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Invest in the Power of Poetry with Split This Rock

The Poem of the Week Series has grown to have thousands of subscribers, and in 2022 alone, The Quarry: A Social Justice Poetry Database has had over 100,000 visits! We're thrilled and honored to know the Poem of the Week Series and The Quarry continue to be meaningful resources for the many communities we serve. If you read, love, share, or teach poems from The Poem of the Week Series and The Quarry, please consider making an increased or first-time donation today to support this home for social justice poetry. No donation is too small, and every donation helps. A monthly donation at any level increases stability and support for the organization. You can make an online donation through Split This Rock’s online giving portal or via mail. To donate by mail, send a check payable to "Split This Rock" to Split This Rock, 1301 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20036.


We also welcome Facebook and Instagram fundraisers in support of Split This Rock!  Share your favorite poems from The Quarry with your community and invite them to give what they can to keep the Poem of the Week Series and The Quarry free and available to all. Step-by-step instructions on setting up your Facebook and/or Instagram fundraisers is available below.

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How to Start Facebook and/or Instagram Fundraisers for Split This Rock

To start a Facebook fundraiser for Split This Rock, visit From there, fill in the details and launch your fundraiser! You can also set up a Facebook fundraiser by selecting the "Raise money" button on Split This Rock's Facebook page, or by following these instructions from Facebook.

To start an Instagram fundraiser for Split This Rock, login to your account and visit Split This Rock’s Instagram page. Under the “Following” button, there is a series of three smaller buttons. Select the last one that says “Support,” and then select “Create a Fundraiser.” From there, fill in the details and launch your fundraiser! You can also set up an Instagram fundraiser following these instructions from Instagram.

If you have any questions about setting up your fundraiser for Split This Rock, reach out to

Thank you for your support! 


2023 Spur Local Critical Nonprofit Seal


Split This Rock is featured as a 2023 critical nonprofit in the Greater Washington region by Spur Local. Visit Split This Rock's Spur Local page to give today! Donations given through Spur Local's portal incur the lowest transaction fees.


Give Today & Honor a Poet's Legacy!

In celebration of Split This Rock’s first decade and to inspire support for the years to come, we have named Giving Circles in honor of poets who have inspired, supported, and helped to shape Split This Rock’s work. When you give, you build on their legacy. You can now give to honor following poets:

  • Langston Hughes Circle ($10,000): Split This Rock’s name is drawn from the Hughes’ poem “Big Buddy”: Don’t you hear this hammer ring? / I’m gonna split this rock / And split it wide! / When I split this rock, / Stand by my side. Permission granted by the Langston Hughes estate.
  • June Jordan Circle ($5,000+): On the 10th anniversary of Jordan's passing, Split This Rock dedicated the 2012 Festival in her memory. Her poetry, prose, and teaching continue to inspire and animate Split This Rock’s work.
  • Adrienne Rich Circle ($1,000+): Moved by the vision for Split This Rock, Adrienne sent Split This Rock’s founders a powerful letter of endorsement and a check for $1,000 to support the first festival.
  • Lucille Clifton Circle ($500+): One of the first poets to say “yes” to featuring at the 2008 festival, Ms. Lucille, as she's fondly known, sadly was unable to attend due to illness. Split This Rock paid tribute to her at the 2010 festival, a month after her death. In her memory, her family has made the inaugural gift to the Lucille Clifton Circle.
  • Francisco X. Alarcón Circle ($250+): A faithful attendee at Split This Rock Poetry Festivals, Francisco spearheaded Poets Responding to SB 1070, often partnering with Split This Rock, and worked tirelessly for immigration justice.
  • Zahara Heckscher Circle ($100+): An active member of Split This Rock’s network, Zahara invented the Poetry Game, presenting it at festivals and designating a portion of proceeds to supporting Split This Rock.
  • Maxwell Corydon Wheat Jr. Circle ($1-99): After being fired as Poet Laureate of Nassau County, NY for writing poems against the Iraq War, Max was declared Poet Laureate by the community’s poets. An attendee and panelist at Split This Rock’s first festival, Max mailed $5 checks to Split This Rock every month until his death in 2016.