Individual Giving

When you become a member of our Logophile Society, you provide substantial support to our mission — to inspire and renew a love of words, language, and reading — while also enjoying exclusive benefits and special access to programs and events.

We like to give our Logophile Society members a more personal touch. If you’re interested in joining at these levels, please email us at so we can get to know you!

More ways to give

You can also donate to Planet Word by mail, stock transfer, donor-advised fund, wire transfer, IRA distribution, and more.

To mail donations to Planet Word, please send your gift to:

Planet Word
Museum of Language Arts
925 13th St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

For gifts of $10,000 and more, named gifts, and/or endowment gifts, please contact our development team at [email protected].

Logophile Society

Linguist | $2,500

  • Invitations to members-only previews and events
  • Members-only presale, ability to purchase or reserve up to two tickets per event, for select programs
  • Priority seating at select programs for up to two seats per event (must RSVP)
  • 15% discount at the gift shop, Present Perfect
  • Invitations to special VIP events and meet-the-speaker opportunities
  • Listing in annual report

Poet | $5,000

All of the benefits listed at the Linguist level, plus:

  • Priority seating at select programs for up to four seats per event (must RSVP)
  • Members-only presale, ability to purchase or reserve up to four tickets per event, for select programs
  • Private staff-led tour for up to five guests

Lyricist | $10,000

All of the benefits listed at the Poet level, plus:

  • Members-only presale, ability to purchase or reserve up to six tickets per event, for select programs
  • Priority seating at select programs for up to six seats per event (must RSVP)
  • Lunch with the Founder

Linguaphile | $25,000

All of the benefits listed at the Lyricist level, plus:

  • Name listed on the digital signage in the main lobby at the Franklin School
  • Prominent recognition in selected Museum communications

Bibliophile | $50,000

All of the benefits listed at the Linguaphile level, plus:

  • Complimentary Membership for five years
  • Opportunity to host an event at the Museum
  • Event rental fee discount of 25% for a private event at the Museum

Lexophile | $100,000

All of the benefits listed at the Bibliophile level, plus:

  • All of the benefits listed at the level below, plus:
  • Complimentary Lifetime Membership
  • Invitation for two to Donor Reception and Dinner/Special Event
  • Personalized private tour for ten guests
  • Did you know?

    Perhaps ironically, the word “sesquipedalophobia” means “the fear of long words.”
  • Did you know?

    “Contronyms” are words that contain multiple meanings that are complete opposites of each other. For example, “oversight” means both “the action of overseeing something” and “a failure to notice something.”
  • Did you know?

    There are over 7,000 languages worldwide, but more than half the world’s population speaks only 23 of these languages.
  • Did you know?

    The first entirely artificial language was the Lingua Ignota, a private mystical cant recorded in the 12th century by St. Hildegard of Bingen.
  • Did you know?

    The 10 most-used letters in English are E, A, R, I, O, T, N, S, L, and C.
  • Did you know?

    Eels, llamas, and aardvarks, ooh my! In English, there are only four letters that appear as double letters at the beginning of a word: A, E, L, and O.
  • Did you know?

    A “deipnosophist” is a person who’s really good at making conversation at the dinner table.
  • How do you get a dog to stop eating your books?

    Take the words right out of its mouth!
  • What's the difference between a cat and a comma?

    A cat has claws at the end of its paws, but a comma’s a pause at the end of a clause.
  • The past, the present, and the future walk into a bar...

    It was tense.
  • Is there a word that uses all the vowels including y?

  • Riddle me this

    What did the intransitive verb say when told it was pretty? (Answer: Nothing. Intransitive verbs can’t take complements.)
  • Riddle me this

    What does an island and the letter T have in common? (Answer: They’re both in the middle of water.)
  • Riddle me this

    What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to it? (Answer: Short)
  • Riddle me this

    What starts with an E, ends with an E, and contains just one letter? (Answer: An envelope!)
  • Riddle me this

    What begins with a T, ends with a T, and has T in it? (Answer: A teapot!)
  • Riddle me this

    What’s in centuries, hours, and years, but not minutes, days, or seconds? (Answer: The letter R!)
  • Quote them on it

    “Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” — Groucho Marx
  • Quote them on it

    “The past is always tense, the future perfect.” — Zadie Smith
  • Quote them on it

    “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” — Toni Morrison
  • Quote them on it

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies...The man who never reads lives only once.” — George R.R. Martin
  • Quote them on it

    “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” — Nelson Mandela