • Kimerie Swift
  • Kristin Blackwell
  • Kristin Hirsch
  • Kendall Moore
  • KFG
  • Kim Willis
  • Kim Willis
  • Lauren Taylor
  • Lizabeth Keegan
  • Marquita Harris 
  • Melvene Tardy
  • Morgan Benge
  • Natalie Smith
  • Nessa McCasey
  • Nia Davidson
  • Nina VanHorn
  • Larissa Christine
  • Laska Nygaard 
  • Latrisha Sosebee
  • Lauren & Gretchen
  • Lauren Carter
  • Leslie Newman
  • Leticia Shaer
  • Linda Nelson
  • Lisabeth Keegan
  • Lisa Morrow
  • Lynn Deneau
  • Marcel Price
  • Mari Beth Gleason
  • Mario Pritchard
  • Mark Elliott Truss II 
  • Marne Becker-Baratta
  • Mary Ellen
  • Mary Gorman
  • Masaki Takahashi
  • Matthew Burtless-Creps 
  • Matthew Cseter
  • Matthew Knaack
  • Matt Siegel
  • Megan Collins
  • Megan Klco
  • Megan Lorenz
  • Meghan Boot
  • Melissa Vanderzyden 
  • Menuha Studios
  • Michael Allen
  • Michelle Widener
  • Miranda Krajniak
  • Mitch Decker
  • Morgan Hanks
  • Morgan Shride
  • Moss Shepherd 
  • Nancy Collins
  • Natalie Sears
  • Nataly Alfano
  • Nick Nortier 
  • Nika Price 
  • Nitya Chandran
  • Paige Leyh
  • Paige Sondorp
  • Paris Heard 
  • Patrick Hart
  • Patrick Walsh
  • Patti Green
  • Peter Walblay
  • Phoenix Lundeberg
  • Rachel Neiman
  • Rebeca Padilla
  • Rebecca Featherston
  • Rebecca Guyette 
  • Rebecca Mercier 
  • Regina Cassese 
  • Ron Irvine
  • Ryker Huizinga 
  • Pamela Ortega
  • Peng Grossklaus 
  • Rachelle Brown
  • Sara Seelman
  • Sabrina Davidson
  • Samantha Anderson
  • Samantha Casadonte
  • Samoane Williams
  • Sara DeVoogd
  • Sean Francisco
  • Shannon Underwood
  • Shannon Vasko
  • Sharon Depcinski
  • Sharon Lacy
  • Sharon Vriend-Robinette
  • Shawn Flood
  • Shayna Haynes
  • Sheona Nidefski
  • Sheryl Depker-Barau 
  • Shirley Griffin
  • Skyler Chopp
  • Sorand Garcia-Godner
  • SuLyn Weaver
  • Susan Laffrey
  • Susan Trittin
  • Stephanie Corcoran
  • Stephanie Gerling
  • Stephanie Weir
  • Stephen Draft-Peppin 
  • Steven Depolo
  • S Vaughn 
  • Sylvia Medukas
  • Shavvai Fleming
  • Suzanne Han 
  • Tammy Cole
  • TAMMY KARAS 
  • Taylor Jolliffe
  • Taylor Taylor
  • Tina DeLaFe
  • Tracie Troy
  • Tyra Graddy
  • Ursula Hatton
  • Tristian Holmes 
  • Troy Brock
  • Yasmeen Rubante 
  • Yvonne Smith

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