For over a century, the Stonington Free Library has been committed to offering our programs and services for free to the community and to stewarding the beautiful building we call home. But we need your help! As a privately funded 501(c)3 library, we rely on private donations, or Annual Fund gifts, for over 40% of our annual budget. Your financial support is critical to our survival and success! Find out how to support the library below…
Join the Library Sustainer program and set up a secure, easily updated, recurring schedule of giving to the Annual Fund at a level that is comfortable for you!
Your monthly donation allows us to fund programs and services directly by providing an automatic and consistent source of revenue.
HOW IT WORKS
- Choose the quantity and frequency - annually, quarterly, semi-annually, or monthly, whichever you prefer!
- Your credit/debit card will be charged each giving cycle on the same day as your first gift
- Your monthly credit/debit card statements will serve as your receipts
- We will send you a statement each January detailing your total donations from the previous calendar year
- You can call 860-535-0658 or email Rebekah Kepple, Development Coordinator whenever you want to change or stop your recurring gift.
A transfer of stocks or securities can benefit both you and the Library! If you are interested in making a donation in the form of stocks or securities, find stock transfer instructions below or contact Rebekah Kepple, Development Coordinator, directly.
Matching gifts from your employer are a great way to increase the impact of your gift!
If your employer offers matching funds, please do contact them about the process when making a gift to the Library. Contact us by email, phone, or in-person so that we can help to facilitate the process.
MORE WAYS TO GIVE
The Babcock-Phelps Society, named for the Library’s two earliest benefactors, recognizes individuals who have chosen to remember the Library in their estate planning documents.
Bequests to the Library are invested in the endowment fund, which both supports the Library in its day-to-day operations and ensures its sustainability.
If you have already made such a provision, please let us know—we would like recognize your generosity. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Babcock-Phelps Society and would like more information, please contact Rebekah Kepple, Development Coordinator by email, by phone at 860-535-0658, or come and see us at the Library.
THE BABCOCK-PHELPS SOCIETY
John Michael Bass*
Mrs. Helen Brewster*
Peter Megaree Brown*
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore N. Danforth, Jr.
Inger McCabe Elliot
Elizabeth & Charles Harding
Priscilla F. Hodges*
Jean M. Jones*
Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein
Mr. & Mrs. Frederic C. Paffard, Jr*
Joyce & Francis P. Pandolfi
Carol & Edward Sauers
Heidi & Robert Simmons
Anne T. Stevens*
Judith & Andrew Westwood
Tribute gifts are a wonderful way to pay tribute to a friend or family member.
Looking for a way to honor a friend or family member? Consider a tribute gift to the Library. Give in memory of someone who cherished the Library during their lifetime, is an enthusiastic library supporter, or for a special occasion. When you make your gift, we will inform the person being honored or the family of the person you are remembering. Look for your tribute gift in our annual report! When you make a tribute gift online, be sure to include the name of your honoree in the comment section.
For almost a decade, the Mystery Dinner has been the Library's signature annual fundraising event and is now a cherished tradition in Stonington. It’s the perfect way to introduce residents to new friends and neighbors, it creates a wonderful sense of community, and raises a portion of the much-needed annual funding for the Library.
In 2009, SFL trustees, Ruth Saunders and Joyce Pandolfi cooked up the Mystery Dinner concept in an effort to fill a hole in the budget. Their idea was to gather guests in the early evening at the Library, decorated by theme, and, over cocktails and conversation, learn who their mystery dinner hosts would be. Upon reaching their mystery house, yet another surprise would be revealed: their group of dining companions. The Mystery Dinner is truly a magical mystery night.
The first ever Mystery Dinner theme was Great American Authors. Each year the planning committee chooses a new theme, always with a literary connection. Past themes include Alice in Wonderland, Hemingway in Spain, and A Passage to India.
MYSTERY DINNER 2017
This year's once again sold out event was Walden themed, A Tribute to Henry David Thoreau. And a thoreauly good time it was—rustic and sophisticated all at once. Guests enjoyed New England-themed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at the Library, followed by dinner at one of 19 host homes. We are deeply grateful for all the time, talent, and treasure donated to the Library by our Mystery Dinner hosts and committee. For more on the event, click here.
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