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Get Lit – Words Ignite is a non-profit organization that fuses classic and spoken word poetry to increase teen literacy on the page and in visual media. Get Lit was founded in 2006 by author and educator Diane Luby Lane whose goal was and is to cultivate enthusiastic learners emboldened to inspire social consciousness in diverse communities. Now in 150 schools and counting, our programs significantly impact youth from age nine to young adulthood primarily in under-resourced areas and include in-school and after-school programs, poetry and film summer camps, our annual Classic Slam competition, the Get Lit Players teen performance troupe, Literati Leadership Core and Get Lit Media youth-run production studio.

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SPARK

  • 1 Get Lit T-shirt
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

FLAME

  • 1 Get Lit T-shirt
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

torch

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Small tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Bonfire

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Wildfire

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Heat

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Energy

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Lightning

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report

Supernova

  • 2 Get Lit T-shirts
  • Large tile on a pillar in the Get Lit office
  • A mention in the Get Lit newsletter
  • A mention in the Annual Report
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Donations that help build community, empower youth, and inspire millions

2020-2021

LUMINARIES

Thank you to our generous supporters.
Donate today to become a Luminary.

Supernova
($100,000+)

LA Arts Recovery Funding
LA County Department of Mental Health
Rosenthal Family Foundation
The Hearthland Foundation
Vans Checkerboard Fund

Lightning
($50,000+)

Anonymous
LA County Department of Arts & Culture
LA Regional COVID Fund
SNAP Foundation

Energy
($25,000+)

Anonymous
California Arts Council
City of LA Department of Cultural Affairs
Dwight Stuart Youth Fund
LA County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas 2nd District
Manitou Foundation
State of CA OSBA General Operating Relief Fund
The Ahmanson Foundation

Heat
($10,000+)

Anonymous
Golden Circle Group
Hollywood Foreign Press Association
LA County Parks Program
Literary Arts Emergency Fund
The Carol and James Collins Foundation
The Mark Hughes Foundation
The Richard and Harriet Glickman Charitable Trust
White-Trivas Family Foundation

Wildfire
($5,000+)

Angela Chomko
Anonymous
California Humanities
City National Bank
Delta Wright
Diane and Guilford Glazer: Jewish Community Foundation
Find Your Light Foundation
Gary Saltz Foundation
Go Fund Me Foundation
Harriet Aronow
John E. Saunders
LA County Dept of Probation Services
Leonora Horwin
Library of Congress: General Operating Funds
Regina Brown & Lee Feldman
Susan Saltz
The Audrey Irmas Foundation for Social Justice
The Canet Foundation
The Posner Foundation
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment

Inferno
($2,500+)

Diane Cary and James Parriott
Elizabeth Lee
Michael Skolnik
Mike Rast
Naveena Ponnusamy
Ned Colletti
Phil Angelides
Tom Morello

Bonfire
($1,000+)

Barbara Williams
Chris Hershey
Cristina Pacheco
DeAnna Gravellis
Diane and Jerry Wendel
Ellen Picataggio
Erika Abrams
FRCE LLC
Gary & Luisa Romoff
Jeffrey Van Dyk
Jenny Linthorst
Jill Rosenthal
John Keim
Kareem Reda
Kenneth Brown
Leslie Poliak
Matthew Tennicott
Michael R Zomber
Nina Drabkin
Richard Luby
Rob Kramer
Shahira Tadross
State of California CAC Grant: Youth Arts Action
Stephen W. Craig Family Foundation, Inc.
Suzanne Gillison
Suzanne Novik
William Plaschke

Torch
($500+)

Beau Bonneau
Bill Walker
Bronwyn Watson
Catherine Opie
Cathleen Hession
Christopher Angela
David Bolhuis
Diane Luby Lane
Ellen Sandler
Eric Hendrickson
Gina Brown
Jamie Arias
Jean Chodos
Jeanna Marks
Jon Hess
Katherine A. Moore
Lindsey Kozberg
Maria Ferrari
Michael and Tina Gittelson Family Trust
Richard Foos
Rob Stone
Sean Smith
Shari Foos
Tom North
William Lewis
Yosi Sergant

Flame
($250+)

Amy Einstein
Anonymous
Barbara Luby
Carole Jablon Bernardi
Eric Hayes
Gayle Pacheco
Jane Mayer
Kamin Samuel
Lida Jennings
Marianne Perls
Nolan Jones
Paula Keller
Raul Pina
Reszin Gonzalez
Ronny Turiaf
Stacey Watson
Susan Spivak
Victoria Chuidian
Yulia Rafailova

Spark
($100+)

Adele Udo Gladis
Amazon Smile
Angela Aaron
Anthony Poon
Ayala Alitta
Benjamin Skerker
Bernice Colemen
Brent Eastep
Brittany Restauri
Carole Wells
Charles Jensen
Chester Checalante
Christine Lennon
Colleen Brown
Corrine Fontaine
Cynthia Green
Daniel Chung
Dannie Kwak
David Kietzman
Dean Wigger
Dharma Hernandez
Dyanne Kano
Edison International
Elenora Rabinovich
Eric Ng
Erica Carpenter
Evelyn Irons
Gayle Tapscott
Gina Belafonte
Harriet Schlact
Heather Mathieson
Heidi Levitt
Howard Frumes
Jacqueline Valenzuela
Jamie Flam
Jeanette Pavini
Jennifer Henley
Jonathan Zeichner
Jordan Barrows
Joyce Mosley
Julie Scelfo
K Villoria
Kate Flather
Kay Gallin
Kelly Sergant
Khalid Jones
Kristy Edmunds
Kroger Points
Leda Maliga
Lisa Richardson
Liz Camfiord
Matt Gromala
Melissa Hall
Michael Green
Michael Hall
Monique Mitchell
Paul Jablon
Pauline Hall
Peter Menzies
Regina Blumenfeld
Ruth Adler
Sam Nouri
Samantha Cao
Sarah Bull
Scott Director
Shanon Marks
Sylvie Vaught
Thomas Taylor
Tiffany Mosely
Tim Weil
Vanessa Cogevinas
Yatchui Lee