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1. What is a Stratford Festival membership?

Membership is a way of enjoying a special relationship with the Festival. In return for an annual donation, you receive certain benefits. For details, see our General Membership page.

2. What kind of benefits come with membership?

They vary depending on your donation level, but Members at all levels enjoy early booking privileges. Other benefits may include advance opportunities to purchase discounted tickets, invitations to special events or personalized service. For details, see our General Membership page.

3. How much do I have to donate to become a Member?

For a minimum donation of $75, you can become a Member at the Friend level for one year. For details, see our General Membership page.

4. Is the Stratford Festival a registered charity in Canada and the United States?

Yes. Our Canadian charitable registration number is R# 11920 0103 RR0002. In the U.S., you can donate to us through the Stratford Shakespeare Festival of America (EIN# 38-2420887), a public charity as outlined in section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. For details, see our Tax Information page.

5. Do I get a tax receipt/acknowledgement for my membership donation?

Yes. For details, see our Tax Information page. 

6. When will I receive my tax receipt/acknowledgement?

  • If you made your donation online and paid it in full, your electronic receipt/acknowledgement should arrive within the hour.
  • If you’ve donated in full by other means, your receipt/acknowledgement should arrive within two weeks.
  • If you make your donation in instalments throughout the year, we’ll mail your receipt/acknowledgement before February 28 the following year. It will include all donation instalments made in that tax year.

7. What are “tangible benefits” and why are they deducted from my tax receipt?

From a tax perspective, some of the benefits we offer you are deemed to have monetary value. To comply with Canada Revenue Agency and Internal Revenue Agency regulations, we must deduct those values from your receipt/acknowledgement. For a full list of deduction values at each level and what benefits are deemed tangible, see our Tax Information page. 

8. What if I want to make a donation but don’t want to be a Member?

No problem! All donations are welcome and deeply appreciated. You might choose to support our Special Appeal or simply make a one-time donation of any value. In either case, you’ll get a tax receipt/acknowledgement.

9. Can I make a donation in honour or in memory of someone?

Absolutely. Please call our Box Office at 1.800.567.1600, and one of our customer service staff will be happy to help process your tribute donation.

Haven’t found the answers to your questions? Please contact us for further assistance. 

10. Can I send my donation/membership renewal amount via a cheque?

Absolutely. Please send all cheques to: 

Stratford Festival
55 Queen Street, PO Box 520
Stratford, ON
N5A 6V2