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Why Should You Become a National Patron?

This benefit program ensures that the ESU has both sound Branches and a strong National Headquarters to advance our shared mission and values. As a National Patron, you play a key role in supporting cultural and educational programs that enrich the lives our members and thousands of middle school, high school and college students nationwide, as well as the greater international community of those teaching, learning and speaking English. Your contribution provides increased financial support both for your Branch and the National ESU. And, as a National Patron, depending on your level of financial support, you enjoy exclusive benefits and privileges not available to the members or to local Branch Patrons.  

As a National Patron You Will:

  • be able to designate up to half of your gift to your local Branch while receiving national recognition for the full amount of your gift
  • have the option to make quarterly payments*
  • receive the special benefits of your membership level**

Questions? Contact Rossana Ivanova
at rivanova@esuus org or Joshua Keppel-Gonzalez at

ESU National Patron Program Membership Levels and Benefits

National Donor $300
  • National membership to the ESU for you and your partner
  • Invitation to the National Patron Event at the ESU Annual Conference
  • Option to direct up to half of your gift to your Branch
  • Reduced rates for Branch lectures, dinners and related activities; priority seating; pre-/post-event receptions with speakers and other dignitaries (subject to Branch custom)
  • Advanced notice and priority booking for ESU-sponsored member travel opportunities and tous
  • Notice of exclusive Patron-only travel opportunities
    ESU member ticket prices to special events at Dartmouth House
  • Complimentary glass of wine or pint of beer with meatl at your first visit to either NYC's Shakespeare Pub or the Peacock Restaurant at the William on East 39th St. upon presentation of your Patron membership card
  • National recognition for the full amount of your gift in our publications
National Sponsor $500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Complimentary admission and priority seating at special national functions such as the National Shakespeare Competition at Lincoln Center
  • Advance notice and priority booking for exclusive Patron-only travel
  • A special subscription rate for select Archant publications including Discover Britain, The English Garden and The English Home
  • An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of facilities/spaces not open to the public at Tower of London, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces
National Sustainer $750
  • All benefits listed above
  • Invitations to the International At Home coffee mornings at Dartmouth House organized by ESU
  • Complimentary admission to all ESU-sponsored lectures, receptions and events at the National Headquarters in New York
  • Discount on Brunel's London Boat Trip, River Walk, and Tunnel Descent
President's Circle $1,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Lunch or dinner with ESU Chair
  • Corporate Membership 15% discount at Brooks Brothers Stores and website***
  • Complimentary one-year membership to the Brunel Museum
Chairman's Circle $2,500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Priority consideration for tickets to exclusive events available to ESU members such as the Buckingham Palace Garden Party and the Commonwealth Day Observance at Westminster Abbey
National Fellow $5,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Favorable rates for the use of the Garden Lounge at National Headquarters for a private event (subject to availability)
  • Priority consideration for tickets to events at Dartmouth House with The Princess Royal, patroness of the ESU
Walter Hines Page Society $10,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Complimentary use of the Garden Lounge at National Headquarters for private events (subject to availability)

*If you are a first-time Patron or if you wish to move to a higher Patron level, you may arrange a convenient payment schedule by calling the Development Office at National Headquarters at 212-818-1200 ext  218

**If you elect to receive premiums, items with asterisks, the IRS mandates the tax-deductible amount will be reduced by the market value of items received as determined by the ESU

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