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Legacy Gifts
Planning a Gift to the San Francisco Public Library

A legacy gift represents your values and creates a lasting impact. You may choose to designate support for general purposes of the Library, or your favorite section or function of the Library, such as children’s programming, exhibitions, library staff development, etc. Either way, you will feel deeply rewarded by the knowledge that your investment will have a beneficial impact on our  community for years to come. Legacy giving provides the resources necessary to sustain excellence and preserve the future of the San Francisco Public Library.

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Legal Name: Friends and Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library
Tax ID Number: 94-6085452
Sample Bequest Language

There are as many different ways to support the San Francisco Public Library as there are needs for your support. Planning a gift is more than just finding a need. There are many factors to consider. If you are not familiar with the concepts and strategies of charitable gift planning, you might want to take a moment to consider our quick guide to legacy gifts (Legacy Options) and Factors in Planning.

The stories that follow share some of the different ways people can become partners with us in changing lives. Take a moment to see how they - perhaps in circumstances similar to yours - have found the means to offer support to the charities and causes that are important to them. Just click on the links below.

Types of Gifts


Assets to Consider

Bequests in Wills and Trusts



Charitable Gift Annuities


Retirement Assets

Deferred Charitable Gift Annuities


Appreciated Stock

Charitable Remainder Trusts


Real Estate

Retained Life Estate


Life Insurance

Charitable Lead Trusts


Tangible Personal Property

Bargain Sales



If you have already made a legacy gift, please let us know so we may send you an invitation to our Mary Louise Stong Society Legacy Circle. If you intend to make a planned gift or have any questions, please email ( or call our Executive Director, Marie Ciepiela, at (415) 477-5220 so we may provide you with more information and answer your questions.

Please note, individual financial circumstances will vary. The information on this site does not constitute legal or tax advice. Donor stories and photographs are for purposes of illustration only. As with all tax and estate planning, please consult your attorney or estate specialist. All material is copyrighted and is for viewing purposes only. Use of this site signifies your agreement with the terms of use. The content in this Planned Giving section has been developed for Friends of the San Francisco Public Library by Future Focus. Please report any problems to section webmaster.