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Planned giving


Join more than 100 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.

First Folio Society members are invited to celebrations throughout the year and have opportunities to get an insider’s view of the Library.

We are proud and pleased to be able to help the Folger keep going and growing forever.
—Roger and Robin Millay, First Folio Society members

Joining the First Folio Society

You can simply inform us that you have remembered the Folger in your will, retirement plan, or life insurance policy by contacting us at You can also work with us to make an investment that both benefits the Library and earns you income during your lifetime. If you are interested in making the Folger part of your legacy, and have not already, we invite you to learn about the gift options below.

Gift options

There are many ways to make a significant charitable contribution to the Folger. All of these options can benefit the Library while also protecting and enhancing your personal financial situation.

The Folger’s planned giving program is offered through Amherst College, providing sophisticated investment management and high quality gift administration.

Gifts by will, and other revocable provisions

Life insurance
Retirement plans
IRA Charitable Rollover

Life income plans

Charitable gift annuity
Deferred charitable gift annuity
Charitable remainder unitrust
Pooled income funds

Other gift options

Alternative gifts options include: undeveloped land, residences, tangible personal property, closely held stock, limited partnerships, or other non-traditional assets.

Tax information

The Folger’s Federal Employer Tax ID number is 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.

Contact us

For more information, or to notify us that you have already included the Folger in your estate plans, please contact our Planned Giving team at 202-675-0349 or Inquiries are confidential and carry no obligation.