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Support: Ways to Give

Development pages

The Ridgefield Library is incorporated as a private library association, established as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. While recognized as the provider of public library service for the town of Ridgefield, the Library receives only a portion of its annual operating budget from a town grant. Each year the Library needs private donations totaling 30 cents of every dollar spent. Your generosity enables the Ridgefield Library to continue to offer a wide range of collections, superior programs, state-of-the-art technology, and a stellar staff, and to maintain the outstanding quality of our Library. Donations of all levels are most appreciated and recognized in various categories.

For more information, contact Laureen Bubniak, Director of Development lmbubniak@ridgefieldlibrary.org or call  203-438-2282 x104

Ways to Donate to the Annual Appeal

Donate to the Annual Appeal

  • Gifts may be made as a one-time payment by check or credit card. Click here for a Donation Form to print and mail.
  • Click here to make a secure online Annual Appeal donation by credit card. You can choose to make a one-time gift, or our Sustained Giving Plan allows you to schedule recurring gifts to fulfill your commitment over several months or years.
  • Matching gifts will be counted toward your total giving for the year and recognized accordingly. Click here to learn more.
  • The Ridgefield Library is a qualified recipient of donations through many Employee Giving programs. Click here.
  • Your Annual Appeal gift may be made as a tribute in memory or honor of someone special. Click here.
  • The Ridgefield Library is pleased to accept gifts of stock or securities, a vehicle, or other assets. Click here to learn more about gifts of stock. Click here to learn more about our Vehicle Donation Program.

Click here to see the 2020-2021 Annual Report.
Click here to see the 2019-2020 Annual Report.

 

 

Ridgefield Library Tributes Gift Program

Give to the Ridgefield Library Tributes Gift Program

Tribute gifts in memory or in honor of someone may be designated for use where needed most, or for a donation of $35 or more, a book or other item can be purchased and personalized with a bookplate listing the donor and honoree. The Library will make every effort to choose items in a format or subject area of your preference, subject to our Materials Selection Policy. You will receive a tax acknowledgement, and your honoree or the family of the memorialized individual will be sent a card notifying them of your donation.

Print a Tribute Gift form and send it in with your check.

Give a Tribute Gift online.

Click here for recent tribute gifts.

Noreen L. Papa “Mothers: Live Your Life” Fund of the Ridgefield Library

Give to the Noreen L. Papa “Mothers: Live Your Life” Fund of the Ridgefield Library

Established at the Ridgefield Library in 2014 in partnership with her family and friends, the Mothers: Live Your Life fund honors Noreen L. Papa, a Ridgefield mom, library advocate, and early supporter of the Run Like a Mother 5K who died of colon cancer in 2013. Click here for information about the annual Run Like a Mother 5K, whose sponsors support this fund.

Contributions to this Fund support Library programs and collections dedicated to women’s health and wellness, specifically to educating mothers to take care of themselves so they can take care of others. Donations to the Fund may be dedicated to Noreen or made in honor or memory of another important woman in your life.

Vehicle Donation Program

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 extension 2919.

Or you can Click here  to donate online now.

 

Become a Member

Join the Ridgefield Library Guardian Society

To help secure the future of our beloved institution, we invite you to consider membership in the Ridgefield Library Guardian Society each year. To rise to the challenge of meeting the increasing and ever more diverse needs of the community, we rely on the steadfast commitment of private donors who understand the enduring value of libraries in our society.

Guardian Society donors are individuals, families, and organizations who believe in the Ridgefield Library and are committed to its ongoing success. With an annual financial contribution of $1,000 or more, each donor helps to uphold the Library—our programs, resources, and presence in the town of Ridgefield.

The Guardian Society consists of several levels of annual giving, starting at $1,000:

Chairman’s Circle $10,000 and above

President’s Circle $5,000 – $9,999

Director’s Circle $2,500 – $4,999

Benefactor’s Circle $1,000 – $2,499

  • Gifts may be made as a one-time payment by check or credit card. Click here for a Donation Form to print and mail.
  • Click here to make a secure online Guardian Society donation by credit card. You can choose to make a one-time gift, or our Sustained Giving Plan allows you to schedule recurring gifts to fulfill your commitment over several months or years.
  • Matching gifts will be counted toward your total Guardian Society Commitment for the year and recognized accordingly. Click here to learn more.
  • The Ridgefield Library is a qualified recipient of donations through many Employee Giving Programs. Click here to learn more.
  • Your Guardian Society gift may be made as a tribute in memory or honor of someone special. Click here to learn more.
  • The Ridgefield Library is pleased to accept gifts of stock or securities, a vehicle, or other assets. Click here to learn more about gifts of stock. Click here  to learn more about our Vehicle Donation Program.

Click here for a current list of Guardian Society Members.

Click here for the Guardian Society brochure outlining ways in which members sustain the Library as well as Guardian Society benefits.

Employee Giving Programs

The Ridgefield Library is on the list of eligible charities for many Employee Giving Programs that allow employees to designate the Library as the recipient of their charitable payroll deductions. Contact your Human Resources Department for information about your company’s policy.

 

In-Kind Donations

Your financial contribution helps the Library continue as a community leader providing outstanding opportunities for all. Donations at all levels are greatly appreciated.

Through the generosity of many local businesses, companies, organizations, and individuals, the Ridgefield Library is the recipient of a number of in-kind donations that enhance the programs, services, and special events that the library offers the community.

Click here for a current list of in-kind sponsors to the Ridgefield Library.

Program Sponsorships

The Ridgefield Library is grateful to our sponsors who have helped enrich and expand the many resources and programs the Library is able to offer the community.

Books on the Common, Ridgefield’s independent bookstore, co-sponsors the Library’s Author Talk series, and supports the Library during their Ridgefield Library Days promotion.

The Donofrio Family provides funding for the Donofrio Technology Series.

The Friends of the Ridgefield Library’s financial and volunteer support makes possible many of our most popular offerings, such as annual Summer Reading Program and the Ridgefield Folk Series.

Ridgefield Supply sponsors the Children’s STEAM Programs.

Run Like A Mother Race Sponsors support the Noreen L. Papa “Mothers: Live Your Life” Fund.

The Wadsworth Russell Lewis Fund and the Ridgefield Thrift Shop help the Library present programs that engage the community.

Matching Gifts

The Ridgefield Library is eligible to participate in many corporate matching gift programs, which can increase the value of your gift substantially. All matching gifts are included in total contributions for the year for recognition purposes. You can contact your Human Resources department for information or enter your company’s name in the search box below to get detailed information about its matching gift policies and procedures.

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 for transmittal instructions.