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You can make an important contribution to support our work and the values we hold dear; uniting Michigan libraries, advocating for ALL libraries and advancing the library profession by supporting library staff in their careers through education and professional development opportunities.

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. All contributions are tax-deductible! 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.

  • Equity Fund: This fund is used as an individual grant opportunity created to reduce financial barriers and uplift the professional development of individuals currently underrepresented in the library profession.

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]

Thank you to our Donors!

Thank you the following individuals for their generous donations in FY 2019-2020.

Amber Alexander, Presque Isle District Library

Katie Ames, Muskegon Area District Library

Shauna Anderson, Taylor Community Library

Kate Andrade, Woodlands Library Cooperative

Margaret Auer, University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

Jill Baker, Harrison Township Public LIbrary

Peter Blackshear, Bookbound

Michelle Boisvenue-Fox, Kent District Library

Steven Bowers, Wayne State University

Jessica Anne Bratt, Grand Rapids Public Library

Shirley Bruursema, Kent District Library

Megan Buck, Dickinson County Library

Christan Bulin, ITHAKA

Trisha Burns, Bay County Library System

Brice Bush, East Lansing Public Library

Anita Chouinard, Traverse Area District Library

Pamela Christensen, West End Health Foundation

Harmony Crocker, Brandon Township Public Library

Jennifer Dean, University of Detroit Mercy McNichols Campus Library

Lindsey Dorfman, Kent District Library

Erin Durrett, Clinton - Macomb Public Library

Damon Dye, The Library Network

Julia Eisenstein, University of Detroit Mercy

Kristy Eklund, Detroit Area Library Network (DALNET)

Jessica Enget, Lincoln Township Public Library

Katie Ester, Shelby Township Library

Julie Farkas, Novi Public Library

Brigette Felix, The Library Network

Romy Fitschen, Michigan Library Association

Mollie Freier, Northern Michigan University

Barbara Garbutt, Commerce Township Community Library

Corporate Giving, Amazon Smile

Devan Green, Pontiac Public Library

Cathy Harmon, Saline District Library

Darlene Hellenberg, Ferndale Area District Library

Peggy Hemerling, Hastings Public Library

Holly Hentz, Hamburg Township Library

Rebecca Higgerson, Brandon Township Public Library

Kristi Jackowski, Traverse Area District Library

Amber Johnson, Chesterfield Township Library

Tara Kanon, Brandon Township Public Library

Jessica Keyser, Grosse Pointe Public Central Library

Kevin King, Kalamazoo Public Library

Karen Knox, Orion Township Public Library

Tiffany Kortman, Presque Isle District Library

Judith Kozakowski, The Library Network

Sue LaBenne, The Library Network

Terri Lancaster, Chelsea District Library

Jessica Lash, Saline District Library

Lisa Lawson, Wayne State University - SIS

Claire Lopiccolo, Romeo District Library

Linda Lyshol

Melissa Malcolm, Lapeer District Library

Maria McCarville, Public Libraries of Saginaw

Patricia McGee, Ypsilanti District Library

Roger Mendel, Northland Library Cooperative

Valerie L. Meyerson, Petoskey District Library

Deborah E. Mikula, Michigan Library Association

Nannette Miller, Elk Rapids District Library

Julie Moore, West Bloomfield Township Public Library

Juliane Morian, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Celia Morse, The Library Network

Meghan Mott, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Mary Ellen Mulcrone, Saline District Library

Celia Mulder, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Catherine  Mulla, Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone , PLC Library

Lisa Mulvenna, Clinton-Macomb Public Library

Teresa Natzke, Franklin Public Library

Ann Neff-Rohs, Jackson District Library

Jasmine Parker, Ferndale Public Library

Harry Philo, The Harry Philo Foundation

Kim Poma, Garden City Public Library

Marcia Preston, Bloomfield Township Public Library

Shauna Quick, Brandon Township Library

Kristina Reynolds, Bath Township Public Library

Kelly Richards, Muskegon Area District Library

Sarah Rick, Michigan Department of Corrections

Ellen Robinette, Oakland Community College

Florence Rouquet, Franklin Public Library

Cathleen Russ, Troy Public Library

Joann Rutkowski, Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone P.L.C.

Richard Schneider, Oakview Consulting

Kristin Shelley, East Lansing Public Library

Mary Ann Short, Grosse Pointe Public Library

Jill Spreitzer, University of Detroit Mercy Libraries

Corrine Stocker, Hazel Park Memorial District Library

Holly Teasdle, Lyon Township Public Library

Jana Thompkins, Michigan School of Psychology

Tammy Turgeon, Sterling Heights Public Library

Kate Van Auken, White Pine Library Cooperative

Janna VanHouten, The Library Network

Arlene Wall, Saline District Library

Tamara Ward, Wayne County Community College Library

Holly Ward-Lamb, Howell Carnegie Library

Lisa Waskin, Superior District Library

Penny Weller, Kent District Library

Ryan Wieber, Kalamazoo Public Library

Xiaoming Xu, Andrews University

Amy Young, Clinton-Macomb Public Library



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