Statue of Liberty
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Preserving Our Monuments

Membership Opportunities

BECOME A MEMBER and join a special team of supporters devoted to honoring these enduring symbols of the American spirit.

When you give to the Foundation, you help bring history to life. Your support allows us to continue restoring and preserving the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island; provide free access to millions of passenger arrival records; develop educational opportunities for millions of families, communities, and students; and much more.

Thank you.

$50.00 Annual Gift

LIBERTY LEVEL

The Liberty Membership is the most popular giving level. For an annual gift of just $50, Liberty Members receive:

  • The ability to save multiple documents to your membership account (5 Passenger searches & 25 Passenger Records; 5 Ship searches, 25 Ship Records & 25 Ship Manifests)
  • The ability to annotate Passenger Records within the Ellis Island Database
  • One free Family History upload to your membership profile
  • One free photo upload to the American Flag of Faces, which is on exhibit at the Ellis Island National Immigration Museum and available to search via the Foundation’s website (a $50 value)
  • 10% discounts in the Foundation’s online Shop, at the American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island, and select concessionaires on Liberty and Ellis Islands

 

BECOME A LIBERTY MEMBER

$25.00 Annual Gift

FRIEND LEVEL

The Friend Membership level is an introductory way to support the Foundation and the monuments. With your annual gift of $25 you’ll receive:

  • The ability to save documents to your membership account (3 Passenger searches & 15 Passenger Records; 3 Ship searches, 15 Ship Records & 15 Ship Manifests)
  • 10% discounts at select concessionaires on Liberty and Ellis Islands

 

BECOME A FRIEND MEMBER

$75.00 Annual Gift

VOYAGE LEVEL

An elevated support level, for an annual gift of $75, the Voyage Membership includes all the benefits of a Liberty Membership, plus:

  • One free 30-minute Dedicated Passenger Search session ($50 value) and a free digital copy of any resulting ship manifest ($30 value)

 

BECOME A VOYAGE MEMBER

$175.00 Annual Gift (limited-time introductory contribution)

FREEDOM LEVEL - NEW!

Freedom Membership is an exceptionally generous way to show your support for Lady Liberty and Ellis Island. You can become a Freedom Member with a gift of just $175. This is a limited-time reduced giving level. Freedom Membership is normally $200!

As a Freedom Member you will receive all of the benefits of the Voyage Membership level plus:

  • A complimentary single name inscription on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island
  • The ability to save many more documents to your membership account (20 Passenger searches & 75 Passenger Records; 20 Ship searches, 75 Ship Records & 75 Ship Manifests)

 

BECOME A FREEDOM MEMBER

$1,000 Annual Gift

EMMA LAZARUS SOCIETY

The Emma Lazarus Society is an exclusive group of Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation leadership supporters. You can be a part of the Emma Lazarus Society with an annual gift of $1,000 or more.

At the $1,000 level you will receive:

  • One personalized certificate of recognition honoring you as a member of the Emma Lazarus Society, delivered in an embossed document holder
  • VIP invitations to special events on Liberty and Ellis Islands
  • Concierge service when planning visits to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty
  • One complimentary special name inscription at the ‘Ellis Island Leader’ level on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor when you join
  • One-hour family research session (available in-person at Ellis Island or by phone/video chat) with a researcher from the Foundation’s American Family Immigration History Center
  • Special recognition in our American Family Immigration History Center on Ellis Island
  • Ability to save many more documents to your membership account (20 Passenger searches & 75 Passenger Records; 20 Ship searches, 75 Ship Records & 75 Ship Manifests)
  • Ability to annotate Passenger Records within the Ellis Island Database

At the $2,500 level, you will receive all benefits included at the $1,000 level plus a commemorative Emma Lazarus Society lapel pin when you join at this level.

At the $5,000 level, you will receive all benefits included at the $2,500 level plus a complimentary ‘Benefactor’ level inscription on The American Immigrant Wall of Honor at Ellis Island when you join at this level.

 

JOIN THE EMMA LAZARUS SOCIETY

Membership Guidelines
  • The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation’s annual membership cycle is January 1 through December 31.
  • Early renewals (by September 15) are invited to participate in the annual “Member Card Design” poll to choose the next year’s featured image.
  • 10% discounts do not apply to The American Immigrant Wall of Honor, Flag of Faces, or donations.
  • Membership does not include receipt of commemorative medallions. These are either available in our Shop or as a thank you gift when donating to specific campaigns.

About The Foundation

In 1982, President Ronald Reagan asked Lee Iacocca, then Chairman of the Chrysler Corporation, to head a private sector effort to raise funds for and manage the restoration and preservation of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island for their respective centennials. The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation was founded. Through its generous contributors, the Foundation has raised hundreds of millions of dollars - all from private donations.