Create a Legacy

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.

Gifts Through Your WillL

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 simultaneously 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, 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. Or, to learn more 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.