Make a donation to Historic New England

Discover how you can help save and share New England’s past for present and future generations.

Make a contribution to the work we do as the nation’s oldest and largest regional heritage organization. We 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. Committed to safeguarding the treasures—small and large—that embody the region’s cultural heritage, Appleton made his commitment a reality. As a result, Historic New England now 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. Show your support by selecting one of the designated funds below. Contributions of any amount are welcome.

Support Your Passion

Help Raise the Roof

With 284,228 square feet of roofs on 160 buildings, maintenance is never ending. We must raise $262,400 for roof repairs at ten historic sites in three states. Donate Now

  • Help Raise the Roof

    With 284,228 square feet of roofs on 160 buildings, maintenance is never ending. We must raise $262,400 for roof repairs at ten historic sites in three states. Donate Now

  • Help Preserve One of Maine's Most Picturesque Gardens

    The stone-walled cottage garden at Hamilton House in South Berwick is a jewel of the Seacoast Region. We are raising $18,000 to preserve this special place. Donate Now

  • Help Share Cape Cod Houses With the World

    Architect Royal Barry Wills was known for his mastery of the Cape Cod house. We acquired his firm's archive in 2013, and are now digitizing 11,000 items to be searchable online in 2019. We must raise $70,000 to complete this work. Donate Now

  • Help Keep the Bugs at Bay

    Pest infestation is one of the greatest threats to museum collections. Historic New England is a nationally recognized leader in Integrated Pest Management. We are raising $41,000 to keep the bugs at bay. Donate Now

  • Celebrate the Bauhaus Centennial

    We must raise $100,000 for a beautification and preservation project at Gropius House in Lincoln, Mass. Help make our most internationally celebrated museum look its best for the Bauhaus 100 celebration in 2019. Donate Now

  • Protect Hundreds of Acres One Tree at a Time

    Our preventive approach to tree maintenance helps mitigate damage from wind, rain, and snowstorms. We know this firsthand from this past winter's relentless weather. This year we're raising $114,000 for tree care across our 1,292 acres of land. Donate Now

  • Help Rebuild Stone Walls and Repair Barns

    Casey Farm in Saunderstown, R.I, is our most visited property, with activities ranging from a Community Supported Agriculture program to summer camps. We are raising $80,000 to preserve three well-used barns and repair sections of the more than ten miles of dry-laid stone walls. Donate Now

  • Keep the Presses Running

    Everything for the Garden, the next edition in our popular Historic New England book series, will be beautifully illustrated by garden design-related photographs and ephemera from our Library and Archives. We are raising $24,500 to send the book to press. Donate Now

More Ways to Give

mcc_star_horizontal_logoGovernment, Foundation, and Corporate Support

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.

See a list of organizations who supported our school and youth programs this year.

Corporate grants and in-kind gifts are essential to our continued success and recognized throughout the institution. Corporate donor benefits include:

  • Listing on 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.

Historic New England’s school and youth programs are funded in part by:

  • The Barnes Foundation
  • Cambridge Trust Company
  • Christensen-Dunn Early Foundations Fund
  • Institution for Savings
  • The Lowell Institute
    Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment of the Arts
  • Prince Charitable Trusts
  • The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities

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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.

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 sending a check to Historic New England, 151 Essex Street, Haverhill, Mass. 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.

Discover how you can help preserve New England's architectural and cultural heritage for future generations.

Make a gift online or call 617-994-5951