Ways to Support the Prescott Public Library

The role of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library is that of a catalyst, matching the special interests of potential donors with specific Library needs. The funds and management of the Friends of the Prescott Public Library exist separate and apart from the City of Prescott and its appointees. The Friends organization is committed to building a greater library, but it will not use funds it raises to meet library needs that are traditionally the responsibility of the City of Prescott (i.e. personnel & operations). Rather, Friends resources will be devoted exclusively to developing and augmenting Library resources which are not otherwise provided for.

The Friends of the Prescott Public Library is a 501(c)(3) public charity, as defined by the Internal Revenue Service.  A gift to the Friends of the Prescott Public Library is an enduring gift which creates a margin of excellence in the Library system for all the citizens of our community. Many gifts offer significant tax benefits to the donor, and can be made through one or more of the following programs:

You may choose to name the Friends of the Prescott Public Library as a beneficiary in your will. A charitable bequest for the Friends can be included in your will when it is written or revised or it may be added through a codicil, a separate document amending your existing will. All charitable bequests are fully deductible from your gross estate so are not subject to estate taxation.
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Individual endowments (permanent funds for support) can be established for an appropriate purpose requested by the donor ($5,000 minimum donation) or directed to the general endowment fund which supports all divisions of the library system.

Planned or Deferred Gifts
This type of contribution is planned during the donor’s lifetime with the resulting benefit to the Friends of the Prescott Public Library deferred until a future date. The donor can benefit from lowered estate taxes in some instances with this plan.

Gifts of Insurance
Life insurance may be a current or deferred gift. A paid-up life insurance policy can be transferred to the Friends of the Prescott Public Library as irrevocable owner of the policy.

Charitable lead trusts or charitable remainder trusts are excellent vehicles for significant giving and can offer major tax benefits to donors. Please secure professional advice prior to making any commitments to insure the best possible result for your generosity.

Unrestricted Gifts
If you choose to make an unrestricted gift to the Friends of the Prescott Public Library, the funds would be utilized for either immediate or long range Library needs in accordance with guidance provided by the Library Director.

Matching Contributions
Many employers have programs that match employee contributions to eligible charities. These programs multiply the impact of your gift. In most cases, the Friends of the Prescott Public Library qualifies for these matching gifts.

Memorial Book Fund Gifts
Memorial book funds may be set up in two ways.

  • A memorial endowment fund may be established in the Friends of the Prescott Public Library endowment, with the interest on these funds disbursed annually to purchase books as directed by the donor. Due to the costs of administering segregated funds, the minimum donation required to establish a memorial book endowment fund (as it is with all other separate endowment funds) is $5,000.
  • Donations may be made by you, your business or your organization to the Friends of the Prescott Public Library to make a one-time purchase of books or other Library materials (as directed by the donor) in honor of those living as well as those individuals who live on in our memories.

Books or other Library materials purchased as memorial gifts will carry personalized bookplates and will be placed on display at the library just inside the Goodwin Street entrance to the library.  These memorial items may be checked out immediately and the items in the display will change frequently as new memorial items are acquired.

To make a gift to the Friends, checks can be mailed to or dropped off at: Prescott Public Library, 215 E Goodwin St., Prescott AZ 86303 OR please  contact:

Toni Johnson
Library Manager, Support Services
Prescott Public Library
215 E Goodwin Street
Prescott, AZ 86303