Ways to Give

Ways to Give

Make A Gift

Every gift makes a difference every day for our libraries and our community. Explore the many ways you can give to the Foundation below and start making an impact today.

Take a view of this short video tribute to Saul Zaentz on his path of inspired filmmaking. For this academy award-winning producer of Amadeus, The English Patient, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and more, a prodigious love of books and reading made him a lifelong supporter of public libraries.

Library Fan Club

Small donations make a big impact! Become a member of our Library Fan Club by setting up a monthly sustaining donation of any size. 

  • All new members receive a tote bag!
  • At $25/month, we’ll also send you our book A Selected List of Fiction Set in Berkeley 
  • At $84/month, you get a tote bag, the book, invites to special events, and membership in the Rosa Shattuck Circle.  

Rosa Shattuck Circle

The Rosa Shattuck Circle is our highest level of donors. Rosa Shattuck, a Berkeley pioneer who believed libraries change lives and make a community strong, secured the funding and donated the land for Berkeley’s first permanent public library in 1903. Rosa Shattuck Circle members are donors of $1,000+.

Stock Transfers

Gift of stock can be a great, economical way to support improvements and innovations at the Library. Stock transfers can be easily be accommodated. Check out our Stock Transfer Form.

Donor Advised
Funds (DAF)

Donor Advised Funds are an incredibly popular way to manage charitable giving. A DAF makes it easy for donors to dedicate funds to support their favorite nonprofit.

Legacy Giving

Your planned gift to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation can help ensure our Library will thrive for generations. Legacy gifts are added to our Generation Fund, for long term investment and growth. As part of the Legacy Society, you will receive substantial tax savings while extending the joy you have experienced at the Library to many others.

Memorial &
Honorary Gifts

Memorial and honorary gifts are wonderful ways to remember and celebrate the library lovers in your life.

Generation Fund

This special designated fund will ensure a great public library for future generations. Gifts made to the Fund will be invested for long term growth to make a lasting impact on library needs.


The Foundation partners with individuals, organizations, foundations, and businesses on special events and projects to make our library and our community stronger.

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation gives so much to so many.
I give whatever I can to support their work in our community.

–Nancy Park, BPLF DONOR

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization,
and our Federal Tax Identification Number is 94-3280180.