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Home to the world's largest Shakespeare collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library is a world-class center for scholarship, learning, culture, and the arts. In order to sustain and grow these critical initiatives, we rely on the generosity of individuals, families, corporations, foundations, and government agencies. Today, approximately 2,000 donors provide 25% of our annual operating budget. 


We invite you to personally participate in the life of the Folger Shakespeare Library by making a tax-deductible donation to the institution.  

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Your contribution to the Folger Shakespeare Library supports:

  • K-12 education programs designed to engage and inspire young minds, make Shakespeare's language accessible, and cultivate a lifelong passion for his works and literature and learning in general.
  • Extensive efforts to conserve and maintain our collections' integrity, and expand our collections through the acquisition of rare books, manuscripts, and artwork.
  • The Folger Institute, a place where scholars convene to identify and explore the most current and compelling issues in all fields of early modern studies through seminars and conferences.  

  • Award-winning cultural and arts programs--theater, poetry, music, exhibitions, and lectures--that connect broader audiences to its collections and support the living legacy of Shakespeare in American life.

  • Our growing online resource that provides lesson plans and other resources for teachers nationwide and around the world.

Support the Folger Shakespeare Library today and ensure that this peerless institution and its vital cultural and educational programs continue to flourish for years to come.  For more information, please follow the links above or contact Essence Newhoff, Director of Development, at (202) 675-0302.


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Federal Employer Tax ID #04-2103542: The Folger Shakespeare Library is administered by a Board of Governors under the auspices of Amherst College, founder Henry Clay Folger’s alma mater. Therefore, the Trustees of Amherst College are the official body under which the Folger is recognized by the Internal Revenue Service under sections 501(c)(3) and 509(a)(1) of the tax code.

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