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Sparking curiosity and connecting our community through literacy and learning.

Connecting our community to the wonder of learning is at the core of our mission. Your gift ensures that equitable access is provided for everyone in the Topeka and Shawnee County Community.

We know that giving is a personal commitment and there is no one-size fits all best way. Below are some options of how you can make an impact in our community through the services and programs of the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library.

Ways to Give

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In Honor / Memorials

The Library Foundation welcomes gifts honoring or memorializing you or someone you love. Click the link below to make a gift in honor of your loved one. Need to set up a memorial gift option? Give us a call at 785-580-4498 or email us at With a gift of $15,000 or more, a permanent named fund may be established. Only the income will be used. The principle is kept intact to assure an enduring legacy. You can perpetuate the values that are most important to you.

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Give Online

Giving online is easy, fast and secure. Just click the link below.

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Become A Wilder Society Member

Become a Wilder Society Member by making known a planned gift occurring during or after your lifetime.

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Planned Giving

Planned giving, or gift planning, is a charitable gift made in lifetime or at death as part of a donor's overall financial plan and/or estate plan. We encourage you to give us a call about including The Library Foundation in your financial planning. 785-580-4498 To include The Library Foundation in your financial plan or estate you can simple add - I give to The Library Foundation, a Kansas non-profit corporation, 1515 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka, Kansas 66604-1374, (Federal Tax I.D. #48-0956441), the amount of $________ or ________% of the residue of my estate for general purposes.

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Mail your Gift

Please send your mailed donations to: The Library Foundation 1515 SW 10th Avenue Topeka, KS 66604-1374 Please put The Library Foundation as the Pay to Order with any fund or special information in the memo line.

DAFs - Donor Advised Funds

Interested in giving from your Donor Advised Fund? Just let your advisor know that you wish to donate to The Library Foundation, 1515 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66604 - Tax ID# 48-0956441 Then let us know -

Electronic Funds Transfer

Set-up a monthly contribution conveniently and safely paid through your bank. Just complete the Authorization Form and return it to us. Or give us a call - 785-580-4498 Click the Link below to download a PDF form

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Gifts of Cash

If you itemize on your tax return, cash gifts can be deducted. Your check should be made payable to The Library Foundation. If you wish to make a donation of cash currency, we recommend setting a time to meet with one of The Library Foundation employees - please give us a call at 785-580-4498.

Appreciated Securities

Appreciated stock (held more than one year) makes an excellent gift. You avoid all capital gain taxes (generally 15% of the appreciation) and receive a charitable tax deduction for the stock’s market value at the time of transfer. Click below to learn how to make stock and securities gifts to The Library Foundation.

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Bequest Through Will or Trust

One of the most simple and popular ways to make a gift that will live after you is to give through your will or trust. You can make a bequest to sustain the library by providing a dollar amount, specific property, a percentage of your estate, or what is left (remainder) to The Library Foundation. Such a designation can reduce your estate taxes. In many cases, a simple codicil to the will can add The Library Foundation and does not require rewriting your most recent will.

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Retirement Accounts and Pension Plans

Retirement account funds (IRA’s or company plans) beyond the comfortable support of yourself or loved ones may be given to The Library Foundation by proper beneficiary designation. Large pension plan assets can be subject to double or triple taxation (federal income tax, state income tax, and federal estate taxes, if applicable.) These taxes can substantially eliminate the benefit to heirs if tax-wise alternative planning is not arranged.

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P.O.D. Provisions

P.O.D. stands for “Payable on Death”. You retain full ownership and full control during your life. At your death, the account balance is paid to your named beneficiary, The Library Foundation, immediately and without probate.

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Charitable Remainder Trusts

Donors and spouses can benefit from life-long payments from such a trust. The donor selects the rate of return from these income arrangements and also chooses a fixed or fluctuating annual payment to be made to the designated parties as long as they live. Estate and capital gain taxes may be completely bypassed and you will receive a current income tax deduction based on the age of the income recipient and the rate of return chosen.

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Gift of Life Insurance

Insurance is another simple way to make a substantial future gift at a level that might not be possible with a cash gift.

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Gift of Real Estate

For some individuals, a gift of land, a house, or vacation home is a preferred way to make a gift. You will receive a tax deduction for the full market value, avoid all capital gain taxes and remove this asset from future estate taxes. One option is to give real estate retaining a life tenancy. This provides a substantial income tax deduction by giving (deeding) your property to The Library Foundation now. You continue to live there, maintain the property as usual and even receive any income it generates. At your death, the property will be sold and the proceeds used to support the library.

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Estate Planning Guide

Use this handy Estate Planning Guide to get your thoughts in order prior to meeting with a legal advisor.

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