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Monetary gifts allow the Village to expand programming, restore buildings and add to the visitor experience by enhancing the interpretive programs.

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The Shakers cared for the poor and used their resources and profit for social good. Today Canterbury Shaker Village uses its resources to educate people of all ages about the Shakers’ innovations, industry, architectural achievements, stewardship of the land and artisanship through workshops, tours, exhibits and special events.

Admissions and auxiliary income are not enough to preserve this National Historic Landmark and Museum. We rely on regular financial contributions to support programming, maintain and restore our buildings, and improve our visitor experiences.

There are several ways you can help us in preserving and sustaining Canterbury Shaker Village:

Annual Fund

A gift to the Annual Fund supports the current operating budget. It provides the Executive Director and Board of Trustees the ability to direct funds where they are needed most. Give online through our secure site. Click here to give.

If you prefer to send your contribution by mail, you may send your check, money order, or credit card authorization to the address below. Please do not send cash. Checks and money orders should be made payable to: Canterbury Shaker Village
  Development Office
  Canterbury Shaker Village                                                                                                                   288 Shaker Road
  Canterbury, NH 03224

Or simply call the Development Office directly at 603-783-9077 x 220 to charge your gift by phone.

Matching Gifts

Find out if your or your spouse’s employer will match your gift by checking with your Human Resources Office.

Village Visionaries

The Village Visionaries are exemplary stewards of the Canterbury Shaker legacy. They provide annual support for the museum’s programs, exhibitions, preservation projects and scenic gardens and grounds. Their multi-year membership pledge of support is essential to the preservation of Canterbury Shaker Village and the creation of an exceptional visitor experience. Click here for more details on membership levels.

To become a Village Visionary complete our online pledge form, ask for information in person at the Admissions Desk or contact the Development Office directly at 603-783-9077 x 220.

Gifts of Securities & Mutual Funds

Making a gift of securities is both simple and tax efficient because you receive a double tax benefit. With a gift of appreciated securities, you are entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction if you itemize your return. For appreciated securities held longer than one year, you may deduct the full fair market value of your gift. A second tax benefit with a gift of appreciated securities is that you avoid any capital gains tax. Securities may be transferred through your broker or by delivery of the securities to Canterbury Shaker Village. If the Securities are Depository Trust Company (DTC) eligible, they may be transferred electronically to our asset manager at TD Wealth Management. To make a gift of appreciated securities please contact:

Todd Mills, Sr. Investment Advisor: todd.mills(at),  207-756-6832
Megan Tolstenko, Private Client Service Associate: megan.pouliot(at)

TD  Private Client Group, a business of TD Wealth®
300 Franklin Street, Manchester, NH 03101
T:  603-695-3401, F:603-647-1297

Planned Gifts

If You are looking for…

  • guaranteed income for life
  • a tax deduction this year, retirement income for future years
  • increased income from low-yielding, highly appreciated securities
  • a way to create pension income for a long-time family employee
  • a way to offer financial assistance to a relative
  • a way to provide tuition assistance to children or grandchildren
  • strategies for preserving the value of assets you pass on to your heirs
  • the feeling that comes from making a significant charitable contribution

…a Planned Gift can benefit you as well as Canterbury Shaker Village and other charitable organizations that you value.

Eldress Bertha Lindsay Legacy Society

The Eldress Bertha Lindsay Legacy Society was founded in 1996 by Friends of the Village who wished to honor the last Shaker Eldress. Eldress Bertha Lindsay dearly loved her Shaker home and pioneered the effort to preserve it for future generations. The Society is composed exclusively of donors who have contributed a minimum gift of $10,000 to the growth of the Village’s Endowment or Collections through bequests, trusts or other planned giving instruments. Members of the Eldress Bertha Lindsay Legacy Society are recognized publicly every year and invited to special events at the Village.


The lasting impact of bequests—both large and small—has helped shape CSV today. For many members and friends of CSV, a charitable bequest is the easiest and best way to make a gift to the Village. By means of your will or other estate plan, you can name CSV as the beneficiary of a portion of your estate, or of particular assets in your estate. Many of the most powerful gifts with an enduring impact have been bequests.

There are many reasons to make a bequest. A bequest allows you to honor a loved one, while providing critical support to the Village. Giving by bequest costs nothing now, yet it may give you a great deal of satisfaction to know that your future gift will live on.

Gifts of IRAs/Retirement Plan Assets

You can designate CSV as a beneficiary of part or all the remainder of your IRA or retirement plan. Distributions from retirement plans at the death of the survivor of the account-holder can be subject to both income and estate taxes. In a large estate, these taxes can leave less than 30 cents on the dollar of the plan’s balance for your children or other heirs. By naming CSV as the beneficiary of the remainder of your retirement plan, 100 percent of the plan’s balance is available for CSV’s use, since the distribution avoids both income and estate taxes. To make this type of gift, notify your plan’s administrator and submit a “change of beneficiary” form.

Gifts of Life Insurance

If you have more insurance coverage than you need, you may consider giving CSV a paid-up policy. By transferring the ownership of your policy to CSV, you receive a charitable income tax deduction equal to the policy’s cash surrender value or cost basis, whichever is less.

Gifts That Pay You Income

Life income plans enable you to make a meaningful gift to CSV while receiving significant income and tax benefits. There are several different types of life income gift arrangements available. These include charitable remainder trusts, gift annuities, and pooled income funds.

Lead Trusts

With a charitable lead trust, you can make annual gifts to support an area of interest to you at CSV for a term of years, typically between 10 and 20.

Please consult your financial advisor for more information and call the Business Office at 603-783-9077 X 204 to learn more about these gift giving opportunities.