Remember BIO This Holiday Season

BIO President Will Swift and Vice President Deirdre David recently sent this letter to members:

We hope that as you make your end-of-year gifts, you will consider a tax-deductible contribution to BIO.

Your financial support helps fund our annual conference and our annual awards—the BIO Award for lifetime contribution to the art and craft of biography; the Plutarch for best biography of the year; the Editorial Excellence Award; the Biblio Award for outstanding librarian or archivist; and the Hazel Rowley Prize for best proposal for a first biography.

This coming year we will be inaugurating an annual Caro Fellowship named in honor of Robert and Ina Caro. It will support biographers by paying for travel expenses to visit places and archives associated with their subjects. Your help in funding this major venture would be much appreciated.

We are also sponsoring an international biography conference, to be held on September 19th through 21st in Groningen in the Netherlands, with the Dutch Biography Institute and the French Biography Society. The conference will include biographers from all over the world on panels talking about how biography is practiced differently in different countries. We could use assistance in supporting this exciting new initiative.

Your support will also help augment our services to members and enable BIO to reach out to biography readers and students. It will also help supplement the advance payments for our annual conference, which since our founding in 2010 has been generously covered by our board members.

Since we entered into an agreement in 2017 with Virginia Organizing, a longstanding and highly regarded tax-exempt organization, all donations to BIO are tax-deductible.

Checks should be made out to “BIO/Virginia Organizing.” Enter “BIO Contribution” on the lower left of your check.

Contributors of $250 and above receive a letter from Virginia Organizing recognizing their tax-exempt donation, as required by law. Anyone who contributes less than $250 will receive a letter from BIO acknowledging the tax-deductible donation.

Please send your checks to:

Will Swift
3007 Lake Street
Valatie, New York 12184

We hope you will assist in advancing the growth of BIO and in supporting it assistance to all its members.

With many thanks and best wishes for the holiday season,

Sincerely yours,

Will Swift

Deirdre David