The Mather Homestead Foundation relies on contributions from community members who are dedicated to the preservation of the Mather Homestead and its important and unique place in Darien's history. Donations support the following:
Ongoing maintenance of the Mather Homestead and property
Oversight of the Mather Homestead
The Mather Homestead Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts to the Mather Homestead are considered tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
The Mather Homestead Foundation seeks to enhance its programming for children. Our historic playhouse was enjoyed by generations of Mathers but is now in disrepair. Our goal is to renovate the playhouse to be the cornerstone for future generations of children who will come to learn and play.
The Mather Homestead Foundation appreciates the support of businesses who have contributed with financial and in kind donations. Donors are recognized in various ways - through our events, social media and publicity, and signage at the Homestead.
Thank you to the McPherson Family!
The Mather Homestead Foundation thanks the McPherson family (descendants of the Mather Family) for their generous contribution of the Mather Homestead and its six acres of property in 2017, plus an additional acre of property in 2021, for the benefit of the Darien community.
The family has maintained and preserved the Mather Homestead for over two and a half centuries. Now, future generations will enjoy the homestead and be educated about its important place in Darien's rich history.
Thank you to the Chilton Family!
The Mather Homestead Foundation thanks the Chilton family whose generous contributions have made possible the creation of the Mather Homestead Foundation in 2017, the building of the Elizabeth W. Chilton Education Center in 2020, the seeding of the new endowment in 2021 which will ensure the long time sustainability of the Mather Homestead, and the creation of the Stephen Tyng Mather exhibit in 2022.
Thank you to The Darien Foundation!
The Darien Foundation proudly supports The Stephen Mather Foundation.
"The Mather Homestead is a true town treasure and we are grateful for your Board's extraordinary vision and keen interest in making the rich history of the property available to local students and citizens."
- Pam Dysenchuk, Executive Director, The Darien Foundation