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.: Partners in Discovery

It's About How You Can Help Make a Difference

The African Art librarian reviews illustrations with a reader at the National Museum of African Art Library

There are many ways to make a gift to the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. The type of gift you choose will be determined by your interests and circumstances and may have special tax and financial benefits for you. Gifts may be made as one-time contributions or as multiyear commitments.

Outright gifts of cash or other assets will produce an immediate income tax charitable deduction and can be put to use quickly for the benefit of the programs of your choice. If you would like to give assets but now rely on these assets for income, a deferred gift -gift annuity, charitable trust or bequest-may be more appropriate. Donors who make deferred gift commitments to the Libraries become members of the Smithsonian-wide Legacy Society.

Endowments are a lasting way to match your vision with the Libraries' needs and mission. Endowments above $25,000 may be named according to the donor's wishes.

The Libraries' development staff and the Smithsonian's planned giving professionals will work closely and confidentially with you and your financial advisors to ensure that your gift meets your personal goals and expresses your own vision for the Smithsonian Libraries.


Spencer Baird Society

Cover from a seed catalogue in the National Museum of American History Library

All individual donors of $500 and above are recognized as members of the Spencer Baird Society, the Libraries' premiere donor recognoition society.

Naming Opportunities

All of the Libraries' priorities provide opportunities for named endowments at various gift levels. This is a marvelous way to honor family members, mentors, or special friends. The following minimums for endowments have been established by the Smithsonian Institution:

Endowed acquisitions, preservation, general purpose funds....$25,000
Endowed internship or fellowship programs........................$100,000
Endowed Smithsonian program funds................................$250,000
Endowment for naming an individual library, depending on size........................................................$1,000,000-3,000,000
Endowed curatorships................................................$2,000,000

For more information, please contact:


Catherine Fraser
Development Director
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
NHB Room 24 Mz
Washington, DC 20560-0154
Email: FraserC@si.edu
Telephone: 202.633.2875
Fax: 202.786.2866

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