Create a Legacy

You can create a legacy to help ensure the Library will be enjoyed by generations to come. This can be done by including The Seattle Public Library Foundation in your will or estate plan or making a gift to an endowment.

Will or Estate Gifts

Planned giving is a way for you to contribute money to the Library Foundation while simultaneously realizing some of your estate and financial planning goals.

Estate planning instruments include wills, trusts, gift annuities, IRAs, real estate and insurance plans that transfer assets at the end of the donor’s life.

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 Library work. They include:

  • Unrestricted Endowment
  • Children’s and Teen Program Endowment
  • Collections and Resources Endowment
  • Programs Endowment
  • Seattle Room Endowment

Endowment Gifts

Gifts at any level may be added to an existing endowment. Establishing an endowment fund in your name or the name of a loved one is a wonderful way to provide ongoing support to Seattle’s libraries. The Foundation has established several levels of named endowments.

  • A named fund may be created in the Foundation’s unrestricted endowment with a gift of $50,000 or more
  • A named fund may be created for one of our existing restricted endowments with a gift of $100,000 or more
  • 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 Library Foundation in your estate plans or set up an endowment, you are invited to become a member of the Legacy Society.

Please contact the Foundation at 206-386-4130 or for information on including the Library in your will or setting up an endowment.