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Toronto Public Library Foundation
Together, we build our future.
And your support will help the Library acheive its goals to:
Your support is needed now, more than ever, as the Library strives to achieve its new vision to inform and inspire Torontonians, making us all the more resilient, more knowledgeable, more connected and more successful.
Make a donation to our year-end fund for the future right now.
Making a contribution is easy and convenient. You can do so:
• By phone: Call us at (416) 393-7123 with your credit card donation
• By mail: Send us a cheque (payable to the Toronto Public Library Foundation) to TPL Foundation, 789 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 2G8
• In Branch: Pick up a brochure form or make a donation at your local Library branch
For preschoolers up to 5 years, learning is a lifelong journey that starts here and now – with Toronto’s Library.
Your contribution to our special summer appeal will support the Library’s Ready for Reading program - designed to address the pre-literacy needs of children from birth to age 5. Ready for Reading offers free, high-quality programs, services and resources that support parents and caregivers in the development of important early literacy skills in preschool children in their care, while also encouraging a lifelong love of books and reading.
Demand for Ready for Reading programs and materials has increased with the release, this past March, of the Library’s guide: Let's Get Ready for Reading: A fun and easy guide to help kids become readers.
Your gift today can help ensure that we have:
Click here to read first hand, from TPL Services Specialist, Ready for Reading Outreach, how rewarding your donation makes her job and the lives of those she works with.
Making a contribution is easy and convenient. You can do so:
Did you know that the recent Federal Government Budget has introduced a First-Time Donor Super Credit (FDSC)? What does this mean?
It means that any individual who has not claimed a charitable donation tax credit since 2007, can claim (only once) charitable donations in the 2013 year or in subsequent years ending December 31, 2017 and will be eligible to receive an additional 25% tax credit (for donations up to $1,000).
What does this really mean?
It means that you could make a $200 donation to the Toronto Public Library and the real cost to you would only be $120 once you factor in tax credits.
A $1,000 donation to the Toronto Public Library would have a real cost of $488 after your factor in tax credits.
Always wanted to make that special gift to the Toronto Public Library but never thought you could, now you might be able to. Call 416-397-5924 to find out more.
The Tax Act provides that an individual who makes a gift to a qualified donee can claim a non-refundable tax credit calculated as follows:
15% for the first $200 of total charitable donations made in the year; and
The FDSC will supplement the standard tax credit with an additional 25% tax credit for a first-time donor on up to $1,000 of donations. Under the new rules, the combined federal tax credit available in respect of the first $1,000 given by a first-time donor (anyone who hasn’t claimed charitable donations on their or their spouse's tax returns since 2007) will be as follows:
40% for donations of $200 or less; and
Give the Gift of the Library
To celebrate birthdays, weddings, holidays and all the special events in your life , or in memory of a loved one - you can make a donation in tribute to the imporant people in your life.
With a minimum $10 gift in support of Toronto's Library, you can send an eCARD or have us MAIL a card to your chosen recipient letting them know that a donation was made in their, or their family members' name.
You can choose from a broad range of images from the Library's Special Collections and we'll send a beautiful card to the recipient with a mesasge from you inside.
You can also commemorate your own special event and asks celebrants to donate to the Library in lieu of gifts. You can create a Giving Page through CanadaHelps (which commemorates your birthday, engagement, wedding, anniversary, baby shower, retirement and more by directing guests to the Foundation through your personalized giving page.
Please note: If requested by honouree, and unless instructed otherwise by donor, we will pass a donor's contact information (without donation amount) on for the purpose of personal thank yous.
Collections are the cornerstone of the Library.
We’re appealing to Torontonians to demonstrate your belief in public libraries and in the power of books to open up worlds by making a donation to our special Collections Campaign.
Toronto is a city of readers and learners who seek information in many formats, in a variety of languages and about a number of topics. To meet their needs, Toronto’s Library offers an abundance of materials in a multitude of formats and languages including books, CDs, DVDs, ebooks, and audiobooks.
Torontonians are using their library more than ever. In 2011, circulation of library materials reached its highest level ever: 33 million items were borrowed last year alone, up one million from the year before! That makes Toronto’s Library the busiest urban public library system in the world!
However, this also means we are challenged more than ever before to keep up with demand. To do this, we need your help.
Click here to read a recent letter from Vickery Bowles, the Director of Collections Management & City-Wide Services at the Toronto Public Library. It explains how important your donation can be and how it helps individual Torontonians and the Library as a whole.
You can do so much with a single donation to our Collections campaign.
Imagine - a book purchased with your donation might be the one that:
Please join the campaign to help fill the shelves with books and collections that are as varied and vital as the people who read them.
You can support the campaign and the Foundation, any time, in a number of easy ways:
To be added to our mailing list, please contact Mitzi Reinsilber.
Join our community of sustaining supporters by becoming a monthly donor. The benefits are great:
Simply fill out the attached form, indicating the amount you wish to contribute per month and whether you’d like to do so through your chequing account (attach VOID cheque) or credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express). We deduct the donations on the first of each month and send you your charitable tax receipt for the cumulative amount each year.
You can increase, decrease or cease your donations by contacting us two weeks in advance by:
For further infomration about your right ot canel a PAD agreement, as well as recourse rights, visit your financial institution or the website www.cdnpay.ca
The donation of appreciated stocks, bonds and mutual funds is the most tax-effective way to make a gift during your lifetime or as part of a legacy gift.
For your gift of cash or appreciated securities, bonds or mutual funds you will receive a tax receipt that creates a tax credit. However, the extra tax incentive available for gifts of appreciated publicly listed securities makes stocks the least expensive way to give. Donors receive a tax credit for their gift and have the additional tax incentive of paying no capital gains tax.
The donation of qualifying shares purchased/received through employee stock options would be treated in a similar manner as a gift of publicly listed securities. These donations are therefore eligible for reduced capital gains inclusion rates providing the shares are donated within 30 days after their acquisition and in the year they were acquired.
Patrons of our Literary Circle represent a very special group of donors who demonstrate their commitment to Toronto's Library by making a yearly contribution in support of the Toronto Public Library Foundation. Donors giving between $1,000 and $25,000 during the year are automatically enrolled in the Literary Circle program in recognition of their generosity and love for Toronto's Library.
Our Literary Circle patrons enjoy:
Our Literary Circle patrons provide a vital level of support to the Toronto Public Library Foundation, enabling us to achieve more and better things for the 18 million users that visit Toronto Public Library and its 98 branches each year.
Literary Circle membership is for people who love their Library! For information on how you can make a difference at Toronto Public Library by joining our Literary Circle, please contact Heather Rumball, President, at (416) 393-7134.
Matching gifts are a great way to double your donation and increase its impact. Many employers sponsor matching gift programs and will match any charitable contributions made by their employees. Inquire as to whether your company participates in a matching gift program. If so, request a matching gift form from your employer, and send it with your gift. We will do the rest.
You can direct your donation (minimum $100) to whichever library collection, program or branch that is closest to your heart, or you can make a general donation and the Foundation will allocate the funds towards the Library’s greatest need.
Here are some of the programs and services that benefit from your support:
|Leading to Reading||Home Library Service|
|Adult Literacy Services|
Simply indicate where you want to direct your gift on the donation form in the space provided.
Do you live in the United States but appreciate the Toronto Public Library?
Perhaps you are a frequent user of the Toronto Reference Library when you travel to Toronto, or appreciate access to the Library’s special collections or online digital collections or perhaps a loved one lives in Toronto and is an avid user of the Library.
Whatever the reason you appreciate the Library, you’ll be happy to know that the American Foundation for Toronto Public Library supports the collections and programs of the Toronto Public Library.
The American Foundation for Toronto Public Library is a 501 (c) (3) organization. This means that a gift, cash or in-kind, to the American Foundation for Toronto Public Library can be claimed on your tax return.
The Toronto Public Library Foundation extends a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Library by making a donation between July 1st and September 30th, 2013, including:
Mercedes A. Azárraga In Honour of Eduardo A. Azárraga Jr.
George A. Fierheller
Georgia & Stephen Gerring
Walter M. & Lisa Balfour Bowen
Debbie Gallagher & Charles Zakaib
John & Judith Grant
Mark Schrutt, Ellen Pekilis & Lily Schrutt
Lawrence Freedman & Joy Rosen
Dagmar & Vaclav Taborsky