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Join your friends and neighbors who support our Orinda Library with an annual membership to the Friends of the Orinda Library!

Your tax-deductible donation helps to purchase a large percentage of the library’s new materials each year. It also helps to fund many of the library’s enrichment programs for children, teens, and adults. Membership brings the knowledge and satisfaction that your gift makes a difference!

Membership Levels

Every donation is appreciated.
There is a membership level that
is right for you!

  • $25 Senior
  • $50 Individual
  • $100 Family
  • $150 Supporting
  • $250 Patron
  • $500 Sustaining
  • Larger donations are very welcome, too!

How to Join

Donate Securely Online

To donate or become a Friends of the Orinda Library member online, safely donate using any major credit card.

Donate Online

Donate by Mail

If you prefer to become a member by mail, please download and complete the membership form and mail it with a check, made payable to Friends of the Orinda Library to P.O. Box 152, Orinda, CA 94563.

Download Membership Form

Additional Ways
to Donate

Donate Through Your IRA account

Use your IRA for a donation to the Friends! Make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).

If you are age 73 or older, and have an Individual Retirement Account, you must take a Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) every year. If you are not using all your RMD for living expenses, you can lower your taxable income by donating a part of the RMD (up to $100,000 per year) directly from your IRA account to qualified charities.

Any part of the RMD that is sent directly from your IRA custodian to a qualified charity will not be included in your taxable income that year. A gift that you make from RMD funds does not qualify for the exemption—it must go directly from the IRA custodian to the charity.

Reducing your taxable income reduces the amount of tax you pay.

Recently, some IRA custodians (including Schwab and Vanguard) allow IRA holders to keep a checkbook and write checks for these donations themselves. Donors must keep good records in order to calculate the deductible portion. Check with your IRA custodian for details.

The Friends of the Orinda Library is a Federally-recognized 501(c)(3) charity, and is eligible to receive such gifts from IRA accounts. If this sounds like a good idea to you, contact your IRA custodian to ask about making such a gift (called a Qualified Charitable Contribution, or QCD). The Friends’ tax ID is 94-6102921.
If you would like further information on IRA Qualified Charitable Distributions, contact your tax adviser.

Donate Appreciated Stock

When you donate shares of stock or mutual funds to the Friends of the Orinda Library, you enjoy these benefits:

  • No out-of-pocket cost.
  • No capital gains tax on the sale of the stock.
  • Knowledge that the Friends of the Orinda Library receive the full value of the stock when it is sold.
  • A tax deduction for the full amount of the stock, not just the cost when you purchased it.

If you are interested in making a donation of stock to the Friends, information on how to do so can be found here: StockDonations.pdf.

Thank you
for your support!

All donations are fully tax-deductible. The Friends of the Orinda Library is a federally-recognized California 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, founded in 1954. Our federal tax identification number is 94-6102921. The Friends of the Orinda Library is an all-volunteer organization.

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