Welcome to the ESU...

The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a membership organization whose mission is carried out locally by the efforts of Branch members.  As an ESU member, you are contributing both financially and personally to programs that enrich the lives of students and educators through a diverse range of local and national programs.  Additionally, members expand their own social network by being invited to cultural and social events, speakers and book author events, regional and national events as well as invitations to international travel opportunities.

Why join the English-Speaking Union?

You are invited to become a member of the Philadelphia Branch of the English-Speaking Union of the United States. As part of a broadly based national and international organization, you will:

  • Learn through lectures by internationally known authors, historians and statesmen on topics of current affairs, politics, art and culture.
  • Meet interesting people at events, such as the Annual Garden Party to celebrate HRH Queen Elizabeth II's birthday, dances, polo and cricket matches and social functions.
  • Participate in cultural and travel programs.
  • Support the programs of the ESU, such as the Shakespeare Competition, Teachers Learning Abroad - UK and other scholarships.
  • Enjoy dining privileges at the Racquet Club of Philadelphia.
  • Have access to the public rooms and restaurants at Dartmouth House in London and National Headquarters in New York.

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Membership dues are as follows:

Single $75
Household $105
Sustaining $135


*Under 36 years of age

Additional Contributions

You can help the Philadelphia Branch execute the mission locally by donating to the:

Branch Books as Envoys Fund: This fund helps us send Ambassador Award winning books to St. Xavier's College in Mumbai, India.

Branch Shakespeare Fund:  This fund supports our participation in the National Shakespeare Competition, providing educational and cultural opportunities for local teachers and students.

Branch Speaker Fund: This fund enables us to bring quality speakers to our Branch and Members.

Consider Joining as a National Patron

National Patron Membership provides higher level support to programs that enrich the lives of our members, teachers, and thousands of high school and college students nationwide.  National Patrons receive local and national recognition and invitations to exclusive events.  Up to one half of your contribution can be designated to support your branch. 

National Patron Program Description: Download PDF

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Tax Information: The English-Speaking Union of the United States is a 501(c)(3) organization .  Membership contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law. Our Federal Tax ID: 13-1623995


The English-Speaking Union

Philadelphia Branch

Welcome to the ESU

The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural opportunities for students, educators, and members.

To find out more about our programs click here.