Giving Methods

Donate Now

Just $70 empowers a child in need to choose and own one year’s worth of books. Your contribution today makes a difference of a lifetime.

Make a Pledge

An enduring pledge to support literacy efforts month after month, year after year is simple. Make it part of your healthy eating program: for the price of a coffee and pastry per month, you can support one child for a year. A couple of dinners out each month equates to books for an entire classroom for a year. Make a pledge today.

In Memory/Honor

By giving a gift in memory or honor of someone special, you inspire a passion for reading among some of the nation’s neediest children. What a meaningful, lasting, and progressive way to celebrate a life! Give a gift for someone special today.

Become a Partner

Businesses and organizations can realize their philanthropic goals by supporting Book Trust. Our sponsors play an integral role in bringing Book Trust to some of the neediest students, homes, and communities in America.

Book Trust is thankful to our many sponsors and organizations organizations and foundations) that have demonstrated their commitment to children in their communities.

Become a sponsor today! Contact us to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

Become a Book Trust Benefactor for a Single Student, Classroom, or School

Give a hand up to a student, classroom, or school and receive regular email updates about your “kids” during the school year. Or, make a gift of Benefactor status for people who believe in the power of owning a book.

Creative Giving

In addition to cash, check, money order, or credit card donations, Book Trust will work with you and your financial planner to arrange the following gifts:

  1. Marketable Securities: Marketable securities may be transferred electronically to an account maintained at one or more brokerage firms or delivered physically with the transferor's endorsement or signed stock power (with appropriate signature guarantees) attached.
  2. Bequests and Beneficiary Designations under Revocable Trusts, Life Insurance Policies, Commercial Annuities, and Retirement Plans: Donors may make bequests to Book Trust under their wills and to name Book Trust as the beneficiary under trusts, life insurance policies, commercial annuities and retirement plans.
  3. Charitable Remainder Trusts: Book Trust will accept designation as a remainder beneficiary of charitable remainder trusts.
  4. Charitable Lead Trusts: Book Trust will accept designation as an income beneficiary of charitable lead trusts.

Contact us with questions and for more information on creative ways to give to Book Trust.

Gift Acceptance Policy

We invite you to review Book Trust’s Gift Acceptance Policy which provides give guidance and counsel to those individuals concerned with the planning, promotion, solicitation, receipt, acceptance, management, reporting, use, and disposition of private sector gifts.

All information about donors and prospective donors, including but not limited to their names, the names of their beneficiaries, the nature and amounts of their gifts, and the sizes of their estates will be kept confidential by Book Trust and its representatives, unless the donor grants permission to release such information. All requests by donors for anonymity will be honored, except to the extent that Book Trust is required by law to disclose the identity of donors.

Book Trust will be responsible for good stewardship toward its donors by following these guidelines:

  1. All gifts will be acknowledged within seven days of receipt of the gift in accordance with the federal tax law. Book Trust will sign any IRS form or other documents necessary for the donor to obtain a tax deduction for such gifts, so long as such acknowledgment does not entail valuing the gift.
  2. All gift acknowledgment letters/receipts will be prepared by the executive director or his or her designee.
  3. Gifts to Book Trust shall be reported in a manner consistent with the standards recommended by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) or the National Council on Planned Giving (NCPG).
  4. Files, records, and mailing lists regarding all donors and donor prospects are maintained and controlled by Book Trust. Maximum use will be made of information and contacts that members of the board, various volunteer groups, or the staff have with potential donors. Written reports of interviews and solicitations will be maintained in the donor prospect file and/or computer.
  5. This information is confidential and is strictly for the use of Book Trust board and staff. Use of this information shall be restricted to organization purposes only. Donor has the right to review his or her donor fund file(s).
  6. Donors will be acknowledged by giving levels in an annual report and other publications unless a donor has requested that he or she remain anonymous. All requests for donor anonymity will be honored.
  7. Names of donors will not be provided by Book Trust to other organizations, nor will any lists be sold or given to other organizations.

Contact us if you have questions regarding our gift acceptance policy and guidelines.