Adopt a Word
Help preserve, protect and nurture the building blocks of our books, writing and ideas. For a modest $85 donation, bring a word under your wing and protect it from the ravages of modern life. Adoptions are for 12 months and are tax-deductible.
Receive the following:
- An adoption certificate;
- eBadge with your word to spread the news of your adoption;
- Quarterly updates on the progress of our adopt-a-word campaign, and other news from the Wheeler Centre; and
- The satisfaction of supporting our work with the vibrant literary sector.
Our Milligram gift packs were hugely popular, and have already gone to 50 lucky adoptees. Look out for the next Milligram offer with our tax appeal, launching in May.
Recently adopted words
Click a word to reveal its definition. Found a word you'd be proud to call your own? Take it under your wing and save it from life in a dusty, disused dictionary. Adopt!
(If your chosen word has already been adopted, check again later – we'll bring you more words to adopt soon.)
How the money is used
Your donation will support the Wheeler Centre's contribution to, and amplification of, the literary sector in Australia – nurturing the role of literature, storytelling and storymaking in Australian culture and identity.
All the writers we engage – for public events, commissioned writing, or in any other capacity – are paid at professional rates.
Word adoptions are fully tax-deductible.