Donate to the Library
Dear Friend & Supporter,
Thank you for your tremendous support this past year. Library foot traffic averaged 1,000 in-person visits a day and library card sign-ups rose by 45%. These statistics provide RHPL a wellspring of possibilities as we move through this year and beyond. This last year RHPL’s team improved the already exemplary library experience in the following ways:
- Launched “50 Books in a Year,” a year-long reading challenge that encourages adults to read broadly and set aspirational reading goals.
- Offered over 475 educational/concert programs to enlighten and entertain patrons.
- Turned outward with staff and attended many community events, including the Rochester Hills Youth Council Cultural Togetherness Fair, Festival in the Hills (fireworks show), State of the City Block Party, and concerts at Bear Lake Nature Preserve and Good Tyme Festival in Oakland Township.
- Initiated a community-based art for the Summer Reading Program. Patrons were encouraged to write a wish for the community on a colorful ribbon that was tied to garden arbors on the library grounds.
- Completed major capital improvement projects with upgrades to the west and south parking lots and building signage by utilizing fund balance savings.
- Expanded Eureka Lab (makerspace) hours to accommodate more evening appointments and drop-in users.
- Developed a path to citizenship program and hosted over 85 English-language discussion programs with more than 450 people in attendance.
These improvements were made within the library’s current budget, along with financial support from Friends of RHPL and through member contributions like yours. Can we count on your support again this year?
RHPL continues to offer quality library service while being fiscally responsible to the taxpaying community. Your donation stretches RHPL’s funding even more. Each donation builds a stronger library materials collections, engage students in afterschool programs, provide lifelong learning opportunities for adults, and defends against misinformation. Investing in your public library today enriches your tomorrow.
See you at the library!
Donate Books or other material
All materials must be in reasonably good condition.
We cannot accept books that are dirty, moldy, musty, or smelly.
Hardcover and paperback books
Textbooks that are less than 10 years old
CDs, DVDs, Bluray
Books on CD
Software and Books Encyclopedia sets in very good condition and less than 25 years old
Records and Vinyl
WE DO NOT ACCEPT:
National Geographic Magazines
Textbooks over 10 years old
If you have a large donation and need help unloading it, please call the library before coming to make sure there is a volunteer available to help you. Volunteers are generally here Monday through Friday in the morning. For other arrangements, call 248-650-7178.
To Make An Estate or Trust Gift
Would you like to make a gift to the library from your estate? Please discuss the following options with your attorney and choose the best option for you and your tax planning.
These types of gifts are flexible ways to support RHPL’s mission to provide resources to inform, educate, enlighten and entertain the people of our community. Donors may leave a percentage of their estate or a fixed dollar amount. Another option is to name RHPL as a residual beneficiary, leaving the library what remains after specific bequests to loved ones. Your gift may be unrestricted or restricted for a specific purpose.
Sample Trust Agreement (PDF)
Cash: A simple way to give and allow a charitable deduction on both your federal and Michigan income tax.
Stock: In return for a gift of securities, you can receive a gift credit, income tax deduction, and capital gains advantages.
Real estate: A gift of residential, commercial, or undeveloped property can benefit both you and the library.
Personal property: You can receive a gift credit and an income tax deduction and may not pay capital gains tax.
Gifts from your Estate
Assets from an IRA, 401 (k), etc.: You may be able to avoid income and estate taxes and leave other less taxed assets to your beneficiaries.
Proceeds from a life insurance policy: You can make a future gift without affecting current capital assets.
Gifts that Provide Income
Charitable gift annuities, immediate or deferred: You transfer an asset to the library, which pays an annuity throughout the lifetime of the beneficiaries. The principal then is passed to the library.
Charitable remainder trust: You transfer an asset to the library. Each year you receive a percentage of the value of the trust. When the trust terminates, the remainder passes to the library.
Making a Bequest to Rochester Hills Public Library
Your Legacy: The establishment of a bequest is an easy and convenient way to develop substantial future support for a collection, program, or service that is important to you. Charitable gifts made through wills are deductible for estate tax purposes. A charitable bequest may place your estate in a lower tax bracket. You may direct your bequest to a specific department, program, or the Library as a whole.
If you wish to establish a $10,000 endowment fund through your will, you can request that it be named for you or anyone you wish to honor.
Life income gifts allow donors to make a gift of cash or appreciated property to the library while retaining all or a portion of the annual income generated by the asset.
Security of a constant stream of income: Gift annuity plans are advantageous if you prefer the security of constant income throughout your lifetime or for a specific number of years.
Charitable Gift Annuity: A charitable gift annuity is a simple agreement between you and the library that pays you a fixed annual income (in quarterly installments) for life in return for your immediate gift.
Charitable Remainder Annuity Trust: Can enable you to contribute to library while providing yourself and/or a loved one an income for life or a term of years.
For variable or growing income: If you prefer supplemental income and growth potential, you may want to consider the library’s variable income plan.
Charitable Remainder Trust: Can enable you to make a contribution to the library while providing yourself and/or a loved one income for life or a term of years. This type of trust may be tailored to suit your investment objectives.
Transfer Wealth to your Heirs with Tax Savings
A Charitable Lead Trust allows you to make a future transfer of wealth to your heirs while substantially reducing estate and gift taxes. It also provides an income stream to the library for a specific number of years. During a specified number of years, a fixed or variable income is paid to the library, depending on the type of trust created. You may designate how your gift is used at the library. At the end of the trust term the assets are passed to your heirs or a trust for their benefit.
How you can save on Taxes
You receive a charitable tax deduction for the current value of the annual income payments to the Library during the term of the trust. Any appreciation of the trust assets over the term of the trust is not subject to gift or estate tax.
How you can Establish a Charitable Lead Trust
You can establish a Charitable Lead Trust with publicly traded securities, mutual funds, closely-held stock, income-producing real estate, partnership interests, or a combination of the above. Typically, a lead trust is effective for high-net-worth individuals who wish to fund the trust with assets valued at $500,000 or more.