Become a Donor




The generosity of our Festival donors helps us provide quality programming and keep our ticket costs as low as possible. Your donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law, and we have flexible payment options.

You can make an outright gift or consider one of these creative ways to give:·

  • Honor someone you love, or someone who loves the Festival, by donating in their name for special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, graduations, anniversaries, or just because you want to honor them.
  • Give in memory of departed friends or loved ones through a memorial donation.

Click the Donate button below for more information.

Your donation will go to general operational support of the Festival, and to help pay for literary events, theater events, and educational outreach.  You may always give anonymously, without public recognition, if you wish.

2019 Festival Donors

Joy and Boysie Bollinger

The Heymann-Wolf Foundation

The Gary Matus Fund

The Motch Family Foundation

Scovern Law Firm




The Festival is proud to announce that the Greater New Orleans Foundation has awarded us the Freeman Challenges grant to establish a cash reserve fund in 2018.

Named the “Eternity Fund” (from A Streetcar Named Desire), the campaign is designed to ensure long-term stability for the 30+-year old festival that celebrates and shares the enormous wealth of literary and cultural traditions that enrich our unique region.  Establishing a cash reserve reflects prudent financial planning and preparation for the future.

We must raise $10,000 by December 31, 2018 to benefit from this grant.

When we reach the goal, the Freeman Challenges Fund will grant us $5,000. The $15,000 total will go into a separate board-restricted account to provide a necessary safety cushion.

We invite you to take the lead and support the “Eternity Fund.” Your gift will pave the way for a successful campaign.

2018 Eternity Fund Donors

Jane Anderson

Sara Barnard

Rick Barton

Adelaide Benjamin

Commander’s Palace

Cooter Brown’s Tavern

Lisa D’Amour

Susie Hoskins

LA Pizza Kitchen Uptown

Errol and Peggy Scott Laborde

Priscilla & John Lawrence

Rusty Nail

Sandra Nickel

Linda Nix

Hal Reed

Brad Richard

Jill Steenhuis Ruffato

Sara W. Woodard




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Did you know you can help ensure the Festival’s future through your estate and planned gifts? Donors who intend a gift through their estate become recognized patrons of the Festival. 

Ways to give through estate and planned gifts:

  • Name the Festival in a will (bequest). See naming instructions below.
  • Designate life insurance proceeds to the Festival or donate a life insurance policy for cash surrender. 
  • Transfer stock to the Festival. Significant capital gains tax savings and income tax deductibility are available. Please notify us in advance of an intended stock donation.
  • Name the Festival a beneficiary of a retirement plan, IRA, 401(k), or 403(b).

To name/designate the Festival in your will/trust or as a beneficiary of an insurance policy or any planned gift, please use the following language: The Tennessee Williams–New Orleans Literary Festival, Inc.,  Tax ID#: 72-1088036.

For more information on planned gifts , bequests, and gifts of stock, please contact Board Vice President Sara Woodard,, or 504-581-1144, or your professional tax, legal, or financial advisor.