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Planned Giving

The First Folio Society

First Folio

"For present comfort and for future good…"

(The Winter's Tale, V.1.32).


Join the more than sixty First Folio Society members who have made pledges to give beyond their lifetimes. Your legacy gift will ensure the future of the Folger’s scholarly, cultural, and educational programming, building the bridge from this generation of Shakespeare lovers to the next.


In their own words, why some of our current First Folio Society members made a planned gift to the Folger Shakespeare Library...

 "We are proud and pleased to be able to help the Folger keep going and growing forever."

Roger and Robin Millay

 "I am proud to support an organization that is so thoroughly involved in preserving and promoting all things Shakespeare. It is my fervent hope that present and future generations benefit from the work the Folger carries out, and I am happy to be of some help."

Deidre Holmes DuBois

 "We have committed a portion of our estate to the Folger Shakespeare Library because it has been an enormously important part of our lives. We met there, we researched there, we wrote there, and we encountered a marvelously diverse group of friends and acquaintances among its readers and staff. It has been our home away from home for nearly four decades. Our financial contribution will, perforce, be only a token of what we owe to one of the world's great institutions."

Alden and Virginia Vaughan

"The Folger has always been so hospitable, and its resources so valuable to my work, that a contribution was certainly worth making."

Jay Halio

 "I am deeply grateful to the Folger. Without access to the early modern books and manuscripts in the Library I would not have been able to write the books and articles I have published over the life-time of my career. Beyond that the Folger community has become a kind of second family…And I thoroughly enjoy the Folger Theatre. I want to help preserve all this - and more as the Library continues to develop - in a small way."

Lois Schwoerer

 "The Folger has been indispensable to my life as a scholar, enabling everything I've written and providing the kind of intellectual community in which my research could flourish. As director, I've come to an even stronger appreciation of the greatness of this institution and its generosity to the public in so many forms. Howard and I are glad to repay the Folger's many gifts to us with a bequest."

Gail Kern Paster, Director Emerita


Learn more about how to join the First Folio Society.

Learn more about your planned gift options.

Learn more about the benefits of the First Folio Society.

Find a list of current First Folio Society members in our Annual Report.


Please contact us for more information or to notify us that you have already included the Folger in your estate plans:

Winnie Harrington Robinson

Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts

(202) 675-0377


  Additional Information

To learn more, contact:

Winnie Harrington Robinson

Senior Development Officer for Major Gifts

(202) 675-0377



Inquiries are confidential and carry no obligation.

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