Virginia Secor Stranahan called 577 her “gift to the community.”
Your gift to 577 is a gift to the community too, bringing people together to discover, create, teach, have fun, and be inspired to take care of the environment and each other.

Gifts by credit card can be made on our secure website by clicking the button below.
Gifts by check should be made payable to The 577 Foundation and sent to 577 East Front Street, Perrysburg, OH 43551.

The 577 Foundation is an exempt organization as described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; EIN 34-1591869.

Impact of Your Gifts

577’s supporters made so many special things happen here in 2022. Click the button below to read about how donations made memories and magic, set experimental creativity ablaze, fed local hungry people, provided sweet melodies, met the challenges of today’s world, and evoked curiosity and learning.

Giving Opportunities

Warm-hearted generosity abounds at 577. Your ongoing gifts to 577 provide the gift of discovery, connection, and creativity to others in the community. Below are a few special areas of need as we head into 2023.

Special Projects & Funds
Memorial & Tribute Gifts
Create Your Legacy

The Serendipity Fund is in honor of Virginia. She liked to say, “things go wrong in all the right ways.” A gift to the Serendipity Fund will cover areas where the money is needed most, or future opportunities beyond today’s imagination.

The Growing Fund is for plant life at 577: trees, gardens, and landscapes. A gift to this fund provides food and landscape gardens that feed people and delight visitors 360 days a year. It also replaces trees that are becoming hazardous as they age and decline. Give to this fund so that 577 can maintain healthy trees that provide cool shade in the summer, beautiful foliage in the fall, and homes to all the critters who enjoy them. Need: $5,000

 The Nature Exploration Fund provides whimsy and joy all over 577, those little winks of fun that make you smile and do a double take. A gift to this fund will cover playful bird feeders around the Bird Blind, improvements to the Children’s Nature PlayScape, and more. It’s the gift of surprise and enchantment! Need: $5,000 

 The Learning Fund: 577’s high quality classes cost more to deliver than the fees we charge. We do that to keep them affordable for everyone to access them. Your gift to this fund subsidizes the cost to run classes to keep fees at a low price, sparking curiosity and creativity! Need: $5,000 

 The Pottery Fund gifts will repair the aging Wood Kiln and provide tools, supplies, and equipment for the Pottery Studio. Need: $12,000 

Memorial Gifts & Tribute Gifts

Establishing a memorial or tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor a loved one, or celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday, while supporting 577’s gardens, programs, mission, and more. We’re forever grateful for the friends and their loved ones who have dedicated memorial and tribute gifts to 577.

To learn more, contact Executive Director Heather Gallant at (419) 874-4174, or

Create Your Legacy

Planned gifts, or bequests, support 577 for decades to come. Create your legacy – like Virginia Secor Stranahan did – by including 577 as a beneficiary in your will.

If you already have a will, all it takes is a quick phone call to your lawyer to add a charitable gift to 577.

To ask questions and learn more about how to make a meaningful gift through your will or trust, contact Executive Director Heather Gallant at (419) 874-4174, or


577’s corporate and small business partners make a lasting impact providing funding for programs that build a creative, caring community using the 21st century skills of curiosity and lifelong learning.

To learn more about 2023 sponsorship opportunities and benefits, please contact Assistant Director of Administrative Operations Kelly Hirsh at 419-874-4174, or

Other Ways To Give

Book & Art Donations

Divert like-new books and art supplies from the landfill by donating them to the Curiosity Shop. No matter how big or small, your donations are needed and appreciated.

Matching Gifts

Does your employer have a matching gift program? If your company participates, just request a matching gift form from your employer. Send it to the 577 Foundation, completed and signed with your gift. We’ll do the rest.


Volunteers play a vital role in the evolution of 577 in positions such as building docents, on-site educators, front desk helpers, resource center sorters and garden helpers.

Pardon our dust. Beginning July 10, 577’s courtyard will be undergoing some much-needed renovations. 577 will remain open during construction, 9am to 5pm. Please note that certain areas may be blocked off or temporarily unavailable including the front parking lot and courtyard bathroom. Stay tuned for updates along the way on our blog and social media.