Florence Griswold Museum

Ways to Give

The Florence Griswold Museum relies on the generous support of many individuals and families. There are many ways to give – from annual giving to planned giving. And of course, all donations are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.










Demonstrate your commitment to the work of the Florence Griswold Museum by giving generously to this year’s Annual Fund. The success of this fund – which remains the lifeblood of our public programming – can take this institution to a new level of innovation and community service. Your tax-deductible gift will help to enrich the cultural life for the entire community and region.

Gifts to the Annual Fund supports the costs of such essential needs as:

Museum Collection and Exhibitions (research, collection care, conservation, special exhibits, and publications)

Educational Programs for all Ages (school programs, summer camp scholarships, lectures, workshops, education center activities, and much more)

Serving the Community (free admission days, festivals, community-based events, and offsite presentations)

Museum Facilities & Grounds (stewardship of historic buildings, care of beautiful gardens and grounds, and technology needs)

The Annual Fund is separate from Membership dues although membership is included with Annual Fund gifts of $2,500 or more. Pease learn more about the operation and collections of the Museum by joining one of the Circles of Giving

President's Circle $5,000 and up
Director's Circle $4,999 - $2,500
Curator's Circle $2,400 - $1,000
Friend's Circle All gifts up to $999

Annual Fund
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Or download this
Annual Fund Form



Matching Gift Program

Double the power of your gift to the Florence Griswold Museum by participating in our Matching Gift Program. Many employers have matching gift programs by which they will match the tax-deductible portion of your donation. To see if your employer has a matching gift program, simply visit your company’s website or speak to your human resources department. Partner with your employer today to increase the value of your gift that makes our world-class exhibitions and superior programming possible.

Planned Giving

The Florence Griswold Museum invites you to join the Lieutenant River Society, an esteemed and growing membership of generous donors who have included the Museum in their estate plans.

The Museum offers a full range of planned giving vehicles to choose from - bequests, charitable gift annuities, charitable remainder trusts and gifts of significant pieces of art or antiques.

Because all planned gifts are designated to the Museum’s endowment fund increased membership of the Lieutenant River Society is important to the future vitality of the Museum. Income from the endowment, as it builds over time helps the Museum:

Supports its public mission through outstanding educational programs;

Protects against shortfalls in annual revenue and the means to respond to unforseen needs;

Strengthens its collection and enhances its overall site.

Please consider including the Museum in your estate plans and join this very special group of donors, who have had the vision and foresight to plan for the future of the Museum for generations to come.

The Director of Development would be pleased to provide you with information about the various options and confidentially confer with you, your attorney, and accountant, trust officer or other advisers.

For more information please contact:
Janie Stanley, Director of Development
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-5542 x104


The Florence Griswold Museum has a lengthy track record organizing and sponsoring temporary exhibitions designed to further its educational mission and reach new audiences.

The purpose of the Exhibition Fund is to assist the Museum in the creation and early development of special exhibitions that are under consideration by the Director and Curator. Gifts to the Exhibition Fund help to underwrite the curatorial, educational, and marketing costs of presenting exciting shows that are seen by thousands of visitors.


This program offers opportunity to match donor interest with Museum programs and/or initiatives. It's a terrific way to direct your giving to a specific need of the Museum.

Gifts In Tribute

Gifts may be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special friend. A gift to the Museum is a great way to recognize birthdays or anniversaries too. All gifts are recognized in the Annual Report.

For more information on these and other giving opportunities, contact:
Janie A. Stanley, Director of Development
96 Lyme Street
Old Lyme, CT 06371
(860) 434-5542 x104

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 - 5; Sunday 1 - 5
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Visitors to the Florence Griswold Museum can explore these highlights:

Florence Griswold House

Krieble Gallery

Hartman Education Center

Grounds & Gardens

Chadwick Studio

Rafal Landscape Center
Meseum Membership


Download 2012 Annual Report
and 2013 Spring Ledger