Our members are the foundation of our organization. Paying yearly membership dues is affirmation that you believe in and want to be part of forwarding the museum’s mission. In the past we asked people to join the Rufus Porter Museum at various membership support levels. A major goal in our new Strategic Plan is to increase our membership by making it affordable and inclusive for as many people in our community as possible, so we now have a flat rolling membership fee of $50.00. This means you will receive your membership renewal letter each year at the time you became a member the previous year.
To replace the funds for operating support that so many of our members have given us above $50.00, we initiated our first Annual Appeal in 2012 (please see our homepage for more information about the Annual Appeal). What is the difference between purchasing a membership to the museum and donating to our Annual Appeal? Membership dues provide you with a variety of member benefits such as free admission, newsletters, discounts in our gift shop, and advance notice of programs and events at the museum. Gifts to the Annual Appeal are voluntary donations that do not confer any membership benefits; they are additional gifts that are 100% tax deductible and a vital source of annual funding for museum operations. We hope you will contact us if you have any questions about membership, the Annual Appeal or would like to discuss our exciting plans to move into our new home on Main Street, Bridgton.
A printable, PDF version of the membership form is available here.
The Rufus Porter Museum is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization, and your membership dues are fully deductible, to the extent allowed by law. Checks should be made payable to:
The Rufus Porter Museum
PO Box 544
Bridgton, ME 04009