Make a Gift

Unprecedented Times

As a non-profit trying to sustain the Village’s Shaker heritage during this unprecedented time, we are extraordinarily grateful for any charitable contributions that will help us continue our work. If it is within your means, we hope that you will consider making a gift to Canterbury Shaker Village.

Ways to Give

Contributions to Canterbury Shaker Village are deeply appreciated and an essential component of our budget. We relay on regular financial contributions to help support programming, maintain and restore our buildings, and improve our visitor experience.

Maxine Morse with Ken Burns. Photo: J. Hession
Restoration of Enfield House
Guided Tours

Give to the Richard & Maxine Morse Endowment Fund

Honorary trustee Ken Burns helped the Village launch the Richard and Maxine Morse Endowment Fund in October, 2019, to help mark the 50th anniversary of the Village’s incorporation as a non-profit museum. The Fund honors the extraordinary commitment and generosity of the Shakers’ attorney, Richard Morse, and his wife Maxine. Only its income (interest, dividends and appreciation) may be expended in support of daily operational expenses, program expenses, and preservation of the physical plant of the Village, with emphasis on the latter. Gifts to the Richard and Maxine Morse Endowment Fund help assure the long-term stability of Canterbury Shaker Village and and honor the Morses’ vision of the Shaker sisters, and those who worked with them to welcome the public to learn about the Shakers and draw inspiration from their example. 

If you would like to make a donation Richard and Maxine Morse Endowment Fund please use the link below. If you have any issues, simply send a message to with your name, donation amount and whose memory it is honoring.

Make an Honorary or Memorial Gift
Celebrate someone’s birthday or honor the memory of a loved one by dedicating a donation in their name.  If you would like to make a donation in honor of or in memory of someone, please include the name to be recognized in the appropriate note section. If you have any issues finding this section, simply send a message to with your name, donation amount, and whose memory it is honoring.

Give to the Annual Fund

Your gift now is especially important. Help balance our operating budget by the end of the fiscal year, preserve and maintain our historic buildings, and support exciting programs. Please use the link below to donate, and use the notes section to add any additional details. Please contribute today!

Gifts of Securities and Mutual Funds
Securities that are worth more than when you bought them make tax-wise gifts. If the Securities are Depository Trust Company (DTC) eligible, they may be transferred electronically to our asset manager at Fidelity. To make a gift of appreciated securities please contact the Development Office at 603-783-9511 x 205 for more information.  The Village is a Fidelity DTC participant #0226.  Account Information: Z48748617 for Canterbury Shaker Village.

Make a Charitable Distribution from an IRA
Congress reinstated a law that allows you to make a tax-free gift from your individual retirement account (IRA). Known as the IRA Charitable Rollover, this law no longer has an expiration date so you are free to make annual gifts to the Village from your IRA well into the future. The reinstated law allows individuals 70½ and older the ability to transfer up to $100,000 from their individual retirement accounts directly to a qualified charitable organization without being subject to income taxes on the distribution.  Contact your tax advisor or our Development Office at 603-783-9511 x 205 for more details.

Become a Village Visionary

Canterbury Shaker Village is pleased to honor those donors who make annual gifts of $1,000 or more towards supporting museum programming, exhibitions, preservation projects and scenic gardens and grounds. These supporters are exemplary stewards of the Canterbury Shaker legacy and their support is essential to the preservation of the Village and the creation of an exceptional visitor experience. Village Visionaries receive all the benefits of membership. They are also invited to an annual event with the Board and Executive Director, special opening receptions and behind the scenes opportunities.

To become a Village Visionary, please contact the Development Office directly at 603-783-9511 x 205.

If you prefer mail, please send your check, money order or credit card authorization to: Development Office, Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury NH 03224. You may also call the Development Office directly at 603-783-9511 x 205 to charge your gift by phone. Checks and money orders should be made payable to Canterbury Shaker Village. Please do not send cash.

For more information, please contact astevens@shakers.rog