Beware, Stratford blog readers: this is a blatant infomercial. But I feel obliged to point out something that deserves attention, and it is part of my job at Stratford Hall. Funding. The Robert E. Lee Memorial Association, which owns and operates Stratford Hall, is a non-profit organization that depends on support from individuals and earned revenue to meet its mission. The ongoing preservation work, educational programs, and research are all made possible thanks to generous individuals, corporations and foundations. We receive no government support for our work.
Most of Stratford’s programs are supported through the Annual Fund, which provides the resources needed to meet our day to day operations. Sure, this includes salaries, which most non profits don’t want to discuss funding, but hear me out. It takes a staff of enthusiastic and qualified individuals to make Stratford the successful institution it is today. The Great House won’t preserve itself. Educational programs and tours don’t just happen. And artifacts don’t find their way out of the ground and into a publication. The Annual Fund helps to make the work of some truly talented people possible, and for your benefit. Darn tootin’ 🙂 . There, I said it.
This year (our fiscal year ends June 30) Stratford Hall exceeded its Annual Fund goal of $825,000, by raising over $853,000. We are grateful for the votes of confidence this represents. I encourage you to consider showing your support by becoming a Friend of Stratford. For as little as $35 you become a stakeholder in the wonderful work that’s being done at this impressive place. Do consider it. Just visit the “Support Stratford” page on our website. And thank you for reading this post.
-Chandler Battaile, Director of Development