Whatever the cost of our libraries,
the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.
– Walter Cronkite

Join us in carrying the CommonSpark.

For over a century, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library has sparked opportunity, connection, innovation, understanding and much more. As we plan and build for the next generation, we invite you to consider a gift to the CommonSpark, igniting change within your Charlotte Mecklenburg Library system.

Thank you for your confidence, enthusiasm and generous support.

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Payment Methods

Credit Card
Give using your credit card through the secure online giving form, or by calling Teleia White at 704-416-0803.

Check
Make checks payable to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation and mail to:

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

Text
Text “Give” to 704-343-8828
Charity code: #lovelibrary
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Stock and Securities

When you donate stock to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, you may realize tax benefits, which result in a larger gift at a lower cost to you. That’s why a gift of appreciated securities may provide one of the best ways for you to support our Library.

Gifts of securities may be wire transferred from your bank or brokerage account to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation account at BB&T. Please ask your broker to provide the transfer agents with your name so we can identify and acknowledge your gift.

Account Name: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation
BB&T Brokerage Account Number: 16611400
DTC 0702

To donate stock, please contact your stockbroker or Foundation staff. For more information, please contact Teleia White at 704-416-0803 or twhite@cmlibrary.org.

Corporate and Foundation Support

Partnering with the Library Foundation is an excellent way for your organization to make a lasting difference during The CommonSpark campaign.

To learn more about how your company can support the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation through foundation grants, corporate sponsorship, or employee volunteer opportunities, please contact Teleia White at 704-416-0803 or twhite@cmlibrary.org.

Collective Giving

The CommonSpark campaign will honor collective gifts from individuals or organizations that have a shared goal. Collective gifts can be designated towards the new Main Library or an endowed fund. For more information, please contact Teleia White at 704-416-0803 or twhite@cmlibrary.org.

Gift in Honor

The CommonSpark campaign includes special opportunities to honor a loved one through a named space or a named endowed fund. We welcome the opportunity to discuss this further. Please contact Teleia White at 704-416-0803 or twhite@cmlibrary.org.

Fundraise for Us

All gifts are included in The CommonSpark campaign. Participating in or holding a fundraiser for us is an easy way to participate in the campaign.

Personal or Business Fundraiser
Support for the Library comes in many forms, and creative Library supporters have new ideas every day.  If you are interested in holding a personal or business fundraiser for the Library and need a unique donation link or other supporting materials, please contact us to discuss your idea and identify how we can help. We are grateful for your investment and your enthusiasm, and we look forward to working together to support the community we share.

Facebook Fundraisers
Many supporters find Facebook and other social media platforms a convenient way to share a fundraising campaign. If you host a Facebook fundraiser, please let us know so we can follow up appropriately and contact you if there are any questions. Set up a Facebook fundraiser here.

Amazon Smile
Amazon.com offers a simple way to make a gift while shopping. Simply log into Amazon Smile with your Amazon password, select Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation as your non-profit of choice, and Amazon will donate a percentage of everything you purchase to the Library Foundation. Same Amazon selection, service and prices.

Target Circle
Target customers enrolled in the Target Circle loyalty program receive special discounts and earn votes with every purchase. Log into Target Circle to cast your vote for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, and Target will donate a percentage of purchases to us.  

Contact us by email: twhite@cmlibrary.org
Contact us by phone: 704-416-0803

Give Over Time

Planned Giving

Planned gifts, including bequests and life income gifts, are designed to help you meet your financial and charitable goals while supporting The CommonSpark campaign.

Anyone can leave a legacy gift of any size, and there are simple ways to do it. We’d welcome the opportunity to work with you to create a structure that suits your passions, and works within your overall estate plans.

Inquiries will be handled confidentially and place you under no obligation. To learn more about planned giving, please contact Karen Beach at 704-416-0802 or kbeach@cmlibrary.org.

Multi-Year Pledges

By spreading a donation over time, you can make a larger gift at your own pace, allowing a potentially greater impact on the Library. Some donors make multi-year pledges, often over five years or less.

Multi-year pledges often provide an additional opportunity for recognition through a named space in the new Main Library or a named endowed fund.  For more information about making a multi-year pledge, please contact Teleia White at 704-416-0803 or twhite@cmlibrary.org.

Note: Open the pledge form in Acrobat to complete.

Monthly Giving

A recurring gift is an easy, automatic way to give according to your budget and schedule. Recurring gifts are customizable for donors and help ensure a stable source of funding for The CommonSpark campaign. Simply choose “monthly” when you give online.

Donor Recognition

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation will honor significant gifts through naming opportunities within the new Main Library or endowed funds. All gifts to The CommonSpark campaign will be recognized in a cumulative campaign honor roll.

The 1903 Circle, named for the year Main Library opened its doors to the public, is our most prestigious donor recognition. The 1903 Circle honors the philanthropic leadership of extraordinary donors whose lifetime gifts total $100,000 or more.

The Carnegie Circle recognizes the annual generosity of donors who make a gift of $1,000 or more.

The Dewey Circle honors donors who include the Library Foundation in their trust or estate gifts. The Dewey Circle recognizes the vital role planned giving donors play in sustaining the Library for generations to come.

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