“Giving is not just about making a donation, it’s about making a difference.”
— Kathy Calvin

You can make a difference. Find several ways you can get involved, below.


the cottonseed coalition

ALCPL Foundation’s Monthly Giving Program

The Cottonseed Coalition is a group of individuals who have made the commitment to make recurring donations to the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation. The library is one of the only free public services left in our community. Along with providing a large collection of books for circulation, we offer services such as, but not limited to: Homebound Delivery Service, Board Game Collections and Computer, Genealogy and Gardening Classes. Monthly giving is crucial to the ongoing operating costs of running a library. Simplify your giving by joining our Cottonseed Coalition and set up a recurring donation today!

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).  Give online by choosing the button below or simply mail a check to this address with a note including the honoree’s name and an address for the acknowledgement.

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.

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.

the Southard society

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.

Other Ways to Help Our Cause

  • When shopping online use our affiliates Amazon.comand iGive.com.  These Foundation partners will make a donation for each purchase you make.  You don’t have to spend an extra penny and you will be supporting the Foundation. 

  • You can give twice by purchasing gift cards from local businesses. The Foundation can always use donations of gift cards for prizes and raffles and you can also support your friends and neighbors.

  • Shop Local! Keeping your purchases in Athens and Limestone County helps provide the tax base needed for our daily operation.