Giving Societies

Join a community of partners actively involved in amplifying Emily Dickinson's vibrant poetic voice from the place she called home. Enjoy, with other members of the Museum family, early and behind-the-scenes access to the foundational work of the Museum both in Amherst and in the wider world.


illustration of the Dickinson homestead

The Cupola Society ($2,500 or more)

Individuals and couples who give $2,500 or more to the Museum meet at Amherst for an annual dinner and related programs. Members are enthusiastic advocates of the Museum, lending counsel and support to the enterprise. The society is named for the cupola atop the Homestead from which the Dickinsons had a commanding 360-degree view of their nineteenth century world.

period illustration of flowers on a black background

The Indian Pipe Society ($1,000)

Donors of $1,000 and up gather yearly in Dickinson’s Amherst home to enjoy a special program of appreciation. The group is named for the bloom Emily Dickinson called “the preferred flower of life” when neighbor Mabel Todd painted its picture for her. The image was later imprinted on the covers of the first three Todd-edited volumes of Dickinson’s poems.

illustration of hummingbirds and flowers

The Humming Bird Society ($500)

Those who contribute $500 or more each year to support the Museum’s operating budget are invited to an annual program with a behind-the-scenes peek at the Museum’s current projects. The Society is named for the bird that Dickinson immortalized as “A Route of Evanescence,” in a poem she sent to six different friend.

bee on flower

Pollinator ($250)

Gifts of $250 or more provide substantial funding for our most essential tours and services, ensuring that thousands of visitors each year have a powerful encounter with Emily Dickinson’s home and poetry.

pencil and fascicle

Contributor ($100)

Gifts of $100 or more are the backbone of the Emily Dickinson Museum’s annual fund. These gifts help us keep the two historic Dickinson homes open and nurture new programs.

Emily E and Lavinia N Dickinson box

Friend ($65)

Gifts of $65 or more help keep the two historic Dickinson homes open and nurture new programs.