Explore the many ways to support your Library.

A variety of ways to support the Pierce County Library Foundation exist. Whether you want to make an annual gift, a monthly gift or something more significant, the Foundation is here to help.

Continued support from community members like you allows the Foundation to fulfill its mission to ensure the Library can build its collection of materials, invest in digital resources including e-books and audiobooks, and continue to offer the valuable community-based programs and services that benefit us every day.

Please contact us for more information about making a gift using your donor-advised fund.

Whether you enjoy the Summer Reading Program, check out items from the ever-growing e-collection, or use digital resources such as the Job + Business center, ongoing contributions provide a steady stream of funding that enhances library services.

Make your recurring gift here!

The Corporate and Foundation Giving Program offers rewarding recognition opportunities for local businesses, corporations and foundations that make significant investments in Pierce County Library System services and programs.

Learn more about the benefits of being a corporate sponsor.

Contact Christina Greene, Foundation Officer for Operations and Engagement, at 253-548-3458 to discover giving opportunities.

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Your Story. Your Legacy. Your Library.

A bequest can be the most powerful charitable gift you make.

As you reflect on your legacy, we invite you to consider the many ways you can preserve your estate for your family and continue to build a strong, thriving Library for decades to come.

Leave a Legacy Bequest Tool

Beneficiary Designation

Outside Bequests

Ready to get started? Access FreeWill tools and resources to write your will and continue to support the work of the Foundation for generations to come.

Bequest in your Will or Trust

Here are common types of bequests to consider:

  • Residential bequest – A percent of the remainder of your estate after other specific legacies have been fulfilled.
  • Specific bequest – A specific dollar amount, stated percentage of your estate, or a specified gift-in-kind such as collections, arts, books, jewelry, etc.
  • Contingent bequest – A gift that is originally intended for other beneficiaries but, in the event of their prior passing, is redirected as a charitable donation.
  • Sample will language

You can make a beneficiary designation in support of Pierce County Library Foundation. Follow the prompts to disclose your designation.

Learn about some of the common beneficiary designation gift types.

Have you included the Foundation in your will or trust? Please let us know.

These gifts often include donor-appreciated real estate such as a home, vacation property, undeveloped land, or commercial properties.

Often when making gifts of real estate, you can make this gift while continuing to use the property throughout your lifetime, and you may even receive a tax deduction for your gift.

Stocks, bonds or any other securities can be transferred as gifts. Stock gifts benefit both Pierce County Library Foundation and Foundation donors.

If the stock has appreciated in value, the holder can avoid paying the capital gains by giving it as a gift.

It is a Foundation policy to immediately convert all stock transfers to cash at the time of gift receipt. Your tax deduction will be determined at the time the stock gift is exercised by the Foundation and is equal to the difference between the option price and the stock value.

Make a Gift of Stock today!

Fred Meyer Community Rewards
You can support Pierce County Library Foundation every time you shop at Fred Meyer by following these easy steps:

  1. Get a Fred Meyer Rewards Card
  2. Click on My Account – Community Rewards
  3. Search for Pierce County Library Foundation by name or with our Nonprofit Number – FA743.

Give with Bing Rewards
Now you can support Pierce County Library Foundation just by searching the web. Join Give with Bing and earn points from Microsoft Rewards that turn into real donations for us!

Join the Memoir Society Today!

The Memoir Society is a growing group of friends who have made an enduring gift to the Foundation through their estate plans. These gifts help us plan for a stronger future for the benefit of Pierce County Library System, as well as celebrate donors who extend their community impact beyond their lifetimes.

Memoir Society Membership Benefits 

The benefits of leaving a bequest gift to the Foundation

  • It’s easy to do and it’s revocable. You make changes to your bequest plan at any time.
  • You can gift a percentage or specific amount of your estate or property.
  • Your unrestricted bequest will help build and strengthen our endowment, ensuring future generations with invaluable Library programs and services.

Thank you for considering writing a new chapter in your memoir and your commitment to strengthen the future of your Pierce County Library System.

Contact Dean Carrell at 253-548-3456 to learn more.

We encourage you to consult with a professional advisor prior to making or structuring a planned gift to understand the best options for your unique situation. 

Endowment gifts are a wonderful way to create an everlasting legacy. Endowed funds are invested strategically to preserve their original value and generate income used to support the Library’s work for generations to come.

They enable the Library Foundation to protect endowed monies for future needs and provide annual revenue based on the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation’s Endowment Spending Policy. GTCF handles all administrative details including investment management, eliminating the need to create an investment policy and monitor investments.

Endowment Areas of Support

1) Children’s Literacy

Payouts from these endowments support the purchase of books for the children’s collection and outreach program, and enable children and teens to participate in programs designed to engage curiosity and encourage their love of books and reading. Endowments supporting children are a vital resource for Pierce County youth and their families.

Funded by:

Ethel M. McIntyre Outreach Endowment Fund

2) Collection

Payouts from Collections Endowments focus on materials to integrate learning and reading into daily life. Selections include e-books, audiobooks, music and film, and extensive online content.

Funded by:

Margaret K. Ellis Endowment Endowment (Key Center Library)

Carolyn Else Endowment for Library Collections

Danae Rideout Steilacoom Library Endowment Fund

3) Unrestricted

Payouts from unrestricted endowments are used to support the Library with the ultimate flexibility in responding to critical and strategic needs.

Funded by:

Anonymous Endowment

The Pierce County Library Foundation Endowment

If you would like more information about Pierce County Library Foundation endowments, contact us at foundation@piercecountylibrary.org.

Additional Resources

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