Ways To Support Our Next Chapter


With support from our donors, ALPL Foundation will able to foster literacy and lifelong learning in children, teens and adults through the funding of programs and  expansion of the Library’s collection of books and resources. You can make a one-time contribution or establish a recurring gift online, but be sure to mark “recurring donation” under donation type!  You can also send in a check with your completed Donation Form. Make your check payable to the ALPL Foundation and mail to:

Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation
603 South Jefferson Street
Athens, AL  35611


Cottonseed Coalition

You can make a one-time contribution or join The Cottonseed Coalition to provide ongoing support. Contributions can be made online or by completing the appropriate form and making your check(s) payable to the ALPL Foundation and mailing to:

Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation
603 South Jefferson Street
Athens, AL  35611


Gifts in Honor or Memory

Your contribution of $25 or more in honor or memory of a friend or family member will support the purchase of books and materials for the ALPL.  The honoree or their family will receive an acknowledgement of the gift, while the contributor and honoree will be listed each month on the ALPLF website and in the quarterly newsletter (unless anonymity is requested).  Please print and attach the Honor/Memorial form below to your contribution or give online.

When gifting online, please designate the honoree and/or the person to be notified of your gift in the comments section of the online form.


Naming Opportunities

Review an updated list of naming opportunities available in the Athens-Limestone Public Library and include your naming opportunity preference on the completed pledge or donation form.


Event Sponsorship & Attendance

Annual benefits and recognition are available to corporate sponsors of ALPLF programs and events. Sponsorship of a library program and/or event will demonstrate your company’s commitment to community education.

Benefits and recognition vary with sponsorship level and build as the amount of support increases. All $500 benefits are given to each higher level, etc. and the $5,000 level sponsors will receive all the listed benefits.

Sponsorships are not fully tax deductible, as the sponsoring business or organization will receive something of value in exchange for the contribution. The “value received” will be communicated individually for each sponsorship.

The Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation will host ticketed special events during the year.  A portion of your ticket price will be a tax deductible donation to the ALPLF.  Event invitations will be sent via e-mail or regular mail and will also be posted under Events on the Foundation website.


Matching Gifts

There are almost 20,000 matching gift programs in the United States. Your company may be able to double the amount of your gift to the ALPLF. First, find out from your company’s human resources department if a matching gift program is offered.  Each company is different, but generally you will need to:

  1. Request a matching gift form from your employer.
  2. Complete and submit the form to ALPLF, along with your contribution.
  3. ALPLF will verify your contribution and return the completed form to your company.
  4. The company will issue a matching gift contribution to ALPLF.
  5. ALPLF will acknowledge you and your employer for your contributions.
  6. If your employer requires an Employer Identification Number (EIN or Federal Tax Identification Number), please use 35-2255041.

Estate Gifts

Become a member of The Southard Society, which was established to encourage others to follow the wonderful example set by Shelby Southard. Mr. Southard remembered the Athens-Limestone Public Library with a generous contribution in his estate plan.  An estate gift is a powerful way to leave a legacy in this community and support our library for generations to come.

You can join by:

  • Designating a contribution of $5,000 or more to the ALPLF via your estate plan
  • Completing a “Declaration of Intent” form to indicate your decision to join
  • Returning a copy of the “Declaration of Intent” to the ALPL and sharing copies with your attorney and family members

As a member of The Shelby Southard Society you will:

  • Be added to the Major Donor Wall
  • Receive invitations to Library events and activities
  • Be invited to special activities for members of The Southard Society
  • Be included in the ALPLF’s annual Stewardship Report

We have provided some codicil wordings for your consideration.

The Donation of highly appreciated securities that you have held for more than 12 months is an effective way to maximize your tax deductions and avoid capital gains taxes.

Please notify the ALPLF via foundation@alcpl.org if you plan to contribute securities.