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
Old Sturbridge Village is more than a museum. We are the single best place to celebrate the spirit of American history. Your gift helps us share our important story, not just now, but for years to come.
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 provides complimentary daytime admission to military members and their families year-round.
This year, we are proud to extend the Field of Flags to honor our active duty Military, veterans, and the essential workers on whom our country has relied during the COVID-19 crisis.
With your help, we will build two fields of flags: one on Route 20 across from Old Sturbridge Village’s entrance and another at Coggeshall Farm Museum.
Click here to plant a flag at Old Sturbridge Village
Click here to plant a flag a Coggeshall Farm Museum
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
- Use our online tool to walk you through the process in less than 5 minutes; or
- Access our transfer information and work directly with your broker to transfer your stocks.
If you have further questions, please contact the Development office at email@example.com or 508-347-0207.
Old Sturbridge Village participates in the Amazon Smile program! If you shop on Amazon, please select Old Sturbridge Village as your chosen nonprofit on Amazon Smile and .5% of your eligible purchases will be donated from the Amazon Smile Foundation to Old Sturbridge Village!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
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 or check here to see if your employer has a matching gift program and get instructions for submitting your matching gift request.
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@example.com or 508-347-0207.
Corporate & Business Partner Program
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.