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MLA has special funds addressing vital issues such as education, advocacy and intellectual freedom that are integral to the values and mission of the organization. Make a commitment and make a difference! With your support, MLA can empower the library leaders of today and tomorrow, and continue to enrich the lives of the people that we serve.

  • Education Fund: Helps underwrite such things as our prestigious Leadership Academy and provides scholarships for library staff to attend workshops and conferences at discounted rates.

  • Advocacy Fund: This fund enables MLA to advocate for library interests at the state level.

  • Intellectual Freedom Defense Fund: Helps MLA assist libraries and patrons with specific intellectual freedom challenges.

All contributions are tax-deductible to the extent the law allows.

Click the donate button below to log in with your user credentials and your donation will be connected to your member record. You can also fill out this form to donate, no login required.


Join MLA’s Legacy Society

Consider leaving a legacy…so your cherished values live on.

When you establish a bequest or other planned gift, you become part of the select group of community-minded individuals that make up MLA’s Legacy Society. As a beneficiary of your deferred gift, MLA is charged with the trust and responsibility of carrying out your wishes. As you know, we have a 128-year commitment to recognize and address Library needs. Your gift helps us achieve that.

Planned giving integrates charitable giving with your overall financial and estate planning, potentially reducing your estate taxes while supporting the values that libraries hold dear. There are a number of ways you can give:

  • Bequests: Make a charitable gift from your estate with a simple bequest, as noted in your will or trust.

  • Retirement assets: By making MLA the beneficiary of the most-taxed asset, your retirement account, you can leave more favorably-taxed property to your heirs.

  • Charitable lead trust: Place cash or property into a trust that pays a fixed amount to MLA for a specified number of years. Once this period ends, the assets held by the trust are transferred to the beneficiaries you name.

  • Charitable remainder trusts: These gifts allow you to receive income for the rest of your life, knowing that whatever remains will benefit your community.

  • Charitable gift annuities: Receive an income for life, while making an immediate, significant gift.

  • Life insurance: Simply make MLA the beneficiary of your policy. You give a significant gift to charity and receive tax benefits during your lifetime.

Becoming a Legacy Society member is simple: include the Michigan Library Association in your estate plan through your will or trust, or make a contribution via a charitable gift annuity, life insurance, retirement fund assets or a charitable remainder or lead trust. Then, notify us of your plan so that we can include you on our membership rolls. And you’re done.

If you have questions, please contact Executive Director, Deborah E. Mikula at [email protected]


Uniting the Michigan Library Community

MLA is proud to partner with organizations serving the library community.