Annual Fund 2023


Celebrate Philanthropy


As the late summer breeze brings a hint of autumn, we invite you to be part of The Annual Fund 2023 at Hildene. We need your generous support to keep our mission alive. Many of you have already donated, and we are so grateful.

When donating to the Annual Fund, you become a vital guardian of history and of the cherished Lincoln legacy. As an extra thank you, those who donate $1,000 or more will receive an invitation to our much-anticipated Autumn Harvest Festival in the dene—an event that promises great fun, food and festivities. Encourage your friends and extended family to join you in making a donation today!

The Autumn Harvest Festival is a gathering for people of all ages, a truly multi-generational affair that encourages everyone to come together and create treasured memories. Picture this: Wagon rides, strolls along the boardwalk and pastures, and encounters with our delightful farm animals. Pick perfect pumpkins and flowers and try out the craft of soap felting. Listen to music and savor the season with local beer, spirits, wine, signature cocktails, and plenty of fresh apple cider and non-alcoholic beverages for everyone to enjoy. Throughout the festival, indulge in delectable farm-to-table food.

Mark your calendar for this party in which the joy of giving and the joy of celebration unite in perfect harmony. Join us as we raise a toast to nature’s bounty and to the generosity of our donor and member community. Your Annual Fund contribution doesn’t just sustain Hildene’s operations; it fosters a brighter future for generations to come. Together, we can make a difference that resonates beyond this season.



Hildene by the Numbers, 2022

1,000 dozen eggs hand-collected and boxed, laid by very happy, pasture-raised chickens      

Over 1,000+ lbs. of produce donated to the Rutland Farmacy Project, and 600+ lbs of produce donated to the Community Food Cupboard             

4,635 lbs of goat milk from Hildene’s herd of Nubians used to produce 1,236 lbs of chèvre             

Roughly 1,800 taps in Hildene’s sugarbush produced close to 40,000 gallons of sap             

300 hardwood cuttings of native shrubs have been “started” for the woody plant nursery             

To date in 2022, 117 bird species recorded on Hildene grounds—the greatest number in one year since record-keeping began in 2007             

36 weddings celebrated             

Over 5,000 “student days” of educational programming             

80 active volunteers accumulated 2,400 hours of service through August


2022 Reports

For the President's 2022 Annual Fund Appeal letter, CLICK HERE.

For the 2022 Year-In-Review timeline CLICK HERE. 

For a downloadable file of 2022's Annual Fund "By-the-Numbers" insert, CLICK HERE. 


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