Annual Giving

The Annual Fund is a key source of expendable support that impacts virtually every aspect of library operations. Gifts to the Annual Fund will:

  • Provide for expanded collections – fiction, non-fiction, audiobooks, eBooks, and more;
  • Expand library programming;
  • Enhance resource access; and
  • Support our areas of greatest need.

Even a small gift goes a long way – you can designate your contribution to support what matters most to you, or you can rely on us to allocate your gift where it is most needed.  Whatever the amount, your support will serve to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of our citizens.

Honorarium or Memorial Gift

You may choose to honor or memorialize someone special to you by making a gift in their name.  Should you elect to make a memorial gift, please include the honoree’s name and address so that we may notify that person of your kindness.  In the case of a deceased honoree, please also include the name(s) and address of the family member(s) to whom you would like an acknowledgment sent.  Your gift will be acknowledged with a tax appropriate letter, and notification will be sent to the honoree or honoree’s family that will include your name and address but not the gift amount.

Planned Giving

You can make a bequest to the Shepherdstown Public Library for a percentage of your estate or a specific dollar amount.  You can designate your bequest for general use, or you can restrict its use.  You may also establish an endowment that will honor the memory of a family member or loved one – these endowments will live forever since only the investment income will be used annually.

If you would like to consider the Shepherdstown Public Library in your estate plans, please contact us.  There are many advantages to this form of giving, including a considerable charitable deduction, reduction or avoidance of capital gains tax on appreciated property, possible reduction of gift and estate taxes to provide retention of estate principal for your beneficiaries.  We will work with you to determine the most appropriate financial arrangement for you and your situation.

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