Administrative Read Reference

Charitable Giving

Illinois Library Association Fund for Illinois Libraries

The Fund for Illinois Libraries was created in 1990 to help Illinois libraries in their fundraising efforts. Libraries often solicit funds from the general public, businesses, and foundations. In some cases, donors are permitted to give only to organizations holding IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. For many libraries this means foregoing a gift, as the time, effort, and costs of establishing and maintaining 501(c)(3) status are prohibitive.

The purpose of the fund is to enable libraries to receive gifts from individuals or organizations that can only make donations only to 501(c)(3) charitable organizations. The Illinois Library Association (ILA) is the administrator for the Fund. In that capacity, ILA provides a fund agreement to participating libraries that allows them to solicit funds and provide the donors with an ILA tax-exempt letter for purposes of documenting the tax-deductibility of their donation. Over the past two years, the Fund has received $248,678 from 34 contributors.

The participating library directs the donor to make the contribution check payable to Illinois Library Association and sent to their offices at:

Illinois Library Association
33 West Grand Ave., Ste. 401
Chicago, IL 60654-6799

The annual fee associated with processing donations in a year is listed on the ILA web site. The library must be an ILA institutional member during the year in which the service is being used. For additional information, contact:

Illinois Library Association
33 W. Grand Ave., Ste. 401
Chicago, IL 60654-6799