Dear friends of Jim Foley:
I am writing with excellent news: through your generosity and the generosity of others, we have surpassed our initial 2017/18 fundraising goal for the James W Foley University of Massachusetts Memorial Prize. I can’t thank you enough. We are now less than $4000 away from having fully funded the endowment that will assure that this important prize will continue in perpetuity.
I think we can make it. We’re so close now. And it’s clear that the sympathy and courage Jim exemplified are essential to the discourse—public and private, factual and imaginative; just as it is clear that writers, in every stage of their lives as writers, need a boost now and again, a sign that what they do and write matters, that it is recognized, celebrated, answered, needed.
Thank you again, mightily, for your contribution. I’m so pleased we have gotten this far, and hope we can reach just that little bit farther—and make it real, make it last, this gesture that is for and of Jim, that asserts the value of selflessness and courage.
Here is that link again, https://minutefund.umass.edu/foleyprize. Please help us spread the word.