Giving Opportunities

How you can help Old Sturbridge Village protect the past for the future.

Annual Fund & Special Campaigns

Make a gift of cash securely online and choose where you want your donation to be applied. 
The Federalist Society consists of annual donor at the $1,000 plus level. Appreciation events for Federalists allow donors to partner with others with similar interests and receive exclusive benefits. 

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Matching Gifts

You can often double your gift if you, your spouse or your partner work for a company with a matching gift program. Simply check with your company's HR representative. 

Amazon Smile

When you #startwithasmile, you inspire people to put our past in their future. AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Old Sturbridge Village whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Click here to get started.



Bequest Gifts

Remember Old Sturbridge Village in your will by joining the George Washington Wells Society.

One of the simplest ways to support the preservation of history long after you're gone is to include a provision in your will that a share of your estate will be distributed to Old Sturbridge Village. Review bequest options and sample bequest language or call the Development Office at 508-347-0300 to talk about options. 

Appreciated Securities/Mutual Fund/Closely Held Stock

A gift of appreciated stock is a popular alternative to a cash gift because it avoids capital gains tax on securities held long-term and provides an income tax deduction equal to the fair market value on the date of transfer. Gifts of closely held stock enjoy the same tax benefits as publicly traded stock. Stock Transfer Instructions

Depreciated Securities

You may consider selling depreciated securities, declaring the capital loss, and donating the sale proceeds. The gift of cash is then deductible and the capital loss can help offset capital gains in the current year or be carried over into future years.

Life Insurance

You may select OSV as the beneficiary of all or part of the policy's proceeds. Or, you may donate the policy to OSV now; we will either cash it in or hold it until a later date.

IRAs & Other Retirement Funds

Lessen the impact of income estate and generation-skipping taxes on a family's inheritance by naming Old Sturbridge Village as the beneficiary thereby removing the asset from the donor's taxable estate. Simply contact your plan administrator for a change in beneficiary form. 

Real Estate or Personal Property

A gift of real estate can provide the perfect opportunity to make a substantial gift. Gifts of valuable items like jewelry, antiques, or art can also create significant legacies. 

Financial Service Products

If you have certificates of deposit or other accounts at a bank or other financial institution, you can select OSV as the beneficiary of these accounts through a payable-on-death provision. OSV would receive the remaining balance of the funds. 

Donor Advised Fund

If you have a Donor Advised Fund, or DAF, please consider recommending grants to OSV. Some companies such as Fidelity Charitable allow automatic transfers.


For more information about any of these options contact the Development Department at 508-347-0210 or by e-mail.