Legacy and Planned Giving

You can help ensure the Library is enjoyed for generations to come through your estate plans. This can be done by including The Seattle Public Library Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, retirement asset, life insurance, or by making a gift to an endowment.

We offer free estate planning seminars twice a year. For more information, please contact us at foundation@supportspl.org or 206.386.4130.

Gifts Through Your Will

A charitable bequest is one of the most meaningful legacies you can provide for your loved ones and your favorite organizations. These types of planned gifts can be a way for you to contribute money to The Seattle Public Library Foundation while also realizing some of your estate and financial planning goals. Click here for sample bequest language.

If you have already made a planned giving arrangement for The Seattle Public Library Foundation with your own attorney, we hope you will complete our confidential form so we can thank you and learn how you would like to be recognized for this gift.

We’ve also partnered with FreeWill to make creating a legacy with the Library easy. In 20 minutes or less, you can use FreeWill’s free online platform to create a will and receive helpful tips on formally validating it. The tool also allows you to select The Seattle Public Library Foundation as a beneficiary organization. Click here to get started on your free will.

If you have questions about including the Library in your estate plans, please contact the Foundation at 206.386.4130 or foundation@supportspl.org.

Gifts Through Endowment

Planned gifts used to fund an endowment are a wonderful way to create an everlasting legacy. Endowment funds are invested strategically to preserve their original value and generate income used to support the Library’s work for generations to come. Establishing an endowment fund in your name or the name of a loved one is a way to provide ongoing support to Seattle’s libraries. The Foundation has established several levels of named endowments below:

  • A named fund may be created in the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment with a gift starting at $50,000.
  • A named fund may be created for one of our existing restricted endowments with a gift starting at $100,000. Existing funds include Children’s and Teen Program Endowment, Collections and Resources Endowment, Programs Endowment and the Seattle Room Endowment.
  • A named endowment restricted for a purpose not currently recognized by the Foundation may be created with a gift of at least $250,000.

Legacy Donor Recognition

When you make a legacy gift by including The Seattle Public Library Foundation in your estate plans or set up an endowment you are invited to become a member of the Library Legacy Society. In recognition of the generosity and foresight of these donors, the Foundation likes to provide special member benefits.

Please contact the Foundation at 206.386.4130 or foundation@supportspl.org for information on including the Library in your will or setting up an endowment.