The Authors Guild Foundation is the educational and charitable arm of the 9,000-member Authors Guild, America’s oldest and largest society of published authors. Founded over 40 years ago out of the Guild’s concern for the welfare of writers and to protect the value of their contributions to the reading public, the Foundation is a tax-exempt organization based in New York. Its founding members—including Saul Bellow, John Hersey, Madeleine L’Engle, Sidney Offit, James A. Michener, Toni Morrison, Elizabeth Janeway, and Barbara Tuchman—were committed to the Foundation’s basic goals of protecting authors’ intellectual property rights, free expression, and the profession of writing. Today, the Authors Guild Foundation supports the Authors Guild in educating authors in the business of writing and the protection of copyright and free speech.
The Authors League Fund, established in 1917 by the Authors League of America, provides emergency assistance to professional writers and dramatists who find themselves in financial need because of medical or health-related problems, temporary loss of income, or other misfortune. Most of the writers helped by the Fund suffer severe health problems but have inadequate or no insurance; some face eviction; many are older writers whose income has ceased through no fault of their own. Over the years, the Fund has helped thousands of writers, with millions of dollars in assistance. Its mission is to provide a safety net—and a sense of community—to writers enduring financial hardship.
The Authors Registry is a not-for-profit clearinghouse for payments to authors, receiving royalties from organizations overseas and distributing them to U.S. authors. It was founded in 1995 by a consortium of U.S. authors' organizations: The Authors Guild, The American Society of Journalists & Authors, the Dramatists Guild, and the Association of Authors' Representatives. To date, the Authors Registry has distributed over $33,000,000 to authors in the United States.