Ways to Give

Stock Gifts

Charitable Gifts of Securities Gifts of securities may be wire transferred from your bank or brokerage account to the Chicago Public Library Foundation account at Merrill Lynch, the brokerage arm of US Trust Bank of America. Ask your broker to provide the transfer agents with your name so that we can quickly identify and acknowledge your gift.

Account Name: Chicago Public Library Foundation Merrill Lynch
Account Number: 8FH-02011 DTC #5198
Address and Contact Information U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management 231 S. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor Chicago, IL 60697
Attn: James M. Corrigan AVP, Financial Advisor Email: james.m.corrigan@ml.com Phone: (312) 923-1887 Fax: (312) 428-4075

If the securities are not in a brokerage account or held by a bank, have your financial adviser contact the Chicago Public Library Foundation, and we will assist you in making the transfer. Contact Nancy Lynn at (312) 201-9830, ext. 26 or via email at nlynn@cplfoundation.org.

Matching Gifts

Increase the impact of your gift today. Find out if your employer has a matching gift program by contacting your Human Resources department and submitting the documentation by your company.

We will confirm the gift through your employer’s confirmation process and send it back to your employer to maximize your gift.

Endowment and Planned Gifts

A gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation’s endowment is a gift to the future  — to generations of patrons who’ll rely on Chicago Public Library for programs and self-directed learning that we can’t begin to imagine, today.  Your endowment gift can be designated in a variety of ways, such as for children, or for a specific type of programming, or to support the Foundation’s general operations.

Your tax advisor or attorney can provide you with information about your best options for an estate gift, such as a bequest or a charitable remainder trust, to the Chicago Public Library Foundation. The Chicago Public Library Foundation can work directly with your tax advisors on the details of such agreements.

For information on making an estate gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation, contact Nancy Lynn nlynn@cplfoundation.org for more information or by phone  at (312) 201-9830 ext. 26.

Tribute Gifts

Each year the Chicago Public Library Foundation receives hundreds of gifts from the colleagues, friends and family members of Chicagoans who love their library. Whether for a birthday or anniversary, a graduation or another of life’s milestones, tribute gifts are always an appropriate way to honor an individual, or remember his or her legacy and commitment to lifelong learning. The Honor Gift Information section of our donation page contains specific fields to complete in order to direct your gift in honor or memory of another.

In addition, if you are interested in selecting the Chicago Public Library Foundation as the recipient of gifts for your special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, please contact Veronica Brown vbrown@cplfoundation.org to make arrangements.