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Ways to Give

When you give to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, a private nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, you support our mission: that the future may learn from the past. The Foundation does not receive federal or state funding and instead relies on grant funding and the generosity of individual donors to fulfill that mission and safeguard this national treasure for generations to come.

With Your Support, Colonial Williamsburg Will Continue To

  • Preserve iconic and historic buildings, landscapes, trades and skills that were here in Williamsburg in the 18th century.
  • Engage history lovers of all ages by bringing the Historic Area to life through costumed interpretation and immersive programming.
  • Curate a world-class museum collection that illuminates the stories of those who made their lives in the colonial capital.
  • Celebrate educators across the country by providing them the skills and tools necessary to revolutionize the way they teach history and foster citizenship through The Bob and Marion Wilson Teacher Institute for Colonial Williamsburg.

How You Can Help

There are several ways in which to make a charitable gift to Colonial Williamsburg, and staff members are always happy to help.

Make a One-Time Gift

Use our secure, easy-to-use online giving form to show your support.

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Set Up a Monthly Gift

Become a sustainer—a group of our most dedicated supporters—by setting up automatic deductions from your credit card or checking account. It’s an easy, convenient way to express your support of Colonial Williamsburg, helping us implement strategies for long-term preservation and institute innovative educational programs.

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Make a Gift in Honor or in Memory

Make a meaningful gift recognizing someone special with a gift in their honor OR honor the memory of a loved one with a memorial gift to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

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Give the Gift of History

This is a great way to share your love of history with family and friends. Recipients enjoy a year-long subscription to our magazine, Trend & Tradition, as well as a beautiful ornament and a personal message from you.

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To Make a Gift Over the Phone
Give us a call at 1-888-CWF-1776

To Email a Gift
Send us an email at DONATIONS@CWF.ORG.

To Mail a Gift

Click here to print out a gift form, complete it and mail to:

Colonial Williamsburg
Gift Processing Center
P.O. Box 1590
Merrifield, VA  22116-9627

To Give a Gift via DTC
Click here for information on how to complete a transfer of securities via depository trust company.

To set up a Planned or Estate Gift
Click here for information on how to set up a Planned or Estate Gift.

The Advantages of Unrestricted Annual Giving

Giving to support the Colonial Williamsburg Fund (our annual giving program) has its advantages:

For our full list of advantages, click here.

Small, everyday ways to make a difference


We encourage you to create a fundraiser on Facebook and invite your friends to donate to the Foundation. Click below to learn more about how to create a fundraiser and set Colonial Williamsburg as the beneficiary of your generosity.

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Special Gift Opportunities

Matching Gift Program

You may be affiliated with a company that has a matching gift program, which may double or even triple your gift dollars to Colonial Williamsburg. Even if you have already given a gift, you may still be able to have it matched. Check with your employer.

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License Plate

Declare your support! Show your excitement about the Revolutionary City with a Colonial Williamsburg license plate, and $15 of the $25 purchase fee will benefit The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Purchase a License Plate

Questions? Call us at 1-888-CWF-1776 or email us at DONATIONS@CWF.ORG.

Thank you for all you do to support Colonial Williamsburg as we strive to cultivate informed citizenship—now and for future generations. Your investment in our nation’s history allows us to accomplish so much and tell the stories of the men, women and children who lived and worked here in Williamsburg.