Planned Giving

Planned giving allows donors to make a significant or long-term commitment to the Ridgefield Library while also considering their own financial planning goals. Planned gifts can benefit the Library's Annual Appeal or be used to support a number of special giving opportunities. The list below illustrates just a few of the possibilities. Further information is available in private consultation with the Director of Development.

Contact: Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development, 203-438-2282 x 11029

Gifts of Stock

The Ridgefield Library is pleased to accept gifts of appreciated stock, allowing the donor to make a substantial contribution while avoiding capital gains taxes. The donor may also receive an income tax charitable deduction for the full fair market value of the stock at the time of the gift. To ensure proper credit, please contact us as above for transmittal instructions.

Monthly Giving Plan

Pledging a monthly payment to the Annual Appeal or other giving program allows donors to increase their commitment while still managing their cash flow. You may arrange for a monthly recurring credit card charge or ask for convenient reminders prior to each installment. Monthly giving arrangements can now be made online at our secure donation site.

Charitable IRA Distributions

NEW in December 2015! In its final budget negotiations, Congress passed legislation that re-authorized the IRA charitable distribution deduction. Also known as the charitable IRA rollover, this provision originally enacted in 2006 encourages older Americans to give out of their Individual Retirement Accounts. IRA owners age 70-1/2 or older can exclude up to $100,000 a year from income if the IRA funds are paid directly to certain public charities, including the Ridgefield Library. Otherwise, the IRA owner would have to pay tax on the IRA funds before claiming the deduction. Contact the administrator of your IRA for details.

Life Insurance Gifts

Life insurance policies are another very easy way to make a meaningful gift. Name the Library as both the owner and the beneficiary of such a policy, and you are eligible for a charitable deduction approximately equal to the cash value at the time of the gift. There may be other benefits if annual premiums are still being paid; consult your life insurance agent for details.

Gifts of Real Estate

Donating real property such as a home, vacation property or timeshares, or undeveloped land can provide a tax advantage through the possible elimination of capital gains tax liability as well as through a charitable income tax deduction. Benefit calculations for gifts of real estate vary based on many factors; contact the Library or your tax advisor for more information.

Vehicle Donations

Donate your car, boat, truck, RV, Jet Ski or snowmobile to the Ridgefield Library and receive a tax deduction. This no cost, no hassle process begins when you contact our fundraising partner, Donation Line LLC at 877-227-7487. Make sure to ask for our extension, 2919. Or you can click here “Donate Car” to donate online now.

Bequests and Legacy Gifts

The prestigious Morris Legacy Society recognizes those who have made a long-term commitment of support by including the Library in their estate plans. Learn how you can qualify for membership.