The Center for Education and Leadership will remain closed through March 6. The museum, theatre and Petersen House remain open. The phone system for Ford's Theatre Society is currently down due to a maintenance issue.

Take the 1865 Anniversary Challenge!

Abraham Lincoln thought education was “the most important subject which we as a people can be engaged in.” Ford’s Theatre honors Lincoln’s legacy by educating the next generation of leaders.

Paige Telesford on what Education Programs at Ford’s Theatre have Meant to Her

Each year, hundreds of local students develop valuable reading comprehension, historical thinking and public-speaking skills—thanks to working with a Teaching Artist provided by Ford’s Theatre. We’ve also expanded beyond the Washington, D.C., area to help teachers across the country bring history-based speech lessons to their classrooms.

As we approach the 150th anniversary of Lincoln’s death on April 15, 1865, you can ensure that his legacy lives on within these promising students.

The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation has offered us the 1865 Anniversary Challenge. They will match all new and increased gifts dollar for dollar.

Expert instruction for each student involved in our speech programs costs about $57 per year. Can you donate $28.50—doubled to $57—to fund one child? Or $57—doubled to $114—allowing two students to participate?

Now it’s YOUR turn. Please make a contribution to Ford’s Theatre Society today and double your impact!


For more information, please call us at (202) 434-9545 or email us.

Pay By Mail
If you prefer to donate by mail, please send the response form and payment to Attn: Development, Ford's Theatre Society, 514 Tenth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20004. Click here to download a membership form.

Matching Gifts
Double or even triple your impact! Many companies match donations for current employees and their spouses, retired employees and directors. Click here for more information.

Honorary Gifts
Celebrate someone special and their enthusiasm for American history by making an honorary gift in their name. Donations can also be a meaningful way to remember someone who appreciated Lincoln during his or her life. Click here for more information.

Recurring Gifts
Can you commit to making a donation each month, quarter or year? Even small recurring donations can add up to big support! On the online donation form, choose the amount of each installment and the frequency of your gift, or call us at (202) 434-9545 for assistance. Click here to donate now.

Tax Deductibility
Ford’s Theatre Society is a 501(c)(3) organization (EIN #52-6073157). No goods or services will be provided in exchange for your donation to the annual fund; therefore, it is tax deductible in accordance with federal law.

Photo of Paige Telesford by Gary Erskine.