We invite you to be part of the official fundraising campaign for the completion of Storyknife Writers Retreat. There are many different levels at which you can donate, and we appreciate all of your support.

Mount Iliamna Founders Circle

Become part of the community that funds the founding of Storyknife. Mount Iliamna Founders Circle is made up of people who understand that women’s stories are important and who want to help create a place where those voices are fostered. Members of the Mount Iliamna Founders Circle can make a one time $1000 donation or donate at least $100 each month via credit or debit card, thereby assuring the unrestricted operating funds that Storyknife will need to come into existence and contributing to capital campaign.

Please donate at least $1000 to be part of this community bringing Storyknife to life.
Click here to join the Iliamna Founders Circle. This will allow you to make a donation via Paypal. Please see instructions below to donate by check or wire transfer.

Make Your Mark

We have several select opportunities for donors to make their mark at Storyknife. What is a better lasting legacy for an important woman in your life than her name woven into the daily life of a women writers retreat?

Name either the Library or the Great Room inside the Main House:
Donate $100,000 and the first name of the woman of your choice will be prominently displayed on a custom made sign and referenced in Storyknife materials. (2 available.)

Name a Cabin:
Donate $50,000 and the first name of the woman of your choice will be prominently displayed above the door of a cabin and referenced in Storyknife materials. (2 remaining available.)

  • Arliss Sturgulewski, who will be naming her cabin for her daughter-in-law, Carol.
  • Jeannie Penney, who will be naming her cabin for her mother, Betty Rice.
  • Cathy Rasmuson, who will be naming her cabin for Halibut Cove artist Diana Tillion.
  • Atwood Foundation, who will be naming a cabin for Evangeline Atwood.

Name a Garden or Trail Spot:
Donate $10,000 and the first name of the woman of your choice will be prominently displayed on a bench or custom sign and referenced in Storyknife materials. (12 available.)

Click here to Make Your Mark. This will allow you to make a donation via Paypal. Please see instructions below to donate by check. If you chose Paypal, please click the “Add special instructions to the seller” note on the payment page and let us know how you’d like to make your mark… We’ll contact you for the details.

Eva’s House Fundraiser

We made it! Thanks to Nancy Nordhoff, founder of Hedgebrook, the women writers residency that started it all, whose donation put us over the top. This could never have happened in such a short time without the generosity of numerous people who understood that Eva Saulitis’s legacy should live on. Most of all, the unending generosity of heart of Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli who matched each dollar donated with two of their own. Thank you all so much.

Other Ways to Support Storyknife

Every donation helps make Storyknife a reality. We gratefully receive donations in any amount, and recurring monthly donations are particularly helpful. Please know that your donations are tax deductible and any amount helps us keep this fundraising campaign going until we meet our $1,000,000 goal for building the entire facility. After that time, we’ll also need funds to keep the lights on, food on the table, and pay the staff.

For example:
$200 each month ($2400 per year) – can feed a writer
$100 each month ($1200 per year) – can grow a garden
$40 a month ($480 per year) – can bring the light to a cabin
$25 a month ($300 per year) – can connect a writer (internet/phone for a cabin for the year)

Please consider donating in any amount. Click here to set up monthly donations of any amount or a one time donation in any amount. Or see the information below on how to donate by check.


Supporters who wish to pay by check (and spare us the PayPal fee) can send their donations to:

Storyknife Writers Retreat
PO Box 75
Homer, Alaska 99603

Storyknife is an IRS-certified 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. Your donation is fully deductible.

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Friends of Storyknife

The following is a running list of people* who have donated to help make Storyknife a reality. Thank all of you for believing in the power of women’s stories.


Foundation Support


Members of the Mount Iliamna Founders Circle
The Homer Bookstore
Patrice Krant
Paula and Joe Martin
Linda and Larry Martin
Deborah W. McNeil
Sandra Nolfi
Nancy Nordhoff
Jeannie Penney
Barbara G. Peters
Plumb, Level and Square Fund
Cathy Rasmuson
Robert Rosenwald
Rhonda Sleightor
Southwest Pilots Association
Dana Stabenow
Arliss Sturgulewski
Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli


Eva’s House Campaign Donations
Our Matching Donors: Peggy Shumaker and Joe Usibelli
Tele L Aadsen
Donna G R Aderhold
Mary Victoria Anderson
Susan Anderson (in honor of Christine Byl)
JoEllen Arnold
Scott and Jody Banks
Susan V Banks
Karen Benning
Anne L Black-Sinak
Holly Bond
Barbara Britch
Barbara L Buchanan
Annette Byl
Christine Byl
Anne G Canright
Jaqueline Carr Foundation
Jeanne E. Clark
Thomas Clarke
Rebecca Cleary
Tanya Collins
Patrick J Coughlin
Patricia M Crofut
Jodi E Darby
Carmen Davis
Kate Carroll de Gutes
Ann Dixon
Nora Elliott
Mei Mei Evans
Daryl and Joan Farmer
Macrina Fazio
Deirdre D Ford
Donna L Freedman
Anne Fuller
Jane A Geiger
Sharon A Genaux
Susie Gibson
Rebecca Goodrich
Julie L Hodges
Calista Hollyer
The Homer Bookstore
Pamela L Houston
adrienne jacoby
Jessica Jacobs and Nickole Brown
Arlitia Jones
Kathryn Jones
Marion A Jones
Leslie L Jones-Wentz
Jean Fitch Justice
Laurie R. King
Susan Kingston
Joanna M Knapp
Patrice Krant
Marc and Sandra Langland
Janie Leask
Julie LeMay
Patrick L Livecchi
Sara Loewen
Linda Longstaff
Sally Lowry
Carl Marrs
Linda and Larry Martin
Paula J Martin
Deborah Mc Neil
Judith and Gordon Meyer
James A. Misko
Ruby Murray
Kathy Nardi
Sandra Nolfi
Cathy and Jim Obbema
Mary Enright Olson in memory of Rita
barbara g peters
Terry S Rensel
Kim and Eric Rogers
Mary and Bob Rogers
Robert Rosenwald
Ladette Randolph
Hilda Raz
Jana Richman
Eva Ruutopold
Faye Schuett
Ann Schurr
Mary and Charles Sethness Charitable Foundation
Nancy M Shrout-Wankowski
Sheryl A. Simpson
Virginia W. Sims
Rhonda Sleightor
Dana Stabenow
Carol and Roe Sturgulewski
Carol Swartz
Nancy Louise Tague
Kim Steutermann Rogers
Susan Stevens-Briody
Ida Umphers
Valerie Van Brocklin
Judy Voelker
Kyra and Neil Wagner
Vivian Wagner
Elyn Walker
Christy Waltersdorff

and especially Nancy Nordhoff, founder of Hedgebrook, whose donation put us over the top.


Friends of Storyknife

Gloria Adams
Kathleen Alcala
Stephen Avery
Susan Banks and Stewart Terry
S. J. Barnsley
Jennifer Bills
Samuel Bishop
Holly Bond
Rosa Brooks
Michael Catoggio
M. Marie Causey-Spence
Christine Caldwell
Faitha Clark
Teresa Cooper
Jodi Darby
Catherine Day
Randi Day
Steven R. Defa
Ruth Desmond
Rebecca Ellis
Ember Press
Anne Fuller, in memory of her mother
Gateway Women
Sharon Genaux
Cheryl Fox Gnagey
Frances Haines
Patricia Hamon
Charlaine Harris
Kristin Hatcher
Ernestine Hayes
Merrilee Heffernan
Tiffinie Helmer Author
Virginia Hipszky
Mary Kallenberg and Bob Hartzler
Eowyn Ivey
Elaine Kant
Linda Ketchum
Jennifer Kurzweil
Nancy Lord
Susan Lord
Colette Lunday
Maggie (Parnassus Books)
Lawrence W. Marbourg
Paula Martin
John McFerran
Marion E. Meserve
Judith Meyer
Stetson Momosor
Melinda Moustakis
Diane E. Nesmeyer
Sandra J. Nolfi – “Please accept this donation to Storyknife in honor of Cathy & Jim Obbema, friends without equal.”
Oak Tree Antiques
Susan Oldreive
Mary Enright Olson
Kate Pavelle
Amy Pence
Don Rearden
Susan E Robertson
Deborah Robson
Barbi and Jason Rounds
Darlene Simpson
Kathy Smith
Sherri Smith
Jenny Stroyeck
Glenda Terry
Laura Thomas
Kelly Thompson
Judy Voelker
Cathy White (Memorial Gift)
Michael Williams
Susan Wingate
Marisa E. Young
Thank you!

*If you prefer to remain anonymous, please include a note with your check, or in the appropriate field when donating through PayPal.




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