In recent years, individual and corporate tax-deductible donations account for over 80% of the Museum’s operating expenses necessary for preservation, community and educational programming. We are grateful to each of you who have made so much possible over the years. Ongoing giving will help fund day-to-day operational costs and support preservation and important programming.
Annual Appeal funds underwrite the Museum’s basic operating costs such as heat, water, electricity, building insurance, maintenance, security and supplies. It is the Museum’s single most important income stream, accounting for 35% of the RJD’s operating income for the year. Our historic structure and grounds are in constant need of attention and these day-to-day operations must be funded before we can open our doors to the public. Donors to the Annual Appeal are the bedrock of our support, helping us to leverage other public and private dollars to our cause. A donation to Annual Appeal solidifies the foundation upon which we build our connection to the community and our engagement with over 7000 visitors annually.
Your tax- deductible donation will help preserve one of the nation’s finest Greek Revival mansions and its historic grounds and gardens. Your donation will also support programming, exhibits and the acquisition of appropriate artifacts, furnishings and period collections.
Your gift for educational programming will benefit area students participating in the 5th Grade History Program and 5th Grade Apiary Program. With community support, the Museum offers these educational programs free of charge to 2,000 students annually, as the schools are unable to underwrite any of the associated fees or costs. Your support will make a difference!
Businesses may support the Museum with donations that support Annual Appeal, General Gifts and Educational Programming (see donations). Businesses may also choose to sponsor individual community programs. Sponsorship opportunities include: James Arnold Garden Symposium, RJD Dinner Dance Fundraiser, Celebrate the Season, musical performances, and AHA! New Bedford.