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“The Muse offers so much to so many, without judgment and with open hearts and arms. What a gift you have given to this community. Thank you for being dedicated in giving such a beautiful gift in this, ofttimes weary world.”

— Jamshid Samareh

Giving and Membership

Since its start in 2005, The Muse has grown into one of the nation’s largest community-based literary centers, serving tens of thousands of people in coastal Virginia and beyond, thanks to the support of donors like you.

In addition to classes that touch on nearly every genre of writing, the Muse’s outreach programs serve young writers, military veterans, and elderly populations across the region; and now, with expanded virtual programming, across the world.

The Muse is unique among premier writing centers in that nobody who wants to experience our lively, diverse menu of offerings is turned away, regardless of ability to pay.

While The Muse experience is felt and lived, it is also an organization that requires practical and tangible resources to enable it.

Your support will enable The Muse to deepen and widen its impact in coastal Virginia and elsewhere, as well as propel you into a dynamic community of cultural supporters.

Give and Become a Member

Donor Members benefit from a wide variety of benefits, including discounts on Muse classes, as well as discounts to local businesses. Make a one-time donation or split your donation into monthly payments. Even the smallest donations make a big difference.

  Youth/Teen 
(under 18)
Member Ally Ambassador Angel Bronze Director's Circle Silver Director's Circle Gold Director's Circle
Yearly Min. $24

$60

$180

$300

$540

$1,200

$2,400

$5,000+

Monthly Min. $2

$5

$15

$25

$45

$100

$200

$417+

Invitations to Muse Special Events

Quarterly Donor newsletter

Muse Library Checkout Privileges*

Author Page on The Muse Website

5% discount on classes at The Muse

10% discount at Prince Books

10% discount at The Green Onion

10% discount at Plaze del Sol

10% discount on classes at The Muse

       

1 free Muse seminar each year for you or a friend

     

Donor Happy Hour

       

Signed book from a Muse author

       

Recognition on Muse Website

       

1 free 6-wk. class at The Muse each year OR Adult Camp for you or a friend

         

Executive Director Updates

         

Invitation to Author’s Talks in private homes

         

25% off The Muse classes for you and your significant other

           

VIP Seating at Selected Muse Events

           

Free unlimited classes at The Muse for you and your significant other

             

Recognition on Muse Donor Wall

             

Memberships

Cost: From: $2.00 / month

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Membership Level

Youth/Teen, Member, Ally, Ambassador, Angel, Bronze, Silver, Gold

Billing Period

Monthly, Yearly

Become an Investor

In addition to memberships, some donors chose to make a fully tax-deductible gift to support The Muse and cement it as a center of creativity.

To invest in The Muse’s work in helping to realize dreams, strengthen relationships, and improve self-understanding, select an option below.

Donate to the Muse

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Thank you for your support.

We’re a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, and your General Fund donation helps us with our day-to-day expenses (rent, utilities, supplies, and other operating expenses) as well as building for our future. We definitely appreciate—and use wisely—all general fund donations.

Additional information

Donation Fund

Area of greatest need, College & Graduate School Scholarships, Conference & Craft Development Funding, Outreach, Tuition Assistance, Youth Programming

Other Ways to Give

Give the Gift of Stocks, Bonds or Mutual Funds

One of the most financially sound ways to give is through the transfer of stock. Donors have the capacity to allow stock, bonds or other securities to be transferred to The Muse. Giving a gift of appreciated stock has significant tax benefits for the contributor. Please consult a tax advisor for information related to your personal circumstances. 

Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRA’s

Individuals who are age 70 ½ or older can contribute up to $100,000 from their IRA directly to a charity and avoid paying income taxes on the distribution. This is known as a qualified charitable distribution. It is limited to IRAs, and there are other exclusions and considerations. Please consult a tax advisor for guidance.

Planned Giving

Planned giving can be an important part of your estate planning and is one way to ensure your on-going support of The Muse. By including The Muse in your estate plan, you make a strong statement of confidence in our work and ensure our continued ability to serve our important mission.

Support The Muse through AmazonSmile!

 

Of course, we urge you to support your local bookstore (please shop at Prince Books and The Book Exchange), but when you buy anything else from Amazon (from computers and TVs to games and clothes), now you can earmark .5% of your purchase as a donation to The Muse Writers Center. It's easy!

When you shop at Amazon Smile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as at Amazon. To shop at AmazonSmile and support The Muse, simply go to smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2532348 from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to AmazonSmile to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. Tens of millions of products on AmazonSmile are eligible for donations. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product detail pages.

You use the same account on Amazon and AmazonSmile. Your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry, and other account settings are also the same.

Thank you for your support of The Muse Writers Center!

 

Financial statements are available upon written request from the Office of Charitable
and Regulatory Programs of the Commonwealth of Virginia.