• "I support Kurn Hattin partly for sentimental reasons and as a teacher, I know the needs of children who no longer can live at home. I like their philosophy—to return the children home to their families. The families are given time to strengthen and heal. The children are given every chance to succeed and find their own niche whether it is with music, sports, writing, or animals."

    ~ Carol Howe, Friend & Supporter

  • "I didn’t know how to make friends. I had a lot of problems. I felt like I was stuck in quicksand. Then I came to Kurn Hattin. It was a slow process, but I was given a lot of structure and I needed and responded to that structure.“

    ~Christiana Mylott, Class of 2018

  • "I love Kurn Hattin and miss it like crazy.  Kristi Lisai, thank you for being the BEST English teacher ever, being so easy to talk to, and teaching me how to be such a good writer!  Richard M. Long, thank you for never giving up on me when I would do so badly in social studies.  And to all of the other teachers and staff, just thank you for being my ... AWESOME TEACHERS!"

    ~ Chelsea Candello, Class of 2012

  • "Kurn Hattin provided advice, support, and encouragement to pursue my dreams. The most important lesson I learned was to be humble, kind, and help those who were less fortunate. Because of Kurn Hattin, I have found my voice, my purpose in life, and my passion to help those who are in need.”

    ~Heather Kampfer, Class of 2001, Alumni Association President

  • "The lessons of life that I still carry today were taught to me at Kurn Hattin 50 plus years ago. Although many of my teachers who stood at the ‘fork in the road’ are gone, I carry on their legacy. And now I stand at the fork in the road to point the way for those who follow.”

    ~Jerry L. Bardwell, Class of 1973, Trustee

  • “Kurn Hattin was the best choice my family ever made for me. When I was in the 8th grade I didn’t want to leave.”

    ~Kristen McDaniel, Class of 1991

  • "I was so proud of my girl, getting up on stage and singing her heart out. Kurn Hattin is building her up with so much confidence. I will be forever grateful for what you are doing for my little girl."

    ~ Brenda Boisjolie Arce, Mother

  • "I still remember walking into Kurn Hattin. The scared little girl I was. Seeing myself grow over the years has been a blessing. But I never could have done it without the backbone of my forever home. Thank you, all of you. I really did it. I graduated high school!"

    ~ Makiah Curtis, Class of 2012

  • “Best years of my life. I’m now 36 married and have 3 beautiful daughters. Just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for everything this school did for me. Kurn Hattin definitely made me the man I am today.”

    ~Tom Adkins, Class of 1995

  • “I’m so proud to have been at Kurn Hattin. It turned my life around and put me on the right track. I’m not sure where I would have been otherwise. And I believe I was the only boy who made ‘Eagle Scout’ at that time.”

    ~ Peter Stavrou, Class of 1951

  • "I’m grateful to have had the experience at Kurn Hattin Homes, which was my and my brother’s ‘village’ that made such a positive mark on our lives.”

    ~Rhonda (Gaudreau) Nolan, Class of 1977, Incorporator

  • "Kurn Hattin gave me guidance and structure when I needed it most. Kurn Hattin was the most perfect support my parents could have asked for. As they say, it takes a village to raise a child. Kurn Hattin is that village”

    ~Gizenia Boyd, Class of 2005

  • "The area I came from wasn’t the best environment. Though I didn’t want to be here at first, I’d say my mom did the right thing. The houseparents are like family. They changed my life. I matured in all aspects from being a little kid to growing into a man.”

    ~Jacob Edwards, Class of 2018

  • "Born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth. It’s a phrase I associate with my upbringing at Kurn Hattin. I attended Kurn Hattin from 3rd to 8th grade and was given security, consistency, guidance, and direction. The girls, boys, teachers, and houseparents became my forever family.”

    ~Kim (Sherrick) Dawson, Class of 1982

  • "Discipline, respect, loyalty, and love are what I learned from the houseparents. I have 3 older brothers and we all went there. Thanks Kurn Hattin–Always the place I call home."

    ~Stephen Smith, Class of 1994

  • "I can’t help reiterating my admiration and thanks to a wonderful haven for needy children and one which has provided guidance, education and encouragement to many, many children, who have gone on to lead meaningful adulthood lives, some who have become leaders in society.”

    ~James Barschdorf, Class of 1944

  • "My son has since graduated from high school and just turned 18! He’s an accomplished jazz musician and artist. Thank you Kurn Hattin for all you do for children.” 

    ~Chantal Paulino, Mother

Thank you for your interest. Since 1894, Kurn Hattin Homes for Children has helped thousands of children and their families by offering a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment.

As a charitable organization, Kurn Hattin Homes depends on private support to fulfill its mission. We are a 501(c)(3) institution, and your gift is tax deductible. Contributions may be given by check, MasterCard, VISA, American Express, or marketable securities and are deeply appreciated and necessary to carry on our mission of transforming the lives of children and their families forever. To make an online donation in memory of or in honor of someone, please note the information in the comments box on the donation page.

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The Annual Fund

Kurn Hattin's Annual Fund helps support the many everyday aspects vital to running a 280-acre campus and caring for 105 children year round. Clothing, food, a cozy cottage to live in...these are just a few of the ways your Annual Fund gift helps out. 

Special Projects

Many donors wish to fund a project or special service at Kurn Hattin. These gifts are critical to sustaining the quality of programming for which we are known throughout the childcare industry. Contributions are welcome for underwriting educational field trips, improvements to the cottages and campus, medical care for children, clothing, and more. For our wish list, please click here

The Endowment Fund

The Bridge Builders Society

The lifeblood of Kurn Hattin's financial stability is the endowment fund. Approximately 40% of our operating budget is funded with income from the endowment plus unrestricted additions to board designated funds. Bequests compose the majority of gifts to the endowment fund. Distributions from estates and outright donations make up the remainder. Kurn Hattin's legacy society, The Bridge Builder Society, as of 8/1/17, recognizes donors who make a gift of $10,000 (previously $5,000) or more to the endowment and board designated funds. These may include designated bequests, outright gifts to the endowment, naming Kurn Hattin as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy, purchasing a charitable gift annuity, as well as other deferred gifts designated by the donor for the endowment.  The Bridge Builder Society also recognizes trusts established by donors to provide ongoing financial support to Kurn Hattin.

Bequests and Planned Gifts

Many donors choose to name Kurn Hattin Homes as a beneficiary in their will. A percentage of assets or a specific sum are the most common bequests. Other supporters name us as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy, donate real estate or antiques to Kurn Hattin, and establish charitable remainder or annuity trusts to benefit Kurn Hattin. Your individual financial status and interests determine which planned giving instrument is right for you. We encourage you to seek the advice of a financial adviser when considering these gifts. Please contact us to learn more about any of the options described above.

Naming New England Kurn Hattin Homes a Beneficiary in Your Will

Charitable Gift Annuities

A Better Investment

Planned giving is one of the many ways to ensure Kurn Hattin's mission to help children in need. A charitable gift annuity is an exciting giving option which allows you to invest in two futures: yours and that of generations of boys and girls.

Our Charitable Gift Annuity program gives you the opportunity to make a charitable donation of cash, stocks or bonds while you receive fixed income payments for life. The remaining balance will help support Kurn Hattin.

Benefits of a charitable gift annuity:

  • Charitable tax deduction

  • Guaranteed income for life

  • Attractive rate of return

  • Partially tax-free income

  • Income for one or two annuitants

  • The opportunity to help children

The minimum contribution is $10,000, and the minimum age is 65. Additional charitable gift annuities may be acquired at any time. A gift annuity contribution is irrevocable.

To learn more about our Charitable Gift Annuity and for a personal illustration, please contact Kim Fine, Director of Development & Public Relations, at (802) 721-6914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Memorial Gifts

Inform your family members that at the time of your passing, you would like memorial donations to be designated to New England Kurn Hattin Homes, PO Box 127, Westminster, Vermont 05158.

Become a Sustaining Donor

Save the cost of postage and set up an automatic MONTHLY DONATION.

To set up recurring monthly donations, please call (802) 721-6912 or do so directly through Pay Pal. (DONATE NOW button)

  • Simplify your support by becoming a Sustaining Donor.

  • Make an automatic monthly donation on a credit card through Paypal, or an EFT through your bank

  • Your monthly donation can be in any amount you choose.

  • Your donation will continue uninterrupted until you contact us to make a change.

  • We will send you a receipt each year for tax purposes

Matching Gifts

Matching Gifts can double your gifts. Many companies will match their employees’ gifts to non-profit organizations, and some even match spouses or retired employees’ gifts. Please check with your personnel office.

Giving Clubs

Kurn Hattin acknowledges and recognizes supporters with the following donor clubs, which are published each year in our Annual Report. Each gift is deeply appreciated.

Westminster Club
$15,000 and up

In the hills of this small, southern Vermont town the steady purpose of caring for young children continues to thrive. 

Mattie Harvey Club
$10,000-$14,999

Mattie, a neglected young girl from the woods of Maine, inspired Kurn Hattin’s founder to embark on a lifelong path to improve the lives of children and their families forever.

Reverend Charles Dickinson Club
$5,000-$9,999

Native son of Westminster, Vermont and the founder of Kurn Hattin Homes.

W.I. Mayo Club
$2,500-$4,999

The Director of Kurn Hattin Homes from 1927-1963.

Eleanor Ward Club
$1,000-$2,499

Beloved Staff Member from 1938-1980 (Girls’ Campus Supervisor 1960-1980).

Eliza Sessions Club
$500-$999

Via train, trolley, stage and foot, she visited New England villages asking on behalf of the children. Her work generated legacies and endowments that are a substantial part of Kurn Hattin’s financial structure.

Margaret Duncan Club
$250-$499

Houseparent 1928-1951. “Every one of those boys had a good part in him and that’s what I looked for; that’s what I remember now.”

Friends
$100-$249

Each friend’s gift is an important part of the whole. From childhoods remembered, they invest in childhoods being lived. 

Contributors

Up to $99

Dedicated supporters of the Kurn Hattin mission.

There are many opportunities to become a supporter or sponsor.

Contact Kim Fine (802) 721-6914 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss opportunities.

Additional Ways to Give

If you shop online at Amazon or at Rite Aid Store, you can register at their sites and designate New England Kurn Hattin Homes as your recipient charity. Kurn Hattin will benefit from your purchases. Their programs are Amazon Smile (smile.amazon.com) and Rite Aid Wellness +Plenti Kidcents (Kidcents.riteaid.com)

Adopt-a-Cottage Program

Help support one of the children’s cottage residences and spend time getting to know the children.

Adopt-a-Classroom Program

Help support the needs of a classroom and spend time getting to know the children.

Adopt-a-Horse Program

Sponsor one of the Therapeutic Riding Program horses.

The Bridge Builder

by Will Allen Dromgoole

An old man, going a lone highway
Came at the evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm, vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.

The old man crossed in the twilight dim—
That sullen stream had no fears for him,
But he turned,
When he reached the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.

“Old man,” said a fellow pilgrim near,
“You are wasting your strength in building here.

Your journey will end
With the ending day;
You never again must pass this way

You have crossed the chasm, deep and wide,
Why build you a bridge at eventide?”

The builder lifted his old grey head,
“Good friend, in the path
I have come,” he said,
“There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.

This chasm that has been naught to me
To that fair-haired youth may a pitfall be.

He, too, must cross in the twilight dim;
Good friend, I am building the bridge for him.”