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DONATIONS

In celebration of MLA's 130 Anniversary, we’ve made it easy to contribute a small gift or a large gift --  $13, $130, or $1,300. Celebrate the longevity of the Michigan library community by contributing a gift to help grow MLA's educational and equity scholarship funds. If you would like to consider a legacy gift please call us at (517) 394-2774.

 

You can make an important contribution to support our work and the values we hold dear; uniting Michigan libraries, advocating for ALL libraries and advancing the library profession by supporting library staff in their careers through education and professional development opportunities.

MLA has special funds addressing vital issues such as education, advocacy and intellectual freedom that are integral to the values and mission of the organization. All contributions are tax-deductible! With your support, MLA can empower the library leaders of today and tomorrow and continue to enrich the lives of the people that we serve.

  • Education Fund: Helps underwrite such things as our prestigious Leadership Academy and provides scholarships for library staff to attend workshops and conferences at discounted rates.

  • Advocacy Fund: This fund enables MLA to advocate for library interests at the state level.

  • Intellectual Freedom Defense Fund: Helps MLA assist libraries and patrons with specific intellectual freedom challenges.

  • Equity Fund: This fund is used as an individual grant opportunity created to reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development of individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession.

Learn more about MLA Funds.

Click the donate button below to log in with your user credentials and your donation will be connected to your member record. You can also fill out this form to donate, no login required. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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Join MLA’s Legacy Society

Consider leaving a legacy…so your cherished values live on.

When you establish a bequest or other planned gift, you become part of the select group of community-minded individuals that make up MLA’s Legacy Society. As a beneficiary of your deferred gift, MLA is charged with the trust and responsibility of carrying out your wishes. As you know, we have a 128-year commitment to recognize and address Library needs. Your gift helps us achieve that.

Planned giving integrates charitable giving with your overall financial and estate planning, potentially reducing your estate taxes while supporting the values that libraries hold dear. There are a number of ways you can give:

  • Bequests: Make a charitable gift from your estate with a simple bequest, as noted in your will or trust.

  • Retirement assets: By making MLA the beneficiary of the most-taxed asset, your retirement account, you can leave more favorably-taxed property to your heirs.

  • Charitable lead trust: Place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to MLA for a specified number of years. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name.

  • Charitable remainder trusts: These gifts allow you to receive income for the rest of your life, knowing that whatever remains will benefit your community.

  • Charitable gift annuities: Receive an income for life, while making an immediate, significant gift.

  • Life insurance: Simply make MLA the beneficiary of your policy. You give a significant gift to charity and receive tax benefits during your lifetime.

Becoming a Legacy Society member is simple: include the Michigan Library Association in your estate plan through your will or trust, or make a contribution via a charitable gift annuity, life insurance, retirement fund assets or a charitable remainder or lead trust. Then, notify us of your plan so that we can include you on our membership rolls. And you’re done.

If you have questions, please contact Executive Director, Deborah E. Mikula at [email protected]

Thank you to our Donors!

Thank you to the following individuals for their generous donations from 2019 - present.

Erin Kurtz, Jackson District Library

Cynthia Dopp, Siena Heights University

Bette Thompson, Self

Cathleen Russ, Troy Public Library

Michelle Hach, Munising School Public Library

Rita Hampton, Friends of the Library of the Leanna Hicks Public Library

Steven Bowers, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET)

Jennifer Dean, University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

Pamela Christensen, Self

Kelly Richards, Muskegon Area District Library

Richard Schneider, Oakview Consulting

Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Kent District Library

Jessica Anne Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library

Karen Knox, Orion Township Public Library

Ryan Wieber, Kalamazoo Public Library

Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Deborah E. Mikula, Self

Patricia McGee, Ypsilanti District Library

Barbara Garbutt, Commerce Township Community Library

Claire Lopiccolo, Romeo District Library

Julia Eisenstein, University of Detroit Mercy

Pamela Christensen, West End Health Foundation

Steven Bowers, Wayne State University

Margaret Auer, University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

Harry Philo, The Harry Philo Foundation

Jadwiga Meyer, Sterling Heights Public Library

Matthew LaPointe, Self

Kevin King, Kalamazoo Public Library

Sheryl Mase, Mid-Michigan Library League

Maria McCarville, Public Libraries of Saginaw

Randy Riley, Library of Michigan

Valerie L. Meyerson, Petoskey District Library

James B. Lenze, Garden City Public Library

Craig Wolanin, Frank Rewold and Sons Inc.

Steven K. Bowers, The Library Network (TLN)

Lisa Valerio-Nowc, Farmington Community Library

Jeanette Leathorn, Ogemaw District Library

Jasmine Parker, Ferndale Area District Library

Cathy Lancaster, Library of Michigan

Linda Adams, Northland Library Cooperative

Cindy Mack, Brighton District Library

Betty Adams, Leanna Hicks Public Library

Amber Lee Carnahan, Howell Carnegie District Library

Laura Gramlich, Bacon Memorial District Library

Mattie Cook, Flat River Community Library

Matthew Archibald, Traverse Area District Library

Clare Membiela, Library of Michigan

Samantha Wyllis, Capital Area District Libraries

Kate Andrade, Woodlands Library Cooperative

Elizabeth Breed, Library of Michigan

Bonnie Balduf, Pontiac Public Library

Kelly Karr, Grand Rapids Public Library

Mary Ellen Mulcrone, Saline District Library

Michele Puckett, Consumers Energy

Patricia McClary, Grosse Pointe Public Library

Clark Charbonnet, Biblionix

Rabbi Jeff & Mindy Glickman, The Fidelity Charitable Donor Advised Fund

Cathleen Russ, West Bloomfield Township Library

Dillon Geshel, Portage Lake District Library

 

MLA Scholarship Funds and Other Restricted Funds

The Michigan Library Association is committed to promoting and advancing the library profession. To demonstrate this commitment, MLA provides close to $10,000 annually for librarians and support staff at any Michigan library to attend MLA events. There are two specific funds that provide scholarships – the MLA Education Fund and the MLA/MALC Academic Library Fund.

We also have a number of specific funds that are for restricted use only and provide emergency help to libraries who experience challenges in a variety of ways. These funds are also used when special projects and revenues are needed for MLA to move a concept forward. Monies in each of the following funds will be carried over from year to year and will not revert to MLA’s operating fund. Direct fundraising by MLA continues to enhance these funds and provide libraries with needed support.

Being able to provide resources to those in the library field for scholarships and other challenges is one of MLA’s hallmarks. We hope that you will consider an overall gift to MLA or to any of these funds to help continue to support this valuable work.

Click the donate button below to log in with your user credentials and your donation will be connected to your member record. You can also fill out this form to donate, no login required. All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

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MLA Education Fund

MLA has a scholarship fund to assist with defraying costs for attending MLA workshops, educational events and the annual conference. Eligibility Requirements to receive a scholarship from the MLA Education Fund to attend MLA workshops and/or educational events:

  • Applicant must be an individual member of MLA to qualify for an “Individual Member Scholarship.”
  • Organizational members may apply for a scholarship on behalf of any staff member if that person is an individual member of MLA.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need and effectively articulate the value of the scholarship to their work.

MLA/MALC Academic Library Fund

When the Michigan Academic Library Council (MALC) ceased operation, their bylaws stipulated that any remaining assets must be transferred to another 501©3 organization. MALC graciously chose MLA to receive the funds. This academic scholarship fund will assist with defraying costs for attending MLA workshops, educational events and the annual conference. Eligibility Requirements for MLA/MALC Academic Library Fund:

  • Applicant must be currently enrolled in an accredited MLS/MLIS program.
  • Applicant must be a professional librarian working in an academic library (MLS/MLIS requirement.)

Advocacy Fund

The Advocacy Fund was created as an additional source of revenue, separate from dues income, for the purpose of increasing awareness of and enhancing the image of libraries and librarians to the general public and elected officials.

Funds may be allocated to the following areas:

  • Support MLA’s commitment to lobbying,
  • Support ongoing communications with legislators and their staffs.
  • Any activity that heightens public awareness of libraries.

Intellectual Freedom Fund

The Intellectual Freedom Fund of the MLA is to be used to support Michigan libraries and librarians engaged in defending intellectual freedom. Direct donations provide funds for this account.

Funds may be allocated to the following areas:

  • Legal fees to support intellectual freedom defenses

Library Technology Fund

The Library Technology Fund was established with funds given by the disbanded “Librarians Using Computers” group.

Fund may be allocated to the following areas:

  • Support the activities by underwriting programs, projects, and awards
  • Support scholarships for continuing education

MLA Equity Fund*

The MLA Equity Fund is an individual grant opportunity created to reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development of individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession. 

Funds may be allocated to the following areas:

  • Reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, North African, and Middle Eastern individuals.
  • Provide resources to be used for memberships, attendance at workshops, educational events or conferences of applicants’ choosing.
  • Provide resources for other purposes that applicants believe increase their ability to impact and transform the library profession.

W.H. Kaiser Memorial Fund*

The Walter H. Kaiser Memorial Award honors Walter Kaiser, who served as the director of the Wayne County Federated Library System for 26 years and was a nationally known library consultant, authority in local government, and innovator in technical services.

Funds are allocated to the following:

  • Each year, a small cash award from the Kaiser Memorial Fund is presented to the recipients of six MLA Awards – Lifetime Achievement, Public Librarian of the Year, Support Staff of the Year, Heart of a Champion, Rising Star, and the Frances H. Pletz Award for Excellence in Service to Youth.

 

*Some funds have permanent donor restrictions for their use and are identified above.

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