Double Your Impact: Board of Directors will match all donations this month up to $100,000

Rare Book School is excited to announce an extraordinary $100,000 matching-gift challenge as we seek to meet our Annual Fund goal following an exacting summer with no income from course tuition. Thanks to the vision and generosity of our Board of Directors, gifts of any size made through 30 September will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $100,000. This year’s fiscal-year-end challenge is the largest in our history, underscoring the critical role philanthropy has in sustaining Rare Book School as a vital force for good.

Confronted with the cancellation of in-person courses—affecting 38 courses and 467 students—Rare Book School launched RBS Online to provide opportunities for the community safely to gather, interact, and learn through free online programming. We are especially grateful to our faculty who dedicated themselves to transforming many of our in-person courses into insightful digital offerings. We were pleased to see so many of our alumni and friends, along with a wider audience, join us throughout the summer. New online offerings will be available throughout the fall, and we invite you to register for these programs here.

Now, as we navigate the uncertainties ahead, the help of our donors, both new supporters and loyal benefactors, is more important than ever before. Please help us secure this crucial funding by making your gift today, and by sharing this chance to make a doubled donation with friends and colleagues who value the educational opportunities that RBS provides. All gifts, large or small, made before 30 September are eligible to be matched, including gifts by mail, online, and over the phone.

If you have questions, please contact Adam Miller, Director of Development, at (434) 243-1010 or