Annual Support and Membership | Newberry

Annual Support and Membership

Your gift to the Annual Fund supports the Newberry’s efforts to care for a world-renowned collection and make these items accessible—free of charge—to thousands of people each year. Photo by Jaclyn Simpson.

Annual Fund donors enjoy invitations to exclusive events. Photo by Jaclyn Simpson.

Your gift to the Annual Fund supports the Newberry’s efforts to care for a world-renowned collection and make it accessible—free of charge—to thousands of genealogists, artists, scholars, educators, students, and people like you from Chicago and around the globe. The Newberry’s staff, patrons, and friends appreciate your help in making what we do possible.

Donors to the Annual Fund receive membership benefits based on their level of support. We are pleased to recognize donors at the following levels:

Newberry Associates

Make a minimum gift of $50 to join the Associates and receive specials benefits such as a Newberry coffee mug, subscription to The Newberry Magazine, and more. Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Newberry Associate.

President’s Fellows

With a leadership gift of $1,500 or more, you will be recognized as a member of the President’s Fellows and receive benefits that include invitations to exclusive events and opportunities to invite friends for special behind-the-scenes experiences. Explore the benefits of joining the Newberry’s leadership giving society.

Next Chapter

Donors between the ages of 21 and 45 are invited to support the Newberry through membership in Next Chapter, helping us grow a new generation of donors and supporting our efforts to share the forgotten or marginalized voices of history. Learn more about Next Chapter today.

If you have questions about the Annual Fund or our various membership levels, please contact Vince Firpo, Director of Individual Giving, at (312) 255-3599 or

We are seeking to raise $350,000 before our fiscal year ends on June 30. Meeting this fundraising goal will be critical as we safely reopen the Newberry while also exploring creative ways to serve users in virtual spaces. Your contribution will ensure that the Newberry meets the needs of all who wish to connect to our collection and programs, whether on a computer screen or in our building on Walton Street.