Invest in Your Favorite Programs: Become a Stakeholder

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Direct your donation to a program or project you value! A stakeholder is a donor of the Western Folklife Center who is able to direct their donation to a program or project that they care about and want to support. What you get in return is the satisfaction of supporting an organization and an initiative you hold dear.


Effective July 1, 2016, the minimum stakeholder gift is $275.00; please do include the word "Stakeholder" in your contribution.


Please Note: Our Membership and Stakeholder Programs are two separate and distinct programs. Being a member (at any level) does not make you a stakeholder.



Are you inspired by home-made Deep West Videos, or poetry films focused on the rural West? Would you like to support StoryCorps interviews that will document the rich stories in our community? As a stakeholder you can direct your donation to any of these areas and more.

●    Website Rebuild: We’re redesigning our web presence to make the Western Folklife Center website more interactive, accessible and up-to-date.
●    Moving Rural Verse: A project in-the-works to produce short poem videos that bring the rural West and its limited natural resources into closer view. A grant from the National Endowment of the Arts for this project will get us started, but only if that funding is matched by contributions from other sources.
● In partnership with StoryCorps and TED we’re rolling out the new app and featuring a recording booth at the Gathering where you can personally record an interview with a friend, family member or anyone who inspires you and has a story to tell. Help us to expand this initiative beyond the Gathering, reaching out to the wider Elko community as well as producing programming inspired by the stories that are shared with us.
●    Discussions and special sessions at the Gathering: These important conversations bring multiple perspectives and meaningful insight to stewardship issues. We hope to increase the quality of curation and distribution of these talks, so that they reach an audience even wider than the Gathering.
●    Deep West Videos: Part two! We continue to invest in videography with Owyhee students from the Duck Valley Reservation, amping up the incorporation of the Shoshone language.
●    Centennial CD Project: “Sun and Saddle Leather,” a compilation of Badger Clark poetry is the first in a series to feature classic cowboy poetry recitation from Gathering archival recordings. Help us to brush the dust off these classics that deserve to be heard. 

To become a stakeholder while at the Gathering, please stop by the stakeholder desk in the lobby of the Conference Center on the campus of the Elko Convention and Visitors Authority. For more information about the Stakeholder Program or to become a stakeholder, click here to contribute, or contact us at 888-880-5885, extension 221, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In return for your investment, you will be invited to the exclusive Stakeholder Breakfast at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. You will also receive invitations to events in Elko and around the region.

The Western Folklife Center is a Nevada non-profit 501c(3) organization. All donations go to support the mission of the Western Folklife Center. Your contribution may be tax deductible. Please consult your tax advisor for more information.