How important are Friends members?
They can literally make the difference between a budget increase and cut for their libraries. Since the beginning of the American library movement, Friends groups have been formed by citizens using their collective powers to do everything from running a book sale to ensuring that our American library legacy remains viable. By contributing as a library Friend, you can make a lasting difference for your library.
The Dallas Public Library stands today, as it has for more than 100 years, a treasured and indispensable institution serving the citizens of Dallas, regardless of age or economic station.
Dallas Public Library is dedicated to staying on the cutting edge with new and renovated facilities, cutting-edge technology, collections, and programs that make possible the Library’s continued role as an essential guarantor of the quality of life in our community.
Since 1950, Friends of the Dallas Public Library has been a positive influence in meeting the special needs of the Library. This organization of dedicated men and women has promoted bond elections through which the Library has benefited; it has raised funds in support of facilities and programs beyond City of Dallas budgets; it has recognized library volunteers and staff who have advanced the impact of the Library System on a broad population.
The leadership of the Friends has considered the Library’s budget and recognizes that private gifts and bequests must continue – as they have historically – to be an important part of the total funding structure of the Library, making possible those special things that public funds are not likely to provide. This will be especially significant in maintaining and expanding the Library’s holdings in books and other materials, but it will also be vital in securing the newest technologies that arm the Library system to serve its customers.
Friends of the Dallas Public Library encourages and solicits contributions of cash and other forms of property in the development of our programs and operations. Contributions are accepted either as outright gifts or through planned gifts permitted by the Internal Revenue Code and the laws of the State of Texas.
The types of gifts may include, but are not limited to:
BEQUESTS: A bequest is typically made through a will and the Foundation will receive the gift upon the death of the donor. The will may include a specific item, a specific dollar amount, or a percentage or portion of an entire estate.
SECURITIES: Publicly traded non-restricted stocks and bonds can be transferred to the Foundation
TRUST DESIGNATION: Like a bequest according to a will, a trust designation may designate a specific item, specific dollar amount, or a percentage or portion of a trust.
BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS: A donor may designate Friends of the Dallas Public Library as a beneficiary on his or her qualified retirement plans i.e. IRA, 401(k), 403(b), Keogh, and Employee Stock Ownership Plans, insurance policies, or payable on death accounts.
GIFTS OF LIFE INSURANCE: A donor may name Friends of the Dallas Public Library as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or the donor may transfer the entire ownership of his/her life insurance policy to Friends of the Dallas Public Library.
LIFE OR FIXED TERM INCOME GIFTS: A donor may make an irrevocable gift while retaining interest for one or more lifetimes or a fixed term of years (on some gifts). This type of gift allows the donor to increase income, save taxes and make a charitable gift.
CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY: A contract with a donor where Friends of the Dallas Public Library promises to pay a fixed amount to one or two beneficiaries in exchange for an irrevocable gift today.
RETAINED LIFE ESTATE: A donor may donate his/her home, vacation home, farm, etc., to Friends of the Dallas Public Library while retaining the right to live in it and use it for the remainder of one or more lifetimes, a fixed term of years, or a combination of the two.
The mission of Friends of the Dallas Public Library is to support the mission of the Dallas Public Library system in its delivery of resources, services and information to the Dallas community.
Be a part of enriching the Dallas community.
Make a gift of financial support
Make a gift online at www.supportdpl.org
Call us at 214-670-1458
Friends of the Dallas Public Library
1515 Young Street, 7th Floor
Dallas, TX 75201
AS A TRIBUTE
Friends of the Dallas Public Library welcomes donations made in honor and in memory of others and acknowledges these appropriately.
CREATE YOUR LEGACY
To create your legacy today, call 214-670-1458
Friends of the Dallas Public Library is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the IRS and the State of Texas. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
There are so many ways to support our mission. Contact us to find out more about volunteer opportunities, fundraising events, and ways to get our message to your friends and family.
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