Giving
There are Many Ways to Give to the Library You Love
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Give Online

Make a one-time or recurring online donation using your credit or debit card or withdrawal from a bank account. You can even opt to make your gift go further by covering the 3% transaction fee. After you have submitted your donation, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your donation that can be used as a receipt. A signed acknowledgement will also be mailed to you.

Mail a Check

On your next visit to the library, you can give a check to any of our friendly employees or you can mail your donation to the Foundation. We will send a letter of acknowledgement and tax receipt to you.   

 

Download a donation form and mail with your check to:​

   Lewis & Clark Library Foundation
   120 South Last Chance Gulch
   Helena, MT 59601

Greater Helena Gives

Greater Helena Gives is a 24-hour fundraiser in early May to support the nonprofits around Helena. Starting in 2017 and up to the 2022 event, the Foundation has raised more than $16,000 through Greater Helena Gives. We are grateful for the generosity of our donors!  Visit our GHG page to learn more.

State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign

The annual State Employees Charitable Giving Campaign provides essential funding to nonprofits all across Montana. If you work for the State of Montana, you can include the Library Foundation in your annual giving pledge. 

Amazon Smile

Amazon.com will donate a percentage of your purchases to the Foundation when it is selected as your Amazon Smiles charity. Since participating, the Foundation has received almost $600 in contributions through Amazon Smile!  Learn more information about the Amazon Smile program.

Bookmobile Ads

If you have wondered how to advertise your business or organization on the back of the Bookmobile (that travels all over the county year round), download the Bookmobile Sponsorship form for details!  WoW library book bike sponsorships might be an option in the future. Stay tuned!

Workplace Giving & Matching Gifts

Celebrate a co-worker's birthday with a gift to the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation and we will send birthday greetings and a thank-you to the birthday person!  If your company has a matching grant program, consider doubling your gift!

Art Sales

Artist Receptions are hosted by the Foundation for the local artists who contribute a percentage of their sales to benefit the Library. When you purchase a work of art at the Library, 20% is donated to the Foundation. The artists in the photo are (L-R) Colleen Rogan, Terry Olcott Cohea, Paulette Etchart, and Kate Runnells.

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.  

Tax ID#81-0419768

Planned Giving
Keeps on Giving

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation provides support for a full range of charitable gift planning options and services.  We welcome the opportunity to help you identify tax-wise and beneficial ways to support the Lewis & Clark Library Foundation.

 

Estates

BEQUESTS

A bequest is typically made through a will with the gift distributed upon the donor’s death. The bequest may be a specific item, dollar amount, or a percentage or portion of the donor’s estate.

TRUST DESIGNATIONS

Like a bequest pursuant to a will, a trust designation may designate a specific item, specific dollar amount, or a percentage or portion of a trust.

BENEFICIARY DESIGNATIONS

These may be qualified retirement plans (like an IRA, 401(k), 403(b), SEP-IRA) or payable-on-death accounts.

 

Planned Gifts

A planned gift may qualify for a 40 per cent Montana income tax credit in addition to the federal income tax deduction.

 

Examples of planned gifts are:

CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITY
This is a contract with the donor in which the Foundation promises to pay a fixed amount to one or two beneficiaries in exchange for an irrevocable gift today.

LIFE INSURANCE BENEFIT

A donor may name the Foundation as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or the donor may transfer the entire ownership of his/her life insurance policy to the Foundation.

LIFE & FIXED-TERM INCOME GIFTS

A donor may make an irrevocable gift while retaining an interest for one or more lifetimes or for a fixed term of years (on some gifts). This type of gift allows the donor to increase income, save taxes, and make a charitable gift.

RETAINED LIFE ESTATE

A donor may donate his/her home, vacation home, farm, etc., to an organization while retaining the right to live in it and use it for the remainder of one or more lifetimes, a fixed term of years, or a combination of the two.

Making a Planned Gift

To make a planned gift, first consult with your attorney, financial adviser, estate planning professional, accountant or other appropriate professional before making any material decisions based on information we provide through our web site, social media, printed materials, or other sources.

The Library Foundation Board, its employees or representatives, do not offer legal or financial advice, but are available to discuss the programs and activities of the Lewis & Clark Library and how your gift will make a lasting difference.