Donate Funds

It is the generosity of Bookshare® donors that makes it possible for individuals with print disabilities to gain timely access to books and newspapers just like everybody else. Your support, at any level, will help Bookshare ensure that every person, regardless of their abilities, has access to information that will enable them to be engaged and productive members of society.

  • $50 covers the costs of a new children’s book
  • $100 adds a new best-seller or other literature book
  • $1,000 helps grow new book collections
  • $2,500 or more allows Bookshare to develop new services like personalized membership accounts or increased international access

To discuss your specific goals and needs, please contact donate@benetech.org.

 

Making a Donation

There are many ways to contribute to the Bookshare program:

  • Donate online
    Make a tax deductible donation to Bookshare online using your credit card.
  • Donate by check
    Please include the following information with your check:
    • Name
    • Email address
    • Mailing address
    • Country
    • Check number
    Make your check payable to Benetech® and mail it with the above information to:
    Bookshare
    Attn: Business Development
    480 California Ave., Suite 201
    Palo Alto, CA 94306-1609

 

Types of Donations

  • Gifts in honor or memorial
    Your gift will have additional significance and meaning if you choose to contribute in honor or in memory of someone. Bookshare will send a card to those you designate to receive notification of your honor or memorial gift. To make a gift in someone’s honor, please include the name and address of that person. To make a gift in someone’s memory, please include the name of that person and also the address of any individual(s), family, friends you would like Bookshare to notify.
  • Gifts of stock and securities
    Bookshare welcomes gifts of stock and securities. All donations are U.S. tax deductible, and it is possible that giving a gift of stock or securities may have the added benefit of helping the donor avoid capital gains tax on appreciated securities.
    To make a donation of stock or securities, please contact Teresa Throckmorton at the Contact Us page.
  • Corporate matching gifts
    Your place of work may offer a matching gift program, which could double your donation to Bookshare. By talking to your Human Resource Department, you can find out if this is an option.
  • Planned gifts
    Gifts made through your will, trusts, life insurance or retirement assets are some of the ways you can help to provide Bookshare with an ongoing source of income that enables multiple-year investments necessary to create sustainable projects.
    • Creating lasting benefit through your will
      You can retain your assets during your life and defer your charitable support until the donor’s death by naming Bookshare in your Will.
    • Giving through your revocable living trust
      If, through a revocable living trust, you have chosen to pass your property to loved ones while minimizing probate costs, consider how you might add a charitable dimension to this plan as well. Similar to a charitable bequest through a will, such a gift is tax-deductible from estate taxes and can be delayed until all family members have been provided for.
    • Giving through your life insurance
      Life insurance is another way to donate to Bookshare. There are a number of different ways to do this. You can name Bookshare as a beneficiary to receive a certain percentage of your life insurance; donate a paid-up policy, which enables you to take a tax deduction in the amount of the replacement value of the policy; purchase a new policy and designate Bookshare as owner and beneficiary (all of the premiums are then tax-deductible); buy life insurance to replace a bequest (this enables you to take the tax deduction now); or designate Bookshare as a secondary or final beneficiary, which means that if your primary beneficiary(ies) predeceases you, Bookshare is then the beneficiary and the amount it receives when the time comes is deducted from your estate taxes.
    • Creative gifts using retirement assets
      Whether you participate in a company pension plan or a fund you have established yourself, such as an IRA, you may accumulate funds beyond your needs for comfortable support of yourself and your loved ones. In such cases, you may wish to consider how you can use these “excess” funds to make charitable gifts in a tax-efficient way. You can also use your retirement assets to establish a charitable trust, designating Bookshare as the final beneficiary. Your spouse or heirs will receive payments from the trust for the duration of their life, after which Bookshare receives the remainder, without estate or income taxes consequence.