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.




The Festival is proud to have met our goal of raising $10,000 in 2018 toward the Eternity Fund and receiving a $5,000 grant from the Greater New Orleans Foundation through its Freeman Challenges grant to establish a cash reserve fund.

Named the “Eternity Fund” (from A Streetcar Named Desire), the campaign helps 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 our future.

Thank you to everyone who helped us meet this important goal! We will continue to add to our Eternity Fund for future success. Click on the link below to donate.




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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.