You Make it Possible! Support the Folklife Center!


Ways You Can Make it All Possible.

Some 50 percent of Vermont Folklife Center funds each year come from individual donors like you. Contributions from our friends and neighbors across Vermont and beyond keep VFC strong. Together we can continue to strengthen connections between Vermonters, foster empathy, and shape a culture founded on understanding and mutual respect.


How do I Make a Gift?

By donating on our website with your credit/debit card (or calling us with your card number); or by mailing a check to the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main Street, Middlebury, VT 05753. Feel free to call us at 802-388-4964 with any questions.


Sustaining Donors

Simplify your giving by joining a growing number of Folklife Center Sustaining Donors. You can select “Monthly” here. Or choose your sustaining donation plan: annual, quarterly, or monthly—whatever suits your desires.

Sustaining donors make a convenient ongoing commitment. You save time, paper, and postage. Your automatic monthly contribution of $10 or more is convenient for you and provides steady funding for the VFC programs you care about.

If you prefer, email or call 802-388-4964 for assistance with the process. You can increase or terminate your pledge at any time. 


Sharrow Fieldwork Fund

Your gift to this special VFC Board-designated fund guarantees the continuation of major multi-year field research projects, building on the late Greg Sharrow’s 30-year legacy. For more information, go here [LINK to Floating page]. Or contact Development Director John Barstow at 802-388-2145;


Matching Gift Programs

Double the impact of your gift! If your employer has a non-profit matching gift program please consider registering the VFC for that benefit when you make your annual or monthly donation. Or learn more here.


Make a Gift of Stock

By giving appreciated securities you can avoid paying capital gains taxes, receive a tax deduction on the full value of the gift, and support VFC. Contact Alma Pilausic at Hanson & Doremus Investment Management and she will guide you through the process. Be sure to mention our account number listed below.

Alma Pilausic
Portfolio Administrator
Hanson & Doremus Investment Management
431 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont 05401
Phone (802) 658-2668
Fax (802) 658-1027


The Vermont Folklife Center account with Hanson & Doremus is:
Account #: 9712-2747
Registration: Vermont Folklife Center
DTC#: 0164

If you have any further questions, feel free to call Development Director John Barstow at 802-388-2145

Consider a Gift from your IRA

If you are age 70½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 directly to the Vermont Folklife Center from your individual retirement accounts (IRAs) without it being counted as taxable income. The gift must come from your required minimum distribution. Your financial institution needs to issue the check directly to us, and the gift must be made by December 31 of the tax year. Contact your provider or visit their website to obtain a simple form to fill out.


Leave a Legacy With a Bequest or Planned Gift

You don’t have to be wealthy to leave a legacy. By naming the Vermont Folklife Center a beneficiary in your will, living trust, or retirement accounts, you support this important work for generations to come—which, after all, is what our Archive is all about. Learn more about making a planned gift >>


Become a Business Sponsor

Tax-deductible gifts from your business may help your year-end bottom line! Your company’s partnership with VFC to support an event, our education program, exhibit program, or the VFC Archive is a great way to gain exposure and community respect. To learn more about our business partnership program, please contact Development Associate, Bob Hooker at 802-388-4964 or at


These state and local businesses are already enjoying the benefits of VFC sponsorship.


Cabot Creamery

Green Mountain Power

Cooperative Insurance Companies

National Bank of Middlebury

Rotary Club of Middlebury, VT

American Flatbread: Middlebury Hearth

IPJ Real Estate

J. P. Carrara & Son