When you make a gift to the Library Foundation, it goes right to work to help provide some of the many services and programs available to the public year round. The library is the heart of the community, with over 450 programs available to the public each year. To learn about what’s happening at the library, you can click here to sign up for the online newsletter. The Winthrop Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization registered with the IRS. All gifts are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Winthrop Public Library Foundation Tax ID: 46-4852968

Annual Membership >>
To help the Foundation support the library to the fullest extent, we offer the following annual memberships. Members will be displayed on our wall of donors in the library, and listed in promotional materials and at cultivation events, as long as the membership is active. All members, regardless of level, will be listed in our annual newsletter to the community.

  • Readers Circle Members: $100-$499
  • Library Sponsors: $500-$999
  • Bailey Benefactors: $1,000-$4,999
  • Bailey Gold Benefactors: $5,000+

Your annual membership will make a meaningful difference to the lives of the many and diverse people the library serves, and will allow the library to remain viable for years to come.

Endowment Gifts >>
Establishing a permanent endowment fund in your name or the name of a loved one is a wonderful way to make a gift to support the Bailey Library that will last a lifetime. A contribution of $20,000 or more will establish a named endowment in perpetuity.

Legacy Gifts >>
Planned gifts are a fantastic way of ensuring our library’s excellence for generations to come. The Foundation accepts a variety of planned gifts including Bequests through Wills or Trust, Charitable Gift Annuity, Charitable Remainder Trust, Retirement Plan Assets and Life Insurance Donation.

Matching Gifts >>
Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match charitable contributions made by their employees. To find out if your company has a matching gift program, contact your Human Resources Department. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it completed and signed with your gift. We will do the rest. The impact of your gift may be doubled or possibly tripled! Some companies match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Memorial Book Gifts >>
You may remember a loved one or honor a friend by contributing to the Library Foundation for the purpose of purchasing books for the collection. A memorial gift is a thoughtful way to honor the life and legacy of a loved one. An acknowledgement note is sent to the family. A library Book Plate will be placed in each item added to the collection purchased. Books generally cost between $25 and $50 each. A note is sent to the honoree, letting them know of this special gift. If requested, donors may meet with the Director to determine the best fit for the book plate, but specific titles may not be requested for purchase.

Donate Books >>
Books donated to the library are designated to the Friends of the Bailey Library. The Friends will re-sell your donations at their annual Book Sale. Proceeds from the sale help fund library projects, activities, and materials not covered by the library’s operating budget. The Friends are a separate 501(c)(3) organization from the Foundation or Trustees, with their own mission and bylaws.

The material presented on this website is not offered as estate, legal or tax advice. Please seek the advice of your legal, tax and/or financial advisor(s) to make certain a contemplated gift fits well into your overall circumstances and planning.

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When you support the library you invest in Winthrop. Contact us today to find out how you can help!




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