Giving Tuesday - Which Book Would You Choose?
On December 3rd we ask, Which Book Would You Choose? to add to the Calgary Public Library's children collection. We have developed a special program in concert with the national event of Giving Tuesday. Our campaign will be announced on Canada AM on Monday December 2 along with a Calgary Mayoral proclamation of Giving Tuesday.
Through the month of December for only $10 someone can add a children’s book to the collection and we have an anonymous donor matching every donation – in fact adding two children books to the collection!
You can pick up one of the four collectable bookmarks in any Library!
Simply text GTBOOKS to 20222
or call 403-221-2002
The Calgary Public Library Foundation has established the Library Flood Recovery Fund. With extensive damage at the Central Library and thousands of books destroyed the full extent of the impact is yet to be determined. The Library and the City of Calgary are assessing damages and the repairs required. Once insurance and other flood coverage is determined, the Foundation will allocate the Fund appropriately including enhancing collections and future events/workshops on disaster recovery.
The Fund has already supported Library branches to provide immediate comfort and respite for those impacted by the flooding. As well it funded a Flood Resources Pamphlet for branches and also delivered by Library volunteers to select areas of the city. Thank you so much for your generous support. Along with nearly 1000 of your fellow Calgarians, you have already helped us raise over $200,000. We invite you to support the Library Flood Recovery Fund.
Our 20,000 Books Under The Bow event was held on Saturday July 27, 2013 in order to purchase new collections for the Library. Early estimates suggest over 200,000 books, DVDs and CDs were donated - 10 times the goal. They weigh in at over 200,000 lbs!! We have also had Calgarians support the Library through a garage sale or other event and we have a poster for you to use - Library Flood Recovery Poster.
About the Foundation
Calgary Public Library Foundation
2nd Floor - Memorial Park Library
1221 2nd Street SW
Calgary AB T2R 0W5
Fax: (403) 234-8763
Monday to Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please use the back door and ring the Foundation buzzer outside of Library hours
Charitable Registration Number 87292-3537-RR-0001
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The Calgary Public Library Foundation’s sole purpose is to ensure through fundraising that the citizens of Calgary have the best public Library in the world.
Treat our donors well
Respect donated funds
Innovate fundraising practices
- Elevate the cause of the Calgary Public Library in the hearts and minds of Calgarians
- Build a distinct and effective Foundation brand
- Enlarge the donor base and become a foundation of choice for giving in Calgary
- Leverage the assets of the Library and Foundation to increase giving
- Build partnerships for the net benefit of the Library, the Foundation, the Donor Organization and most importantly the citizens of Calgary
- Be a leader for change in Library fundraising in Calgary and beyond
- Maintain an active and engaged Board dedicated to the mission
- Share our practices for the benefit of non-profits everywhere
- Benchmark all our activities quarterly for fast analysis and opportunities to pivot
Ways to Give
Donate Stock and Securities
The Calgary Public Library Foundation is pleased to accept gifts of marketable stock and securities. You can download this form and please email or call Paul McIntyre Royston at 403-355-3302 or firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Leave a Library Legacy
The Calgary Public Library Foundation welcomes legacy gifts such as bequests, charitable gift annuities, life insurance and RRSP/RRIFs. We recommend you connect with your financial advisor on the best way to leave a Library legacy.
- Bequest The most common type of planned gift is a charitable bequest made in a Will. A bequest can take the form of cash, securities, asset, donation of all or residue of the estate. Charitable receipts up to 100% of the your net income can be claimed as a charitable donation in the year of death (and preceding year, if necessary). A charitable bequest can produce a considerable tax savings.
- Charitable Gift Annuity Allows you to make an irrevocable donation of cash or investments to a charity and at the same time provides a guaranteed fixed income for life. The key with a charitable gift annuity is determining the amount of after-tax income you require. An immediate tax receipt is available for the portion of the gift that is donated to the Calgary Public Library Foundaiton. The payments are fixed for life, and depending on the age, a substantial portion of the income may be tax-free. A charitable gift annuity avoids probate taxes to the estate upon death.
- Life Insurance Life insurance can be an excellent vehicle for charitable giving. Charitable donations can be made through an existing or new life insurance policy. This can be done one of three ways:
- Donating an existing life insurance policy – name the Calgary Public Library Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of the policy
- Purchase a new policy designating the Calgary Public Library Foundation as the owner and irrevocable beneficiary
- Donate a policy through your will naming the Calgary Public Library Foundation as beneficiary.
There are also three ways to receive benefits:
- You may be eligible for a tax credit for the donation of an insurance policy, provided the Library Foundation is the owner and irrevocable beneficiary of the policy at the time of the donation
- You will receive a tax receipt for your policy annual premium payments and the Calgary Public Library Foundation will receive the life insurance proceeds for that policy upon death
- Upon death, your estate will receive a tax receipt for the value of the life insurance policy
- RRSP / RRIF Many people have significant assets in their RRSPs and RRIFs. Naming your spouse as the designated beneficiary of those plans will defer the tax liability. However, on death of the surviving spouse, the full proceeds of the RRSP/RRIF will be taxed as income in the year of death. In this instance, naming the Calgary Public Library Foundation as the beneficiary will offset the tax and will eliminate the probate fees related to the estate plan. Your estate will receive a donation receipt for the full amount of the gift. You will save probate fees and any assets that pass directly to the beneficiary without probate will remain private and confidential unlike those distributed through a will.
- Donate Books The Calgary Public Library Foundation accepts donations of books, please click here for all the details.
- Donate Your Car The Calgary Public Library Foundation has partnered with Donate A Car Canada to accept vehicle donations. To donate a car, truck, RV, boat, motorcycle or other vehicle to the Foundation simply fill out the DONATE NOW tab at www.donatecar.ca. A Donate A Car representative will contact you after you submit your requese to confirm pickup or delivery. When you donate your car it will either be recycled or sold at auction depending on its condition, age and location. Donate A Car Canada will look after everything to make your donation easy to enable you to support the Calgary Public Library Foundation.