Foundation Gifts

Garden Walk Brick Program

Add your name to the library garden walk, or commemorate a friend or occasion. To place your order, complete the online form. Payments can be made by cash or check to the Administration Office (payable to the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation) or online with a credit card. The Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Your gift of a brick is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. 

Honor & Memorial Books

The perfect way to remember friends and loved ones, or honor a birthday, graduation, or anniversary. Select a subject area of your choice for your gift, and a bookplate inserted inside will name both the individual honored and the donor. If you are interested in underwriting an item, email or call (630) 960-1200 for more information.

Give Online via Credit Card

Donating via credit card is fast, easy, and secure. We use PayPal to accept these types of donations.  

Planned Giving

A planned gift to the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation allows you to create a legacy for our community as you support our library, while meeting your own financial and personal objectives. We recommend you consult your financial advisor, accountant, or tax attorney for information regarding how your gift to the Downers Grove Public Library Foundation can help you maximize your tax benefits in a way that is most suitable to your financial circumstances.

Wills and Living Trusts - Simple to arrange, offer flexibility, and can reduce estate taxes.

Life Income Plans - Donate cash, securities, or other property and retain lifetime payments for yourself or loved ones. Benefits include a current income tax deduction, as well as other possible tax advantages.

Retirement Plan Assets - Donate some or all of the assets from your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan. Gifts can be made during your lifetime or upon death.

Corporate Matching Gifts - Double or even triple your gift by asking your employer to match your charitable contribution. Some companies require a form to be completed, while others have automated programs that require only a phone call.

Other Gift Options - The library welcomes contributions of appreciated assets such as securities, life insurance, U.S. saving bonds, annuity contracts, and personal property like real estate.

The Downers Grove Library Foundation is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Donations benefit the Downers Grove Public Library and are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Donating Used Items

The library accepts book, DVD, and CD donations. These items are sold in the first-floor lobby. Used books can also be given to the Downers Grove Chapter of the AAUW. Contact the AAUW at or (630) 225-8162 for more information.