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Q. What is the Alameda County Library Foundation?
A. The Alameda County Library Foundation (ACLF) is the private fundraising arm of the Alameda County Public Library system. As an organization separate from the Library, the Foundation seeks private sector support for improvements and enhancements which cannot be funded through local government funding. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization registered with the IRS and County of Alameda. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Federal ID # 94-3243339.

Q. Can I Support my branch library through the Foundation?
A. Absolutely. When you make a donation to the Foundation specify which branch you would like to support. It’s that easy. Over the years the Foundation has received both large and small gifts to support 10 branches and 1 Book Mobile in the library system.

Q. How can I be sure my donation will be used as I specify?
A. The Foundation has an accounting system that identifies and tracks all gifts and funds established for specific purposes.

Q. Do I have to give a gift for a specific purpose?
A. Not at all. A gift given “wherever need is greatest” gives the Library flexibility to respond to critical needs or special opportunities that arise during the year. Something new is always coming up.

Q. Does the Foundation support programs outside the Library system?
A. No. The Foundation exclusively supports programs to benefit the Alameda County Public Library system.

Q. Can the Foundation receive bequests or trust income?
A. Absolutely. Leaving a gift to the Foundation creates a lasting legacy and a continuing honor to the donor. For further information please contact our office at 510-505-7077.

Q. Do you accept donations of books?
A. Unless it is a rare, historic, or particularly significant collection, the Foundation is unable to accept gifts of books.

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