Faced with the diminishing funding, the organizers are seeking to find a new sponsor and appealing to community members for donations, Hendrickson added. Donations have dipped by about $17,000 this year compared to past festivals, she said.
If they aren’t able to secure more donations, there’s no question the festival’s future will be in jeopardy, she added.
“All of us are volunteers who have serious career obligations in addition to the festival,” Hendrickson said. “To add a number of fundraisers to the already long list of tasks isn’t possible.”
To make a donation to the Literary Festival, visit their website at http://newburyportliteraryfestival.org, or mail it to P.O. Box 268, Newburyport, MA 01950. Checks should be made payable to Newburyport Literary Association, Inc.