Individual and corporate donations account for a substantial amount of the Museum’s income which we apply conscientiously to our mission based efforts in preservation, community vibrancy, and educational programming. A recurring gift gives the museum consistency amidst other fluctuating sources.
The Annual Appeal is the Museum’s single most important income stream, accounting for 35% of the RJD’s operating income for the year. Funds underwrite the Museum’s basic operating costs such as heat, water, electricity, building insurance, maintenance, security and supplies. The 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. It will support programming, exhibits and the acquisition of appropriate artifacts, furnishings and period collections. Your gift also benefits area students participating in our school field trips. With community support, the Museum offers these educational programs free of charge to hundreds of students annually, as the schools are unable to underwrite any of the associated fees or costs.
In 2019, two trees on our property need trimming and soil treatment if they are to live longer lives: the ash and copper beech. The cost of these treatments is in the thousands of dollars. For those who enjoy gardening themselves, appreciate the beauty of the RJD”s garden, and understand the necessity of care for heritage trees, we invite you to donate directly to our Copper Beech Tree Fund. The tree that Amelia Jones planted is now over 100 years old and may live at least another half a century, with our care and your donation. A donation of at least $10 entitles you to a seedling from our very own Copper Beech! Donate now and pick up your seedling at the RJD.
Businesses may also choose to sponsor individual events and in return, receive acknowledgement at that event. Sponsorship opportunities for 2019 -2020 include: our summer garden party (June 2020) and The Mystery at the Mansion Masquerade (October 18, 2019).