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Why Should You Become a National Patron?

Your National Patronage 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 support meaningful 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.

As a National Patron You Will:

  • be acknowledged in our nation publications 
  • receive invitations to exclusive events 
  • 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 Kevin Simmonds
at 212-818-1200 ext 244 or ksimmonds@esuus org

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
  • Advanced notice of travel opportunities to the UK
  • National recognition for the full amount of your gift in our publications 
National Sponsor $500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Invitations to special National functions
  • Discounted subscriptions on select Archant Publications: Discover Britain, The English Garden and The English Home The ESU will provide a link to the online discount subscription.* 
President's Circle $1,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Corporate Membership 15% discount at Brooks Brothers Stores and website*
Chairman's Circle $2,500
  • All benefits listed above
  • Invitations to ESU Chairman Events 
National Fellow $5,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Invitation to an exclusive dinner with the ESU Chair
Walter Hines Page Society $10,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Two lecture or other literary event tickets **
Ambassador Society $15,000
  • All benefits listed above
  • Four lecture or other literary event tickets **
Visionaries' Society $25,000 or more
  • All benefits listed above
  • Free admission to all ESU local and national literary events**

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 Kevin Simmonds in the Development Office at National Headquarters at 212-818-1200 ext. 244.

*Contact Kevin Simmonds for Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership discount application and the link for magazine subscriptions.

** 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. If the fair market value of all of the benefits received in connection with the payment is not more than 2 percent of the payment, or $50, whichever is less, the premium is deductible.

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