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 our 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 our Development Coordinator, directly.
At the end of 2015, the IRA charitable rollover was signed into permanent law. This is a huge opportunity for generous people like you to make a permanent investment in the charitable causes you love.
How does the IRA charitable rollover work?
If you or a family member are age 70 ½ or older, contributions made from your IRA to The Stonington Free Library (up to $100,000 per year) are not reported as taxable income. A contribution made from your IRA also qualifies as your required minimum distribution (RMD) which can lower your income and taxes. In years past, donors had to wait each year to find out if the IRS would permit these types of distributions. Now that this legislation is permanent, it means you can plan to use your RMD now.
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 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* Robert Baum*
Mrs. Helen Brewster*
Peter Megargee Brown*
Mr. & Mrs. Theodore N. Danforth, Jr.
Inger McCabe Elliott
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.
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. Our 2020 Mystery Dinner was cancelled due to COVID-19. Check back March 2021 for our next amazing Mystery Dinner.
GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.
Thank you to all that donated on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, to support the Stonington Free Library with our small business collaborative we raised over $15,000!
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.
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.
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. For 2019, twenty local businesses, and organizations joined together to form the Small Business Collaborative and kicked-off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back by supporting the Stonington Free Library. Together, with our donors, over $15,000 was raised for the library! Thank you all! If you are interested in joining the effort this year please click here.
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! #LibraryGivingDay 2020.
Host an online fundraiser to celebrate your birthday, anniversary, graduation, or another great occasion. Learn more here.
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