Giving to the University Library
The University Library supports Berkeley’s intellectual vitality and innovative thinking in all departments, for all faculty and students. And in an era marked by a rapidly evolving information landscape, the Library’s role as the gateway to knowledge is increasingly important.
Revitalizing Moffitt Library is our primary fundraising goal.The vision for the new Moffitt is a welcoming environment that will foster a vibrant community of scholarship for our undergraduates, and will provide for interdisciplinary, collaborative learning.
The Library Fund
Gifts to the Library Fund may be cash, securities, or credit card payments, or pledges (in one sum, monthly, or quarterly installments). Matching gifts from a donor's employer are added to the Library Fund and to an individual's giving totals.
Subject Specialty Libraries
Memorial and Honorific Gifts
Direct cash gifts are the most common form of giving and can be unrestricted or designated for a specific project, program, or department. Gifts of cash may be made outright or used to fund a planned gift; they are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by law. Checks should be made payable to "The Library Fund." Make a Gift Online or by mail!
An endowed fund is established in perpetuity and has a continuing impact on the life of the Library and thus the entire University. Endowed funds may be established to support the purchase or preservation of library materials, instruction or research programs, a lecture series, or a host of other purposes. A named endowment requires a minimum gift of $50,000. The University invests endowments carefully to achieve a healthy rate of return that provides for both current needs and long-term growth. If you establish an endowed fund, the Library will provide you with periodic financial updates and reports.
Planned gifts and bequests
A planned gift can be structured to fulfill a long-desired philanthropic interest and may also allow you to increase income, save taxes, and make a legacy gift to the Library that might not otherwise be possible.
Charitable Gift Annuities are a fixed-income plan that pays the donor or another person (or both) guaranteed annual income for life. The rate of payout is determined by the beneficiary's age.
Pooled-Income Funds enable a donor to make a tax-deductible gift to the Library and provide income to one or more individuals for life. After the lifetime of the last income beneficiary, the corresponding interest in the pooled fund is transferred to the UC Berkeley Library.
Charitable Remainder Trusts are flexible financial instruments that enable the donor to claim a tax deduction the year the gift is made, provide a stream of income for the donor or a designated individual during their lifetime, and ultimately leave a significant gift for the Library. You may fund a trust with a gift of cash, appreciated securities, real estate, or other non-cash assets.
A bequest is the result of careful planning for the best philanthropic use of assets that have taken a lifetime of work, care, and stewardship to build or preserve. The bequest may be a specific sum or a percentage of an estate that may provide a very significant gif for the Library.
Residences, including vacation homes and farms, can provide a gift that allows the donor to realize a tax deduction, avoid capital gains taxes, retain lifetime occupancy for herself or himself and/or another person, and provide support for Cal's Library. Contact the Library Development Office for detailed guidelines.
The Library will gratefully consider all gifts of recorded information which meet the instructional and research needs of the Berkeley academic community. Questions about gifts to the Library should be directed to Dirk Kennedy (dkennedy[at]library.berkeley.edu). Because the Gifts Unit is staffed on a part-time basis, your questions about gifts of materials may not be answered immediately. We will make every effort to reply to your inquiry as quickly as possible.
Outright gifts of securities (stocks, bonds, and mutual fund shares) may be more economical than giving cash and may enable you to give more than you could otherwise afford. Contact the Library Development Office for detailed guidelines.
University of California, Berkeley LibrariesClick on libraries with a *star for specific giving information.
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