Sanilac District Library
"Growing To Meet Your Needs"
"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give." Winston Churchhill.
The "Growing to Meet Your Needs" program provides a variety of opportunities to support Sanilac District Library and benefit our community. Contributions to Sanilac District Library provide a lasting source of enjoyment and enlightenment to all of our library patrons.
Sanilac District Library is extremely grateful for all contributions. Donors to our "Growing To Meet Your Needs" fund will be publicly acknowledged (unless anonymity is requested) and permanently recognized in the library. Please visit our Donor Recognition Page.
Contributions may be used to provide audio books, books, building improvements, CDs, computers, equipment, furniture, landscaping, magazine subscriptions, movies, technology upgrades and other library needs or projects that may not be part of the library operating budget. The Library Director will select appropriate items according to your suggestions.
Thank you for your consideration in making a donation. Check out the Ways To Give information below. Please make checks payable to Sanilac District Library. You will be given a receipt for your tax deductible donation. If you have any questions, contact the Library Director for further information.
Ways to Give
Sanilac District Library offers over 100 magazines in a wide range of topics for all age groups. Adopting magazine subscriptions helps the library provide more of the materials that our patrons enjoy. If you would like to participate, contact the library for title suggestions and prices. Or simply give the amount you can afford and the money will be included in our magazine budget.
Your generous check, payable to the Sanilac District Library will be an investment in the future of our community.
Commemorative / Honorariums / Memorial Gifts
Individual, family or business gifts may be made 'in honor of' or 'in memory of' a loved one or friend. These donations to the library offer an opportunity to remember that person in a way that will be a lasting source of enjoyment and enlightenment for all our library patrons. Monetary gifts may also commemorate a special occasion such as a birthday, graduation, anniversary or retirement.
Anyone aged 70½ or older may give up to $100,000 from a 401K directly to the library or a nonprofit (501(c)(3) without tax penalty. Check with your financial advisor.
Gifts In Kind
Individuals or businesses may choose to donate materials, furnishings or labor for specific projects. These contributions must be approved and when accepted will be coordinated by the Library Director.
You may be able to "double your dollars" to the library if your employer offers a matching gift program,. Contact your human resource department.
Gifts of real property, including estate, art, vehicles, jewelry, etc. will be evaluated and accepted or declined on an individual basis.
You may choose to make a pledge, payable over a period of several years, to allow you to maximize your gift to the library.
Gifts of appreciated securities are welcome and may provide tax advantages.
Designating Sanilac District Library in your estate planning through a bequest, endowment, trust or other method creates a lasting legacy to support Sanilac District Library.
Making a Planned Gift Is Simple
A bequest is a gift made through a will or trust. There are several ways to make a bequest:
- Specific dollar amount
- Percentage of the estate
- Specific Asset
- Balance or residue of the estate
Donors may choose to restrict their bequest to Sanilac District Library for a specific collection or program. They also may choose to memorialize or honor a family member by establishing a named fund that will provide support to the donor’s area of interest.
Endowment funds protect the gift in perpetuity by restricting the principal and distributing an annual payout from the investment. A restricted bequest should be made in the broadest terms possible consistent with the donor’s interest to make sure the purpose of the bequest meets the changing needs of Sanilac District Library and does not become obsolete in the long term.
Sample Bequest Language to Contribute a Gift
(Minimum Contribution – None)
I devise to the Sanilac District Library, a public library in Port Sanilac, Michigan, the sum of $__________ (describe devise—for example “One Thousand Dollars” or “percentage of my estate”) to be held, administered and used by the Sanilac District Library Board of Trustees for the support of the Library. (You may specify the charitable purpose—for example, “collection development, furniture, improvements to the facility, operational expenses, programs, Story Time garden or technology upgrades).
Sample Bequest Language to Establish a Named Fund
(Minimum Contribution - $25,000)
I devise to the Sanilac District Library, a public library in Port Sanilac, Michigan, the sum of $_________________ (describe devise—for example “Thirty Thousand Dollars” or “percentage of my estate”) to be held, administered and used by the Sanilac District Library Board of Trustees for the establishment of an endowed fund to be known as the _____________ Fund. (Insert your name, or the name of the person you are honoring or memorializing). The earnings from this fund are to be disbursed in accordance with the Sanilac District Library’s spending guidelines and used to support the Sanilac District Library’s _______________. (You may specify the charitable purpose—for example, “collection development, furniture, improvements to the facility, operational expenses, programs, Story Time garden or technology upgrades).
Your contribution is deductible in the year of payment as an itemized deduction for state and federal income tax purposes.
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