Cedar Deep Giving Circle

“There is nothing like Hedgebrook anywhere else in the world. The women who are blessed with residencies must be sure that Hedgebrook is always here. It gives me joy and peace of mind to think of it far away on Whidbey Island, but very close to my heart.” ~ Carolyn Forché, poet and alumna

What is a Giving Circle?

Giving circles are a form of philanthropy where groups of individuals donate their money or time to a common cause or organization. The benefits of their pooled resources include increasing the impact of their over-all donation as well as fostering an aware and engaged community of donors.

What is Cedar Deep?

Originally named by founders Nancy Nordhoff and Sheryl Feldman, Cedar Deep is a stand of young cedars in the forest at Hedgebrook, a quiet place where writers in residence can go to meditate and clear their minds.

In response to a desire to give back to Hedgebrook and to sister writers, a group of alumnae worked with us in 2009 to create the Cedar Deep Giving Circle.

Like the roots of those sacred cedars, anchored in the soil, silently recording the history of the land in their life rings, the Cedar Deep Circle sustains Hedgebrook at its core.

By offering a steady stream of income that underwrites Hedgebrook’s operations, the Circle helps fund writers’ residencies, meals, the garden, care of the land, and keeping the cookie jar full—all of the things that make Hedgebrook the singular place and experience that it is, and has been since 1988.

How do I join Cedar Deep?

Joining is easy and available to everyone!

Cedar Deep Circle is a monthly commitment using your credit or debit card. Using the form below, select how much you’d like to give monthly, then click contribute. Under the “Make This Donation” dropdown menu, select monthly. When asked “Is this for a specific campaign, program, or cause?” write, Cedar Deep and complete the form. Your gift provides a steady, vital income stream that enables us to continue to offer fully-funded residencies to women writers, and ensures Nancy Nordhoff’s vision and legacy into the future.

Benefits of the Circle

Your Cedar Deep Circle membership also means that we can all spend more time doing what’s most important: raising women’s voices.

Because your membership is automatically recurring, it means less administrative work for Hedgebrook staff and fewer appeal letters for you.

Membership starts at $10 per month, and includes the following benefits:

  • Advance notification of programs, events and opportunities.
  • Special discounts on merchandise and programs.
  • Exclusive insights into Hedgebrook news and events.
  • Preferred seating at Hedgebrook events when possible.
  • Your name will join a list of members in each cottage.

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Other Ways to Join the Circle

Cedar Deep Circle was originally conceived as a financial giving circle, a way to give a monthly gift to Hedgebrook and make a larger impact over time.

We’ve heard from some community members that they’d like to support Hedgebrook in other ways, until a financial gift is feasible, so we’ve evolved the program to honor more of the ways to join.

Though financial support remains very valuable to us, it’s not the only thing we value. If you’re willing to donate your time and energy to help spread the Hedgebrook word, we’ll honor that commitment too.

If you can’t give $10 per month, but still want to be a member of the Cedar Deep Circle, here’s how:

  • Write six original blog posts for the Hedgebrook blog (limited opportunity).
  • Host an event that results in at least 12 new people joining the Hedgebrook mailing list. We’ll provide some suggestions on how to get started and work with you virtually to plan the party.

Contact us at giving@hedgebrook.org to learn more and get started.

Hedgebrook is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.