SUPPORT US

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…

ANNUAL FUND

MONTHLY SUSTAINERS

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 our Development Coordinator whenever you want to change or stop your recurring gift.

ONE-TIME GIFTS

Our annual fund accounts for over one-third of our annual budget. We count on your donations to maintain and improve our services to the community. Please do send a one-time monetary donation online!

STOCKS & SECURITIES

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 our Development Coordinator, directly.

CORPORATE MATCHING GIFTS

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

PLANNED GIVING

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 our 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*
Jean Blanchet*
Mrs. Helen Brewster*
Peter Megaree Brown*
Donald Charbonnier
Jane Charbonnier
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore N. Danforth, Jr.
Inger McCabe Elliott
Elizabeth & Charles Harding
Priscilla F. Hodges*
Jean M. Jones*
Cynthia Crawford Lichtenstein
Maria McVitty*
Mr. & Mrs. Frederic C. Paffard, Jr*
Joyce & Francis P. Pandolfi
Santo Puglisi*
Carol & Edward Sauers
Owen Sherry*
Heidi & Robert Simmons
Anne T. Stevens*
Judith & Andrew Westwood

*deceased


TRIBUTE GIFTS

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.

MYSTERY DINNER

Now in its 11th successful year, the Mystery Dinner has been the Library’s signature annual fundraiser and remains a cherished tradition in Stonington. It’s the perfect way to kick off the spring season – introducing residents to new friends and neighbors, creating a wonderful sense of community and raising a significant portion of the much-needed annual funding for the Library.

In 2009, SFL trustees Ruth Saunders and Joyce Pandolfi conceived the Mystery Dinner concept in an effort to augment funds for library operations. Their idea was to gather guests in the early evening at the Library, decorated by literary 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, A Passage to India and Walden Pond.

MYSTERY DINNER 2019

Shakespeare and Company

The 2019 Mystery Dinner was held on Saturday, April 27th. Cocktails at the Library with dinner to follow at a Mystery Home. The 2019 theme was Shakespeare and Company Bookstore in Paris. Check back March 2020 for our next amazing Mystery Dinner.

GIVING TUESDAY

GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Join us on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 to kick off this day of Global Giving to support the Stonington Free Library.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

DONATE HERE

We are grateful for our giving community that believes in and chooses to support the vital work of the Library. Your individual support of the Library’s Annual Appeal on GivingTuesday and throughout the year is what allows us to warmly welcome and serve everyone who walks through our doors.

The energy and support from our community’s small business collaborative, sponsors and residents will help sustain the Library’s ongoing commitment to “enrich lives and build community by bringing information, ideas and people together.”

Visit us so we can say an extra Thank You in person!

If you haven’t already made a gift to the Stonington Free Library, don’t worry, you can give online at anytime.

Small Business Collaborative

On Giving Tuesday join our community in supporting Stonington Free Library by joining the Small Business Collaborative.

Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, small businesses and organizations to encourage philanthropy.  This December 3rd, join the Small Business Collaborative and kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back by supporting the Stonington Free Library. Last year 24 small businesses worked together to raise over $4,500 for the library – AMAZING!

Each small business that joins will be featured in the library’s SMALL BUSINESS COLLABORATIVE MARKETING BLOWOUT! During all of November and December, the small business collaborative will be featured on:

  • SFL website, with an average of over 3,000 views per month
  • SFL weekly emails to its over 3,350 members
  • SFL Facebook page with stories of each business within the collaborative , reaching over 3,000 people each month
  • New for 2019 Instagram and Twitter feeds!!
  • In-Store posters and SFL window clings to promote your participation
  • Press releases in local newspapers

Join today! It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3…
1. Sign up HERE
2. Promote and be promoted – SFL will deliver your promotion kit for 11/27.
3. Continue to be promoted through December as the SFL says thank you for your help!! Please feel free to contact our Development Coordinator, Stephanie Calhoun with any questions at 860-535-0658 or development@stoningtonfreelibrary.org

Library Giving Day

Today’s libraries strengthen communities and transform lives every day. Beyond well-loved books, many libraries offer innovative programs that promote lifelong learning, connect patrons to technology, and advance knowledge. Join Stonington Free Library during Library Giving Day! Check back for #LibraryGivingDay 2020.

Host an Online Fundraiser

Host an online fundraiser to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, graduation, or another great occasion. Learn more here.

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