Invest in a Stronger Community

Even in a city that loves its libraries, public funding isn’t enough for libraries to provide all the important resources that residents seek.

The Library, part of the City of Saint Paul, depends on the generosity of Friends like you to support those resources. As an independent nonprofit, The Friends invests in libraries so that they, and the communities they serve, thrive.

Ways to Give

Your investment in the library that strengthens our community is more essential now than ever.
Join us in support today by making a gift.

If you'd like to make a gift by mail, please send your check to:
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Lockbox 446078, P.O. Box 64018, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0018.

Legacy Gifts

How to Plan Your Giving

There are many creative and flexible giving options to achieve your unique charitable vision. By pledging your commitment, you join a community of supporters who believe in the library and are honored as members of the John & Myrtle Briggs Circle. Here are some of the most popular planned giving options amongst donors today:

Bequest by Will or Trust
An easy way to make a lasting gift to the causes that are important to you during your life is to make a bequest through your will or trust. By simply including information in your estate planning documents, you can easily establish a charitable fund (or add to an existing fund) at The Friends that speaks to your charitable intentions. The bequest can be for a specific dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or residue of the estate.

Here is some sample bequest language you may want to share with your attorney:

“I give and devise to The Friends of The Saint Paul Public Library, located in St. Paul, MN, all (or state a dollar amount or a percentage) of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to be used for its general support.”

Retirement Plan
Naming The Friends as a beneficiary of your retirement plan - such as IRA, Keogh, 401(k) and 403(b) – is an opportunity to benefit your library and your heirs. These assets are the most heavily taxed; so it may be more effective for you to transfer assets to a tax-exempt organization, such as The Friends, and leave assets not subject to income tax to your heirs.

Life Insurance
By naming The Friends as a beneficiary of your life insurance policy, you can make a much larger gift than what you possibly could make during your lifetime. There are a number of different ways you can gift a life insurance policy. You can irrevocably name The Friends as the owner of an existing policy, deduct a calculated value of the policy as a charitable gift or choose to name The Friends as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy that you continue to own. Charitable gifts made to The Friends to pay any future premiums are eligible for a tax deduction in the year the gifts are made.

The Friends’ Federal Tax ID # is: 41-6029683

Be sure to consult your legal or tax adviser on how specific rules may apply to your situation.

For more information, call 651-222-3242 and ask about planned giving.

Donor-Advised Funds (DAF)

How to Give through a Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund (DAF) allows you to support the library that matters to you and your community, in easy cost-effective ways. By setting up a DAF, you can receive an immediate tax-benefit and conveniently recommend grants to qualified charities like The Friends.

To make a grant from your established donor-advised fund:
1. Request a grant distribution through your DAF sponsor. Or click the link above to find your DAF and give now.
2. Be sure to use The Friends’ Federal Tax ID (EIN) #: 41-6029683
3. Please request for your name and address to be included or inform The Friends of your gift so we can thank you for your generosity.

To send a grant by mail, please address it to:
The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, Lockbox 446078, P.O. Box 64018, Saint Paul, MN 55164-0018.

Be sure to consult your DAF sponsor or tax adviser on how specific rules may apply to your situation.

For more information, call 651-222-3242 and ask about donor-advised funds.

Matching Gifts

How to Check if Your Gift Qualifies for a Match

Utilizing your employer’s matching gift benefit is often as easy as filling out an online form. Talk to your employee benefits representative or visit your benefits website to see if your company has a matching gift program. Many employers will double or even triple your support, allowing you to make a greater impact on our library and our community.

The Friends’ Federal Tax ID # is: 41-6029683

For more information, call 651-222-3242 and ask about matching gifts.

IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions

How You May Benefit if You Are Age 70 ½ +

If you are 70½ years of age or older, you may be able to support The Friends in a new, beneficial way. Making a gift directly from your individual retirement account (IRA) counts toward your annual required minimum distribution.

Be sure to consult your legal or tax adviser on how specific rules may apply to your situation.

The Friends’ Federal Tax ID # is: 41-6029683

For more information, call 651-222-3242 and ask about IRA gifts.

CARES Act 2020

How You May Benefit with a Tax-Deductible Gift

As part of the CARES act, up to $300 in charitable cash contributions to qualified organizations, including The Friends, can be claimed as an “above-the-line” deduction.

Consult with your tax advisor to see how you can benefit on your 2020 filing.

The Friends’ Federal Tax ID # is: 41-6029683

For more information, call 651-222-3242 and ask about the CARES act.