Ways of Giving
There are a number of ways to support the work of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. We are immensely grateful to everyone who chooses to contribute to our work and we hope you will want to do the same.
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Make a Donation
Please support our work by making a donation today.
The Shakespeare Houses and Gardens
We care for all five of the surviving houses associated with Shakespeare and his family: his Birthplace, Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Nash’s House, Hall’s Croft and Mary Arden’s Farm as well as the site and gardens of New Place, Shakespeare’s final home. When you make a donation you will be helping us keep these houses open and in good condition so that we can continue to welcome visitors for hundreds of years to come.
Unrivalled collections, unparalleled education
We have accumulated the world’s 2nd largest collection of Shakespeare-related materials – including the only surviving letter written to Shakespeare, three First Folios and many other treasures, including the archive of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
20,000 students of all ages and nationalities attend our courses, lectures and seminars each year. They tell us that nothing can compare to studying in the heart of the town where he was born. Thousands of people also use our reading room which is one of the few specialist Shakespeare libraries that is open for everyone to use.
Please support our work
You can support the Trust's work and help sustain Shakespeare's legacy by making a donation. All donations are warmly welcomed and go towards furthering the work of the Trust. If you are a UK income-tax payer you can give us valuable support by making a tax-deductible donation through Gift Aid.
Your support is very much appreciated.
Make a Gift in your Will
When you make a gift in your Will to the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust you can help conserve the five Houses and Gardens in Stratford-upon-Avon which are associated with William Shakespeare and his family, keeping them open for generations to come. You can help us engage with people from around the world through our international education and outreach work, inspiring more people through Shakespeare's genius. You can help us care for and expand our world class collections, enabling more people to access them. Your gift will help sustain Shakespeare's legacy for generations to come.
We are very grateful for bequests of any size and are happy to answer any questions you might have . Please contact the Development Team if there is anything at all you would like to ask us about leaving us a gift in your Will.
Please download our short guide to leaving a gift in your Will to us. This contains the suggested form of words for making different types of bequest and will be of use to your solicitor when making or changing your Will.
Give as You Shop
Many online retailers, insurers and travel agents have registered with Easy Fundraising which means that when you shop online you can help raise money for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. This won’t cost you a penny and is very easy to set up.
Follow these 4 simple steps to get you started:
- Click on the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Easy Fundraising page.
- Click on ‘Sign Up’ and fill in your details (all you will need to fill in is your name and email address and then create a password – you don’t need to give them any of your personal details)
- Whenever you want to shop online log in to easy fundraising and find the retailer from the list (there is link to an A-Z list of them along the top of the page)
- Click on the retailer you want and this will redirect you to their website. Now you just proceed as normal with your order and when complete the retailer will give us money through Easy Fundraising
Every time you do any shopping online in the future, simply log in to Easy Fundraising and follow the link to your chosen retailer. You can check up on how much you are helping to raise by logging into the website. On here you will also find a section full of vouchers and special codes that you can use when shopping to save you money – so by helping us you can also help yourself.
If you are searching for Shakespeare gifts, check out the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Online Gift Shop. Every £1 you spend helps care for the Shakespeare Houses, supports our internationally important library and archives, and funds our learning programmes.
Give as You Search
Switch your search engine to Easy Search and every time you search online you will raise money for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. If you search just 15 times a day then you can raise around £25 a year for us.
Easy Search is run by the same people who run Easy Fundraising and they combine the results of several search engines such as Yahoo!, Bing and Ask to ensure you always find what you are looking for.
All you have to do is use the following link to search online:
Set Easy Search as your homepage and it will be even easier for you to raise money for the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. It is very easy to do this, just click on the button that says 'set as my homepage'.
Why support the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust?
We care for five Tudor houses in Stratford-upon-Avon that are associated with William Shakespeare and his family, including the house where he was born and the site of the house in which he died. We also hold and care for world class collections of Shakespeare related materials. Our programmes, education and outreach work continue to inspire visitors, students and scholars of all nationalities. We do all this without any direct government funding and rely entirely on income generated through our supporters: our visitors, donors, volunteers and Friends.