Falmouth Memorial Library is a 501(c)3 non-profit institution depending on public tax support from the Town of Falmouth (about 77% of our budget) and on the generous donations of library supporters (12%). The rest comes from investment income and library operations. Library supporters may give via a number of both traditional gift-giving programs, several periodic fundraising efforts, and additional other non-traditional methods of giving.
- Capital Campaign
- Traditional Fundraising/Annual Fund
- Periodic Fundraisers
- Other Ways to Support
The Next Chapter Capital Campaign
As the end of this year approaches, Falmouth Memorial Library is in a unique position. To access the matching funds voters recently approved for our expansion project, the Library must raise up to $500,000 – by January 10. So, once again we are reaching out to say we still need your help. If you have not made a donation, please consider doing so at this time. If you have already given, THANK YOU, and we hope you will consider making an additional gift to get us over this hurdle. Donations or pledges may be made online or you can stop by the Library.
What is the difference between the Annual Fund and the Capital Campaign?
Annual Fund gifts are solicited and given every year to help fund operations. Every year we must meet our Annual Fund goal in order to balance our operating budget. Gifts to the Capital Campaign are generally larger pledges, usually made over a five-year period, that fund long-term projects such as new construction and endowment. Another way to think about the difference between the two funds is this: “Annual gifts help us live. Capital gifts help us grow.”
The Annual Fund is the Falmouth Memorial Library’s primary fundraising program. Every year, Falmouth residents donate more than $40,000 to the Annual Fund. Gifts may be made in any amount and at any time of year. Your support of the library keeps our doors open, our shelves full, and our programming rich. From summer reading programs to adult book groups to knitting circles to our newest teen programs, the Falmouth Memorial Library’s contribution to our town’s intellectual and social life has never been greater. Falmouth’s standard of having the highest per capita use of library services in the state is a credit to our town—our residents read, and our statistics bear that out year after year.
Annual Fund donations may be made with a credit card
Checks can be made out to Falmouth Memorial Library and dropped off or sent to: Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth ME 04105
Families may request that, in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to the Falmouth Memorial Library in memory of a loved one who has passed away. A thank you note is sent to the donor on behalf of the library and the deceased’s family (or designated contact) is sent a letter listing those who have made a memorial donation (although the amount of the gift is kept confidential).
A gift book may be placed in the library in celebration of a special event or day, the birth of a child or perhaps an important anniversary; to recognize the important contribution of a special individual, someone who is retiring or perhaps a leader in a business, civic organization or church; or create a meaningful memorial for a relative or a friend, a way to share their memory with the community. Selection of specific titles is left to the discretion of the library.
- Bequests: A bequest provides a gift for the Library in your will.
- Charitable Annuities: An agreement between you and the Library that provides you and your spouse with a regular fixed payment annually for life in exchange for transferring assets to the Library.
- Retirement Assets: By designating the Library as the recipient of any benefits remaining in your retirement plan at the time of your death, you may effectively reduce the taxes on those assets.
- Real Estate: A special arrangement called a retained life estate allows you to make the unique and special gift of your home to the Library at any time without affecting your current lifestyle.
- Life Insurance: You can make the Library the beneficiary of a policy, or, if you choose to change the beneficiary and ownership of an existing policy to the Library you can receive an income tax deduction for the current value or basis of the policy.
Need more information on our planned giving program? We would like the opportunity to meet with you and discuss how you can make a significant difference to our future. Contact Us.
Periodic Fundraising Efforts
Falmouth Memorial Library accepts donations of used books throughout the year. The sales take place at 190 Middle Road (Motz School) and are held up to four times per year. Check the calendar for the next scheduled sale.
While we greatly appreciate all the donations, we cannot accept encyclopedias, Readers Digest Condensed books or any book that is damaged by water and/or mold. We also no longer accept audiotapes or VHS tapes. We have tax receipts available at our Circulation Desk and while we cannot (by law) assign any value for the donation, we suggest you have a total by type (hard cover, paperback, DVD) to include on the form.
Beauty and the Books: A Silent Auction of Art and Crafts to Benefit Falmouth Memorial Library
Held annually in the spring, this event brings together art and the library. Dozens of local artists and crafts persons donate approximately 200 hand-made items that are displayed throughout the library. Bids can be placed anytime during the month on objects ranging from hand-made paper goods, quilts, knitted items, paintings, photographs, pottery, jewelry, and much more. The event culminates with a reception and final bidding on the last Thursday of the month. Check the calendar for applicable dates.
Falmouth Garden Tour
Held for the first time in June of 2012, the Falmouth Garden Tour featured different gardens in Falmouth and attracted hundreds of avid gardeners, do-it-yourselfers, and yard-peepers from across Southern Maine and beyond. This successful event will be repeated. Stay tuned for details.
Periodically, Youth Services accepts monetary donations to cover the cost of pre-selected children’s books in exchange for personalized book plates. Children love to read through the selected titles and choose which one to donate to the library with their name listed on the inside cover. This is a great way expand our children’s collection and honor someone at the same time.
A Tisket…A Tasket… Themed Basket Fundraiser-Silent Auction
This FUNdraiser has become very popular with regular supporters and frequent visitors to the Library. We solicit baskets (or some type of container) of items on any theme – such as movie basket, spa basket – to be auctioned off over a period of a few weeks.
We are always thinking of new ideas to raise money, so stop by to see what we may have happening this month.
Other Forms of Giving
OR Helping the Library While Helping Yourself
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Falmouth Memorial Library every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Library when you choose to support us. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. You may also want to add a bookmark to smile.amazon.com to make it even easier to return and start your shopping at AmazonSmile. On your first visit to AmazonSmile, select Falmouth Memorial Library Association to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. Falmouth Memorial Library Association = smile.amazon.com/ch/01/6004444
Have an old car taking up space in your driveway?
Falmouth Memorial Library and CARS can help
CARS (Charitable Adult Rides & Services) is a nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California. Founded in 2003 as a means to provide additional funding to the programs and services of Jewish Family Service, CARS soon began accepting vehicle donations to help other nonprofits raise extra revenue. CARS is partnered with over 3,500 nonprofits with the vision of expanding our fundraising efforts so that they can continue to provide additional revenue to these amazing nonprofit organizations—including Falmouth Memorial Library. For more information or to make a donation, visit https://careasy.org/falmouth-memorial-library.
Are returnable containers taking up space in your home? Consider donating your discarded returnables to benefit Falmouth Memorial Library. It’s as simple as: 1. Stop by the Library for a Clynk bag; 2. fill our tagged bag; 3. drop it off at a nearby Clynk location (Hannaford in Falmouth). The money from your bag of returnable containers will go directly to the Library’s Clynk account.
Falmouth Memorial Library depends on a dedicated group of community volunteers for many day-to-day tasks. For both new and longtime residents of Falmouth, being a volunteer both supports our library and provides an opportunity to interact with the hundreds of people who visit each day. Volunteers are trained for their specific tasks of interest by the library staff.
Here are some of the ways you can assist as a volunteer:
- Shelving books, music and DVDs
- Monitoring books on the shelves, keeping them in alphabetical or numerical order
- Assisting with fundraising events
For more information or to apply, please stop by the library.