Monetary Gifts

Gifts of cash, assets, and securities are greatly appreciated by the University Library. We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how the University Library fits in your giving priorities.


Endowments enable the University Library to benefit from your gift in perpetuity. These named giving opportunities require a minimum commitment of $10,000, but can benefit any number of library functions and projects, from collections to preservation to instruction.

Matching Gifts

Many employers have a matching gift program that multiplies the gifts their employees make to institutions of higher education. Given through a matching gift program, your gift can have double or triple the impact.

Memorial Gifts

You may choose to direct memorials to the University Library. Gifts in memory or honor of a friend or loved one may be used to fund one or more of a variety of needs of the Library. For example, a minimum contribution of $50 will purchase a memorial library book. The book will be marked with a special bookplate indicating the honoree or the donor.


Bequests have the advantage of creating meaningful future gifts without lessening the assets available to you during your lifetime. Bequests can be made for the benefit of the library program of your choice, and may consist of the entirety or a portion of your estate.

Trusts and Charitable Gift Annuities

Charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities may provide you (or others) income during your lifetime, a charitable income tax deduction, and provide substantial future support for the Iowa State University Library.

Bequests, charitable remainder trusts, and charitable gift annuities are legal commitments. While the Director of Development may provide information helpful to you, we suggest you seek the counsel of your legal and financial advisors. These advisors know your personal situation best.

For more information about including the University Library in your estate plans, please contact the ISU Foundation:

Rachael L. Karriker
Associate Director of Development
Iowa State University Foundation
2505 University Blvd.
Ames, Iowa 50010-2230
(515) 294-0546 (o)
866-419-6768 (toll free)