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Donate to the Historic New England Fund to help save and share New England’s past to engage and inform future generations.

By making a contribution to the nation’s oldest and largest regional heritage organization, you are helping us save and share historic homes, open space, collections, and stories from the past to today.

Historic New England was founded in 1910 by William Sumner Appleton to safeguard the treasures that embody the region’s cultural heritage. Today, Historic New England maintains an unparalleled network of historic properties in the region as well as object collections and archives. Our holdings require ongoing preservation, conservation, and interpretation.

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More Ways to Give

Join Appleton Circle

Join Historic New England’s Appleton Circle and connect with friends of all ages who share a commitment to preserving the region’s rich cultural heritage. Appleton Circle members enjoy exclusive programs, including behind-the-scenes tours of collections and fascinating lectures, receptions, and tours with curatorial staff. Members also receive invitations throughout the year to connoisseurs’ trips and special ticketed events.

Keep reading to find out how you can be a part of this passionate group of supporters who share a love of New England art, architecture, and antiques. Membership levels and benefits are as follows:

Join at the Member Level: $2,500 to $4,999

  • Exclusive Appleton Circle programs throughout the year that include behind-the-scenes experiences, fascinating lectures, access to private homes, and tours with curatorial staff
  • Travel opportunities with Appleton Circle members on connoisseurs’ trips
  • Invitations to pop-up tours for old-house owners and enthusiasts, and personalized support and answers to your old-house questions

Join at the Associates Level: $5,000 to $9,999

All of the benefits detailed above and

  • Two complimentary Household memberships to give to family or friends
  • Private tour for a party of four at any of our historic sites during their open season or at our collections facility
  • 20% discount on a rental of one of our Historic New England’s functions properties

Join at the Fellows Level: $10,000 to $24,999

All of the benefits detailed above and

  • Advance registration for travel opportunities with Appleton Circle members on connoisseurs’ trips, featuring behind-the-scenes tours, curator talks, private receptions and dinners, and special access to private homes and collections
  • A private behind-the-scenes opportunity to explore a preservation or conservation project with our experts

Join at the President’s Level: $25,000 to $49,999

All of the benefits detailed above and

  • A chance to meet with the President and Historic New England content expert of your choice to gain an insider’s view on your favorite Historic New England projects
  • Guaranteed admission to all Appleton Circle programs and events, including sold out programs.

Join at the Chairman’s Level: $50,000 and above

All of the benefits detailed above and

  • An exclusive evening of lively discussion for you and four guests with the President and Historic New England content expert of your choice

Experience Feast for the Farms this year from the comfort of your own home. We will be serving up three “courses” this year–emails that highlight the vibrancy of the farms and offer farm fresh recipes for you to enjoy. During this challenging year, your support is more important than ever and is essential to the continued success of our Farms. Click here to learn more.

Read about last year’s Feast for the Farms, a farm-to-table dinner with a view of Naragansett Bay, Rhode Island oysters, summertime cocktails, games, and live music.

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Join the Otis Society for Planned Giving Donors

The Otis Society is named for Harrison Gray Otis, the prominent lawyer and politician whose 1796 home is a Historic New England museum and home of the Library and Archives. It honors individuals who include Historic New England in their estate plans. Otis Society benefits include invitations to a variety of events throughout the year and recognition in the Annual Report. If you have already made a provision for Historic New England in your will or estate plan, please let us know so that you will receive Otis Society benefits. Planned gifts are gifts in which the donor transfers assets to Historic New England or another legal entity (such as a trust) immediately, but the use of the gift by the organization is deferred to a later date. Gift options include:

Bequests: Historic New England encourages its supporters and friends to provide for the future of the organization by including Historic New England in their philanthropic estate plans. A donor may name Historic New England as a beneficiary of his or her will or revocable trust, IRA, retirement plan assets, or life insurance policy. Bequests may be made in the form of cash, securities, specific property, or by naming Historic New England to receive a specific percentage of the estate or the residue of the estate after the payment of all taxes, other bequests, and expenses.

Charitable Gift Annuities: A charitable gift annuity is an agreement between Historic New England and the donor in which the donor transfers cash, securities, or other assets to the organization and, in return, the organization agrees to pay the donor a fixed amount per year for the life of the beneficiary/ies. Upon the death of the income beneficiary/ies, the remaining balance is distributed to Historic New England. The minimum dollar amount which may be donated to create a charitable gift annuity is $10,000.

Deferred Gift Annuities: A deferred gift annuity is similar to a charitable gift annuity except that the donor defers commencement of the fixed income payment to a predetermined point in the future. The minimum dollar amount which may be donated to create a deferred gift annuity is $10,000.

Charitable Remainder Trusts: Charitable remainder trusts are planned giving vehicles that provide income to beneficiaries for life or for a term of years. They are personalized in that the donor and the organization agree upon the payout rate and term. Upon the death of the income beneficiary/ies or completion of the term of years, the remainder is distributed to Historic New England. Historic New England may agree to act as trustee for charitable remainder trusts.

Charitable Lead Trusts: A charitable lead trust is a planned giving instrument wherein the donor pays the “lead” interest to Historic New England and, after a number of years based on a term or a lifetime, the remainder is returned either to the grantor or to someone other than the grantor, such as the grantor’s heirs or other beneficiaries. Historic New England may agree to act as a trustee for a charitable lead trust where the organization is the irrevocable charitable beneficiary.

Real Estate: Historic New England accepts gifts of real estate, both improved and unimproved, including gifts subject to a retained life estate, only after a thorough review of the criteria for acceptance. The donor must submit a letter of intent regarding the gift of real estate before Historic New England will conduct its own due diligence and market analysis. The existence of any and all mortgages, prearranged sales agreements, deeds of trust, restrictions, reservations, easements, mechanic liens, and other encumbrances and limitations of record must be disclosed. No gift of real estate will be accepted unless and until all encumbrances have been discharged, except in very unusual cases. Should a retained life estate gift be accepted, the donor will continue to be responsible for taxes, insurance, and maintenance on the property. If the donor wishes to sell the property prior to death, the donor and Historic New England will jointly negotiate the terms of the sale. The split of sale proceeds will be divided between the donor and Historic New England.

Life Insurance: Historic New England accepts gifts of life insurance policies if the organization is made owner and irrevocable beneficiary of 100% of the policy. Individuals considering a planned gift are unique in their giving goals, financial means, and outstanding obligations. Please consult your estate planning attorney or financial advisor to determine which of these options is right for you. To learn more or make a planned gift, please email [email protected] or call 617-994-5951.

Inspire the next generation of lifelong learners, historians, and preservationists.

In honor of former President and CEO Carl R. Nold, who retired in May 2020, Historic New England formed the Carl R. Nold Fund for Museum Education, a permanent endowment fund. School and youth programs serve Historic New England’s most diverse audience, but these programs are underfunded.

Many students can participate only because Historic New England subsidizes transportation and program fees. Help ensure that our commitment to school and youth programming continues in perpetuity. Learn More

My Favorite Things

A Benefit Event for Historic New England in support of the Library & Archives and Collections

Honoring Ron Bourgeault for his lifetime of contributions to Historic New England and the world of American decorative arts

Saturday, January 11, 2020, 6:00 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Boston

Silver Treasures, Copper Kettles, Toasts & Roasts,and Brown Paper Packages Tied Up with Strings

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Keep reading to learn more about some of our previous fundraising events:

A festive fundraiser and a twist on a country fair

Sunday, October 28, 2018, at Lyman Estate in Waltham, Massachusetts

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An evening to benefit Historic New England and celebrate the unveiling of the Eustis Estate

Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts

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Government, foundation, and corporate support has never been more critical. Philanthropic grants provide essential funding for Historic New England’s broad-reaching education programs, exhibitions, preservation services, and the sharing of our expertise and resources with other heritage organizations. Corporate grants and in-kind gifts are essential to our continued success and recognized throughout the institution. Corporate donor benefits include:

  • Listing on HistoricNewEngland.org with your company logo and link
  • Advertisement in Historic New England magazine
  • Listing in the Annual Report
  • Complimentary museum passes for your employees or clients
  • Private guided tour of a Historic New England property
  • Memberships to Historic New England

We are happy to discuss customized benefits to meet your individual needs. Please email [email protected] or call 617-994-5951.

Support has been provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund, a program of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, administered through a collaborative arrangement between MassDevelopment and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Clemence-Irons House guide Carolyn NelsonMake a Gift in the Name of Someone Special

Celebrate cherished friends and family by making a gift in their honor or memory. Contact the development office at 617-994-5951, Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or send a check to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, MA 01832. Please provide contact information (mailing address and phone number or email address) and the mailing address of the honoree or the next of kin of the memorialized, if known. With the donation, please note the name of the honoree or the memorialized as it should appear in the Annual Report and the designation (if any) of the gift. Checks should be made out to Historic New England.