Support Encyclopedia Virginia

Make twice the impact! Now is your chance to give big and double your gift. 
A generous friend of EV is matching every dollar—up to $5,000—to support free public access to Virginia history and culture. So far, we’ve had 23 people make gifts ranging from $10 to $300. Will you join them? How do you want to support Encyclopedia Virginia?


We believe that everyone deserves access to nuanced Virginia history. That’s why we launched EV fifteen years ago: to create a trustworthy resource for the public. We collaborate with subject-matter experts to share stories about Virginia’s history and culture. We fact-check every word. And it’s all available, for free, to anyone with an Internet connection.

That makes EV an outlier. We don’t rely on advertisements, paywalls, or endless pop-up campaigns to fund our site. What keeps EV free is your continued support. 

You are the reason we can:

In the coming year, we’ll explore new ways to help people connect the past to the present, like EV managing editor Patti Miller does in her free Entry Point webinars. We’ll continue to collaborate with Virginia’s tribal communities to bring their voices and perspectives to EV. And we are developing content to support a more inclusive narrative of the American Revolution in Virginia in anticipation of the 250th anniversary of 1776.

Thank you for caring about this work. We invite you to continue your support of Encyclopedia Virginia. The best ways to join us in ensuring free, public access to Virginia history and culture are to subscribe to our monthly e-newsletter, follow us on social media (we’re on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), or—if you are able—give now to show your support.