Support Us

The Manchester Community Library is a living organism, and its breath is our community and its people. Our ability to tend to the needs of the community is deeply reliant upon the generosity of individuals, businesses, and foundations. Philanthropic support makes up nearly two-thirds of our annual budget, while one-third is provided by Manchester taxpayers.

Your tax-deductible donation to the Manchester Community Library helps provide funds that directly impact our services, providing support for our wonderful librarians, many special programs, ongoing facility maintenance, and collections and materials.

Donations of all sizes are meaningful and appreciated, and giving can take many forms—see below. Please consider making a tax-deductible gift to the MCL today.

Individual Giving

Your gift to the Manchester Community Library Annual Fund plays an important role in ensuring your MCL’s place as a hub of the community, a trusted resource, and a welcoming and stimulating environment for learning and social connection. Individual giving makes up nearly 70 percent of our total philanthropic support, and we truly could not do this work without you.

One Time Gift

Join the MCL family of donors with a one-time gift via cash, check, or credit card. You may mail your donation to the attention of the Advancement Office, Manchester Community Library, PO Box 1105, Manchester Center, VT, 05255. Or, you may make a gift online or via phone at (802) 549-4579.

Sustaining Gift

You can make giving to MCL work for your budget by setting up a monthly credit card donation. For more information, please call the Advancement Office.

Tribute/Memorial Gift

Honor the life of a loved one or celebrate a special occasion (a birthday, wedding, anniversary) with a tribute gift. Your donation in honor of a friend or family member will appear in the Annual Appreciation Report. If you would like the individual or family to receive notice of your gift, please provide the contact name and address with your gift. To set up a tribute gift, use the link above under One-Time Gift, or contact the Advancement Office.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of stock offer significant tax advantages and are easy to make. For gift instructions and account information, please contact the Advancement Office.

Matching Funds

Double the impact of your gift! Many employers match employees’ charitable contributions and/or volunteer hours. Contact your Human Resources office to find out if your workplace will match your donation.

Planned Giving

When you consider your estate plans, please consider becoming a part of a lasting legacy by including a gift to MCL. Donors who have included MCL in their estate plans are recognized in the Frances Skinner Willing Circle. To learn more, please contact the Advancement Office.

Contact Us

We’re happy to talk with you about your support! Please contact the Advancement Office if you have questions or need help with your gift.
Please note: all gifts of any amount are included in the Annual Appreciation Report unless otherwise requested. Individuals who give a thousand dollars or more to the MCL Annual Fund are recognized in the ( Literary Circle, the Library’s leadership giving community. For more information about giving, please contact the Advancement Office at (802)549-4579 or

Planned Giving

The Manchester Community Library exists as it does today thanks to the transformational power of philanthropy. In 1897, Frances Skinner Willing established the Mark Skinner Library in memory of her father for the benefit of the Manchester and residential citizens. Mark Skinner was a Chicago judge and philanthropist who was born in Manchester and returned to spend every summer here.

Decades later, in 2006, another visionary community member committed to a first-rate library laid the foundation for the Mark Skinner Library’s evolution. Lyn Hoyt’s generous bequest provided a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to expand and enhance the library’s services to better serve the community. On November 15, 2014, the Manchester Community Library opened its doors.

Planned gifts provide creative and flexible strategies for your estate and charitable gift planning. Some may provide you with income, and many can reduce your taxes. The greatest benefit, though, lies in knowing that your generous commitment helps ensure the long-term sustainability of the Manchester Community Library’s mission.

When you consider your estate plans, please consider becoming a part of a lasting legacy by including a gift to MCL and becoming a part of the Frances Skinner Willing Circle. Like Mrs. Willing, you will leave a permanent legacy on the community, ensuring the health and vibrancy of the Manchester Community Library for years to come.

To have a confidential conversation about including the MCL in your estate plans, please contact the Advancement Office at (802) 549-4579 or We also recommend contacting your financial advisor or attorney to help determine which planned giving vehicle is most advantageous for you.

Corporate Opportunities to Support the Library

Corporate support of the Manchester Community Library is a great way to build brand recognition and attract new customers, clients, employees, and friends while ensuring equal access to resources and information for all members of our community.

Learn more about Sponsorships

MCL Offers a range of sponsorship opportunities with varying benefits, some of which include: employee library memberships; print and electronic name and brand recognition; and use of Library meeting and event spaces.

All Sponsorship Levels are customizable. We will work with you to develop a sponsorship package that fits your organization’s needs and objectives. Click here for details or contact the Advancement Office at or (802) 549-4578.

Annual Fund

A corporate gift to the Library’s Annual Fund is fully tax deductible and includes both electronic and print name and brand recognition for donations over $500.

In Kind

The Library is always looking for In-kind donations to be used as raffle, contest prizes and silent auction items.

Manchester Community Library Gratefully Acknowledges the generous support of our nonprofit and business sponsors: