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SINCE 1894

Since 1894, Kurn Hattin has helped thousands of children and their families by offering a safe home and quality education in a nurturing environment.

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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. 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. If you would like to inquire about helping to support children in need, please contact Kim Fine.

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


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 familes forever.

Reverend Charles Dickinson Club


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

W.I. Mayo Club


The Director of Kurn Hattin Homes from 1927-1963.

Eleanor Ward Club


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

Eliza Sessions Club


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


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.”



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


Up to $99

Dedicated supporters of the Kurn Hattin mission.


The Annual Fund

Kurn Hattin's Annual Fund helps to 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. Donate Now.


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 field trips, improvements to the cottages and campus, medical care for children, clothing, library books, and more. For our wish list, please click here.


The Endowment Fund

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 Builders, 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 Builders also recognizes trusts established by donors to provide ongoing financial support to Kurn Hattin.

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.”


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.


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. An exciting giving option 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. Any remaining balance will help support Kurn Hattin.

Benefits of a charitable gift annuity:

  • The opportunity to help children
  • Charitable tax deduction
  • Guaranteed income for life
  • Attractive rate of return
  • Partially tax-free income
  • Income for one or two annuitants

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 via Email.


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. 


Monthly Donations

Save the cost of postage and set up an automatic monthly donation. To set up recurring monthly donations, please call Megan at (802) 721-6912. 


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. 

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