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Become an American Friend of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and make a tax-deductible donation in USD today

Every dollar given to Shakespeare's Birthplace America goes directly towards supporting the education programmes, conservation work and outreach initiatives of the Trust. It is through your support that we are able to engage with even more people, helping them to discover a deeper understanding and appreciation of William Shakespeare. Thank you!

Become an SBA Friend

The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has run a Friends membership programme for over sixty years and is proud to extend this membership opportunity to Americans through our SBA Friends programme. As an SBA Friend, you can decide which level is the most appropriate for your interests. Membership lasts for one calendar year from the date of joining, and all payments are taken through PayPal. Your options include:

  • Student           $25.00 
  • Individual       $38.00
  • Joint                $60.00   (please indicate both names at time of joining) 

Membership benefits include:

  •  free entry into the five Shakespeare family homes in Stratford-upon-Avon
  • email or paper copy of our quarterly Friends Newsletter, "What News?" 
  • 10% discount on books and gifts from our award-winning Shakespeare Bookshop and the bespoke gift shops found at each of the Shakespeare family homes, including our online shop 
  • advance ticket purchases to VIP talks with leading Shakespeare scholars
  • early booking access to book launches and exclusive events
  • access to private behind-the-scenes events  

For SBA Friends who do not come to Stratford-upon-Avon, we also run a series of members only webinars and Q&A sessions throughout the year which you will have a log-in to be able to access from the comfort of your home. 

To sign up to become one of our treasured and much appreciated Friends, please click here

Make a donation

Shakespeare’s Birthplace America (SBA) is recognised by the United States Internal Revenue Service as tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a charitable and educational organisation.  Contributions to SBA are tax-deductible for U.S. taxpayers to the extent provided by law.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace America has no paid staff, and 100% of your donation goes to our programs. Every donation helps to make a significant difference in the work that we carry out both in person in Stratford-upon-Avon and through our scholarship programme and outreach activities for American students, teachers and creative partners.

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Join us as a Patron

As a Patron of Shakespeare’s Birthplace America, you play a crucial part in conserving the Shakespeare family homes and enabling thousands more people to enjoy a closeness and an insight into Shakespeare’s work, life and times that cannot be experienced anywhere else in the world through our online resources, educational courses and outreach activities. 

In addition to keeping you informed as to the difference your donations are making and the opportunities made possible through your patronage, we will invite you to join us at lectures and unique events where you will have a chance to meet our international experts in person here in Stratford-upon-Avon and in America.  


Upstart Crow - $1,000

All Friends benefits plus:

  • Guidebook on joining
  • Acknowledgement in our Annual Report
  • Private view of new exhibitions
  • Privately guided tour with one of our experts for you and a guest


Chamberlain’s Men - $2,500

All Upstart Crow benefits plus:

  • Invitation to major openings for you and a guest
  • Invitation to the Summer Garden Party in one of the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust gardens for you and a guest


King’s Men - $5,000

All Chamberlain’s Men benefits plus:

  • One place at the annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebration Luncheon in Stratford-upon-Avon on a Shakespeare Birthplace Trust hosted table, with the opportunity to purchase additional places.
  • Opportunity to see new collections acquisitions before they go on display to the public.

Sweet Swan of Avon - $10,000

All King’s Men benefits plus:

  • A second complimentary ticket to the annual Shakespeare Birthday Celebration Luncheon in Stratford-upon-Avon at a Shakespeare Birthplace Trust hosted table.
  • Each year we will name you as a key supporter of a conservation project of your choice, and send you personal progress reports of your chosen project.

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