CHL Appeal

Dear Fellow JASNA Members,

Chawton House Library needs our help. Sandy Lerner’s Foundation has supplied 65% of the funding to maintain CHL since 1993. But that funding is coming to an end. The North American Friends of Chawton House Library (NAFCHL) has launched the “Oxygen Funds Campaign” to assist the Library during this pivotal transition to self-sufficiency. In truth, safeguarding this history of early women writers should never have been one woman’s burden.  That history belongs to all of us.

You may remember several years ago we made a special plea to Regions to help Jane Austen’s House Museum fund the purchase of Jane Austen’s turquoise ring.  In that spirit, we are making a special plea to members to support Chawton House Library.  

simply go to the North American Friends of CHL to donate at

you may also donate to Chawton House Library THROUGH JASNA at 

if you prefer to write a check, send it to NAFCHL, 7230 N San Blas Dr, Tucson, AZ 85704  (the links above allow you to print off a form to mail in your donation)

Both the North American Friends of Chawton House Library (NAFCHL) and JASNA are independent, US-based volunteer-run non-profit, and registered 501(c)(3) corporations, which means your donation to either group is tax-deductible in the US. 

You may want to consider donating together with others as part of a region or individually.   Please help save Jane Austen’s Great House by donating today!

Joan RayClaire Bellanti

President, NAFCHLPresident, JASNA

Past JASNA President