Ways to Give

Are you curious, about why our donors support the Chicago Public Library Foundation? They explain their support better than we can:

“Chicago Public Library is the city’s real power station. No other cultural or educational institution delivers more to the entire city.”

“While I love to go to the library for books, the library also serves as an after-school safe haven, a tutoring center, a multimedia room, an employment help center, and so much more.”

No matter what shape a gift takes, our generous donors help make possible Chicago Public Library’s award-winning, life-changing programs and services for Chicagoans of all ages. In addition to leading program support provided by individual, corporate, and foundation partners, there are a number of valuable ways to show your dedication to “the home of the Curious.” We invite you to join us in ensuring that our city’s public library system remains one of the best in the country—and the world.


Get Involved

Our Sandburg Society recognizes annual donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more. This crucial support sustains our work and our Associates Board and Council bring together rising leaders in the community to learn more about Chicago Public Library, to raise important funding, and to spread the good word about all the Library does.

Matching Gifts

Want to increase the impact of your gift? Find out if your employer offers a matching gift program by entering the company name below. It’s easy!

Donor Advised Funds

Donor Advised Funds are the fastest-growing giving method and tax-efficient way to manage charitable donations. Donor Advised Funds allow donors to make a charitable contribution, receive an immediate tax deduction, and then recommend grants from the fund over time.

Clients of Fidelity Charitable, Schwab Charitable, and BNY Mellon can easily make a designation through the DAF Direct window on this page.

In Celebration or Remembrance

Each year, hundreds of Chicagoans make a gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation to recognize family members, colleagues, and friends. To make a gift in honor of a loved one, please visit our donation page.

To select the Chicago Public Library Foundation as the gift recipient of special occasions such as weddings or anniversaries, please contact Veronica Brown at (312) 201-9833 x27 or vbrown@cplfoundation.org.

Stock Gifts

The Chicago Public Library Foundation gladly accepts gifts of stock. You may instruct your broker to transfer the chosen securities to Merrill Lynch, the brokerage arm of US Trust Bank of America.

Account Name: Chicago Public Library Foundation
Merrill Lynch Account Number: 8FH-02011 DTC #8862

Address and Contact Information:

U.S. Trust Bank of America Private Wealth Management
33 W Monroe St, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60603
Attn: James M. Corrigan AVP, Financial Advisor
Email: james.m.corrigan@ml.com
Phone: (312) 269-5025 Fax: (312) 428-4075

Please contact Director of Individual & Major Gifts Audrey Peiper at (312) 201-9830 x26 or apeiper@cplfoundation.org with the details of your generous gift so that it can be properly directed and acknowledged.

Endowment and Planned Gifts

An endowment or estate gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation establishes a legacy that will be enjoyed by new generations of patrons who will visit the Library for dynamic programs and vital resources. Your gift can be designated according to your wishes toward a specific purpose or toward supporting the Foundation’s ongoing work on behalf of Chicago Public Library. The Library Foundation is happy to work with you and your financial advisors. For more information, contact Audrey Peiper at (312) 201-9830 x26 or apeiper@cplfoundation.org.

All donations are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Chicago Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization: EIN 36-3480353.