Become a member of the Storyteller Society to create change in Tennessee’s early literacy story.

The Storyteller Society is a group of individuals dedicated to giving Tennessee’s children the best chance at success in early literacy through an annual giving opportunity that supports Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation’s mission to strengthen early literacy in Tennessee. Society members support programs that give children from birth3rd grade as well as their caregivers, teachers and communities the books and resources they need to foster lifelong learning.

Become a member of the Storyteller Society today, joining with like-minded individuals who are committed to the future of Tennessee.

As a member of the Storyteller Society, you will receive the following benefits as a thank you for your support:



Empower literacy and lifelong learning

  • Newsletter on the state of Early Literacy in Tennessee
  • Recognition on social media
  • Listed in Annual Report
  • Listed in Literacy Alliance Dinner Program



Bring the vision for early literacy in Tennessee to life

  • All Reader benefits
  • Two invitations to the annual Literacy Alliance Dinner
  • Special gift



Write Tennessee’s early literacy story

  • All Reader and Illustrator benefits
  • Invitations to special events throughout the year
  • Signed book from prominent author or literacy leader



Inspire the literacy legacy for Tennessee’s next generation

  • All Reader, Illustrator, and Author benefits
  • Signed letter of recognition from the Governor’s office
  • Private event

Our Storyteller Society


  • Jeff Ballard
  • Danielle Whitworth Barnes
  • Jennifer Colquitt
  • Cathy and Wilford Fuqua
  • Susan & Richard Mattson
  • James & Elizabeth Nicholson
  • Dr. Phil Wenk


  • Kelli & Dave Haywood

  • Anonymous


  • Mark & Cathy Cate

  • Nancy & Harold Dishner


  • DeLisa & Elde Guerrier
    Creators of Storyville Gardens
  • Carol and Howard Kirshner
    On behalf of the Andrew Allen Charitable Foundation
  • Margaret F. Rappaport

  • Kristin & Jamie Wildman


Reach out to Abigail Sanderson at [email protected] or 615-532-9020.

It’s more than books.
It’s the future of Tennessee.

Other Ways to Give

Start a Campaign

Use social media to help give Tennessee children the gift of reading. You can create your own fundraising campaign page on Facebook—in honor of your birthday, a milestone, holiday, or just because!

Planned Giving

Leave a legacy that will impact early literacy for the future generation by making a planned gift. A planned gift is any major gift, made in lifetime or at death as part of your overall financial or estate planning.

Employer Match

You may be able to double your impact on early literacy through a matching gift from your employer. Talk to your employer to see if they match charitable contributions to make your gift go farther!

Gifting Securities

Donating appreciated securities can be very tax-effective, while at the same time making a lasting difference in the lives of Tennessee children. Reach out to our staff to start this conversation!

Gift in Honor or Memory

Give a gift in honor or memory of someone special to you. Designate your gift in honor or memory on our donation page at the link below.