As we celebrate the end of a productive and eventful year at the Los Angeles Public Library, all of us at the Library Foundation would like to extend our profound gratitude to our Members, donors, friends, and advocates who support this beloved institution.
As Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book, wrote: “The publicness of the public library is an increasingly rare commodity. It becomes harder all the time to think of places that welcome everyone and don’t charge any money for that warm embrace.”
This year, we asked our donors to answer the question: “Why do you choose to give to the Library?” Here are some of their responses:
“I simply could not survive without LAPL. I read every day, watch movies on Kanopy, and more. Our library is vital to the community and I love that with our help, people of all ages can learn to read, have a safe place to go, and even get a hot meal.”
“I believe that stories and sharing them is essential to the human experience.”
“I love books and libraries, and I am increasingly impressed with the roles libraries can and do play in our communities, both in the U.S. and worldwide.”
“I believe in the institution of the public library and the ability for all to access information.”
“Public libraries have enabled me to get farther than I could have imagined already; I want to ensure that opportunity is available for other kids too.”
“The library provides invaluable services and access to everyone.”
With your help, we can ensure that the Los Angeles Public Library will be able to thrive well into the next decade and beyond. Consider making a year-end gift to support your library in one of the following ways:
Donate appreciated securities Gifts of appreciated securities, such as stocks and mutual funds, are excellent ways to support the Library and may provide generous tax savings.
Make a tax-free distribution from your IRA
If you are 70 ½ or older, you can donate up to $100,000 – tax-free – from your Individual Retirement Account to support the Library.
Create a Planned Gift
Many Library supporters have chosen to show their commitment to the Library with a gift in their estate plan. This type of gift can be made year-round and can have an incredible impact on the next generation of library lovers.
To learn more about year-end giving opportunities, visitLFLA.ORG/Give. The Library Foundation’s tax ID number is 95-4368250.
Gifts can be sent to: Library Foundation of Los Angeles 630 W. Fifth St. Los Angeles, CA 90071
Thank you again for your support of the Los Angeles Public Library! We look forward to all that 2020 has to offer!