Southard Society

Shelby Southard gave a lasting contribution to the Athens Limestone Public Library in the form of an estate gift that was received by the library in 1990.

You Can Join the Southard Society

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The Southard Society has been established to honor individuals who follow the example set by Mr. Southard, and have remembered the library in their estate plans with a contribution of at least $5,000. An estate gift is a powerful way to leave a legacy in this community and support our library for generations to come.

Dr. Frank Cauthen, a former Chair of the Library Foundation Board, is one of the Charter Members of the Southard Society. Dr. Cauthen said, “It comforts me to know that I am participating in providing ongoing support to the Library for future generations.” Dr. Milly Caudle, another former member of the Foundation Board is also a Charter Member of The Southard Society. As a child, Dr. Caudle read every book in her school’s library, and she continues to be passionate in her support for the library.

If you have already made a bequest to the ALPL or are willing to consider the possibility of such a gift, please let us know so we can talk to you about becoming a Member of The Southard Society.

For more information, contact Anna Clem via e-mail at alplfoundation1@gmail.com or by phone at 256-232-1233.

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Planned Giving Defined:  “Planned giving” is the act of making a commitment to give a charitable organization a major gift, over time or at death, as part of the donor’s overall financial and estate planning.  Planned gifts can range from the relatively simple bequest made in a will, to gifts like charitable gift annuities and charitable remainder trusts that provide major gifts to a non-profit while at the same time returning income to the donor. Most bequests take just a few minutes to set up by phone with your lawyer. The Athens Limestone Public Library Foundation can be the established as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy or retirement fund.  There are many ways you can support our mission for future generations.