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As a nonprofit organization, Old Sturbridge Village depends on donors like you to keep history alive for thousands of visitors each year. There are many ways in which you can give to the Village, and many employers will even match your generous gift.

Your cash gift can support the Village in the following ways:

Where Needed Most - Annual Fund

Your gift to the Annual Fund is critical to the continued operation and success of Old Sturbridge Village – and it makes a difference. Visitation to the Village in February and March is up over last year, and school field trips have returned to their pre-pandemic numbers. Every gift and every membership makes a difference for all of us. Together, we can ensure that our early New England history comes alive for visitors to the museum today and in the future.  Preserving the stories of our past has never been more important than it is today.

Make a one-time gift today

Make a monthly recurring gift

Field of Flags

As a Blue Star Museum, Old Sturbridge Village offers free admission to active duty military, National Guard, Reserve military, disabled veterans, and career-retired military members and their families. We are able to provide this because of the support of our generous donors. Every $25 that you donate helps provides complimentary daytime admission to military members and their families year-round.

Click here to plant a flag at Old Sturbridge Village 

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Field of Flags

Restricted Gifts

Restricted gifts support specific programs, projects, and initiatives at Old Sturbridge Village. In the past, these gifts have restored and constructed buildings, funded internships and fellowships, supported the acquisition of new pieces in our collection, and expanded resources in our gardens. If you are interested in supporting a specific area at the Village with a restricted gift, please contact the Development office at [email protected] or 508-347-0207.

Other Ways to Support Us

From gifts of stock and qualified charitable distributions to matching gifts and bequests, there are so many ways to support Old Sturbridge Village.

For more information about any of the various ways you can support Old Sturbridge Village, please contact the Development Department at 508-347-0207 or by email.

Appreciated Securities, Mutual Funds and 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.

If you would like to transfer your appreciated assets you can:

If you have further questions, please contact the Development office at [email protected] or 508-347-0207.

Bequest Gifts

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. Learn more about leaving a legacy with Old Sturbridge Village through a bequest gift here.

Donor Advised Funds

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 questions, please contact the Development office at [email protected] or 508-347-0207.

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.

Please contact your bank, financial institution, or financial advisor for more information.

IRAs and Other Retirement Funds

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs)

Donors 70.5 and older are eligible to make a tax-free donation from their IRAs directly to the Old Sturbridge Village. Whether or not you itemize deductions on your tax return, these gifts are the most beneficial way for eligible donors to give. Use this online tool to give from your IRA today.

Life Insurance

You may select Old Sturbridge Village 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.

Please contact your financial advisor or life insurance broker for more information.


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.

For information regarding gifts of objects, antiques, or other items to the Museum Collection and Library click here.

For information regarding gifts of real estate, please contact the Development office at [email protected] or 508-347-0207.

Business Partnerships and Travel and Tourism Partnerships

Old Sturbridge Village’s Corporate & Business Partner Program provides a variety of opportunities for regional and local businesses to support the Village while also receiving important benefits such as brand and marketing exposure and complimentary tickets and memberships to the museum. Check out the list of our current businesses and learn how your business can partner with Old Sturbridge Village here.

For questions about making a gift to Old Sturbridge Village, please contact our Development Office at 508-347-0207 or [email protected]

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