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  Make a Gift

Please give to the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library’s Annual Fund. Your gift will sustain fundamental activities of the library including:

• purchase of books and ebooks, magazines, and newspapers for research and pleasure reading
• purchase of databases like, ReferenceUSA, and Morningstar
• programs and projects that encourage reading, discussion, and learning
• programs and materials that promote early literacy and student achievement
• materials and equipment that help us to preserve the history of Birmingham and Jefferson County

Your support will allow the library to serve more than 1.7 million visitors per year at 19 locations spanning the city. Your gift makes possible more than 3,000 programs annually that serve 60,000 children, teens, and adults. You allow the library to maintain a collection of more than a million books and other reading and research materials from reference books to the latest fiction. Your generosity allows the library to care for 30,000,000 historic documents and 500,000 photographs that document the area’s history.

On behalf of everyone at the Birmingham Public Library and the Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library, thank you for your generous and continued support of the oldest cultural institution in Birmingham.

The Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library is a 501(c)3 charity. Your gift is tax-deductible as allowed by U.S. Law.

Benefits of Giving

Name on donor page, website, and in annual report; invitations to library events.

Scholars ($100-$249)
The above plus first option to buy a discounted book at BPL's author book signings.

Bibliophiles ($250-$499)
The above plus free signed copy of A Woman of the Town: Louise Wooster, Birmingham's Magdalen by James L. Baggett.

Authors ($500-$999)
The above plus an invitation for two to our annual donor reception in the beautiful Linn Henley Research Library.

Professors ($1,000-$2,499)
The above plus four tickets to Birmingham Noir, a walking tour of historic downtown Birmingham, and a limited edition print by a local artist John DeMotte.


Donor Bill of Rights

The Friends Foundation of the Birmingham Public Library supports and promotes the Donor Bill of Rights as promulgated by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE).

Philanthropy is based on voluntary action for the common good. It is a tradition of giving and sharing that is primary to the quality of life. To assure that philanthropy merits the respect and trust of the general public, and that donors and prospective donors can have full confidence in the not-for-profit organizations and causes they are asked to support, we declare that all donors have these rights:  

I. To be informed of the organization's mission, of the way the organization intends to use donated resources, and of its capacity to use donations effectively for their intended purposes.

II. To be informed of the identity of those serving on the organization's governing board, and to expect the board to exercise prudent judgment in its stewardship responsibilities.

III. To have access to the organization's most recent financial statements.

IV. To be assured their gifts will be used for the purposes for which they were given.

V. To receive appropriate acknowledgement and recognition.

VI. To be assured that information about their donation is handled with respect and with confidentiality to the extent provided by law.

VII. To expect that all relationships with individuals representing organizations of interest to the donor will be professional in nature.

VIII. To be informed whether those seeking donations are volunteers, employees of the organization or hired solicitors.

IX. To have the opportunity for their names to be deleted from mailing lists that an organization may intend to share.

X. To feel free to ask questions when making a donation and to receive prompt, truthful and forthright answers. 

The text of this statement in its entirety was developed by the American Association of Fund-Raising Counsel (AAFRC), Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and adopted in November 1993. 


Financial Information

990-EZ Short Form Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax


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