Memorials and Tributes
Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, honoring someone close
to your heart, or remembering a loved one who has passed, a
gift to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is a special
way of acknowledging your admiration or compassion. Your gift adds
books and other materials directly to the library’s collection
which is used by more than 2.8 million patrons each year.
All gifts are recognized with a personal letter sent to the
honoree or next of kin and bookplates are inscribed and placed in the
items purchased with the donation. Gifts of less than $50 will be used
for the library’s general book fund. For special gifts of $50-$99,
the donor can choose the specific collection area in which the donation
should be used to purchase (e.g. young adult, fiction, humanities). For
generous gifts of $100 and over, the donor can choose a specific subject
area within the collection area (e.g. humanities book on local history).
In recognition of gifts in the amount of $25
or more, a bookplate will be inscribed with your name and/or that of the person whom you are recognizing.
Planned gifts make a difference to the library. A planned gift is just
that; it is considered and planned for by the donor during his/her lifetime
to accommodate charitable giving interest as well as receive tax benefits.
There are several ways to make a planned gift:
- Gifts made through a
will or trust agreement
- Gifting an IRA
- Gift Annuity
- Gift of a remainder interest in a personal residence
Most people consult
with an attorney or a financial planner to facilitate making these
gifts. One of the most common ways to leave
a planned charitable gift to the foundation is through a
will or trust.
If you choose this
option, it is important to use the correct legal name
documents: Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, Inc.
specific information on planned giving, please contact the Milwaukee
Public Library Foundation office at firstname.lastname@example.org or
Matching Gifts Program
Double your gift! Contact your company’s human resources department to see if your employer has a matching gifts program.
Through matching gift programs offered by many Milwaukee-area employers, you can double or triple the value of your gift at no cost to yourself. In addition to matching charitable donations of their employees, some companies will also match donations made by spouses and retirees.
To make a matching gift, request and complete the appropriate form from your company’s human resources department, then send it with your tax-deductible gift to:
Milwaukee Public Library Foundation
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53233
The Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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Give Your Gently Used Books
The Milwaukee Public Library accepts used book donations. Gifts can be given to the Friends of the Milwaukee Public
Library for selling in the Bookseller used bookstore located in Central
Library. Please read the guidelines for material donations.
There are many volunteer opportunities at the Milwaukee Public Library.
If you are interested in volunteering, call the library’s personnel
office at 414-286-3898 for more information and a volunteer application
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