Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Berkeley Public Library Foundation

Types of Gifts

Donate Online

Donate Online by making a one time or ongoing gift by credit card via our Network for Good portal.

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are an increasingly popular way to manage charitable giving. A DAF is a centralized vehicle for charitable giving that makes it easy for donors to dedicate funds to support their favorite nonprofit. It also provides an operationally convenient and tax-efficient method for donors to manage their charitable giving.

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With a DAF, charitably inclined individuals, families, and businesses make an irrevocable gift to a public charity that sponsors a donor-advised fund program, and may take an immediate tax deduction. Donors can then recommend grants over time to IRS-qualified 501(c)(3) public charities such as the Berkeley Public Library Foundation. Donor Advised Funds also allow donors to approach their charitable giving thoughtfully by involving other family members or colleagues in their philanthropic decisions.

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Gifts of Stock

Gifts of Stock is a smart way to support the library using your investments. Donating appreciated stock or securities to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation is more economical than giving cash and may make it possible for you to give more than you could otherwise afford. For example, you may own highly appreciated stock purchased years earlier that is paying a modest dividend relative to its market value. If you sell the stock and give the proceeds to the Foundation, you will have to pay capital gains tax, perhaps reducing the amount of the gift and certainly increasing your tax liability. If, however, you give the stock directly to the Library Foundation, you can deduct the full fair market value of the stock given and avoid any capital gains tax.

Click here to print and fill out our form to begin your stock gift now.

Generation Fund

Sow seeds for the Foundation’s future with our new Generation Fund. This special designated fund will grow over time to help ensure a great public library for generations to come.

Legacy Gifts

Planned gifts can extend the joy you have experienced at the Library for future generations. You may also receive substantial financial benefits and tax savings.

Bequests are gifts made by naming the “Berkeley Public Library Foundation” as a beneficiary in your will through a specific dollar amount or a percentage of your estate. This is a simple method for remembering your library in perpetuity. Sample wording for your will: “I bequeath ($ dollar amount or description of property) to the Berkeley Public Library Foundation (Tax identification #94-3280180)”

A financial planner or estate planning attorney can explain more about your options, which may include naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of your IRA or pension plan, your life insurance policy or a charitable trust.

You may contribute all or part of your life insurance policy by naming the “Berkeley Public Library Foundation” as a beneficiary.

Retirement plans are a simple and “tax-wise” way to make a planned gift. Through your plan provider, you have the option of naming the “Berkeley Public Library Foundation” as a beneficiary by designating either a stated percentage or dollar amount of your IRA, 401(K), 403(b) or other retirement plans.

The better the public library, the stronger the community.  That’s one reason Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s board voted to establish the Generation Fund. Gifts to this fund will support the mission of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation and assure fiscal stability.