Leave a Legacy

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make."

                                                                                              ~ Jane Goodall

Turn a simple plan for your future into a lasting legacy. Planned gifts to the Library have a clear impact and speak to a personal belief in the power of knowledge, made freely available to one and all.        


To make a planned gift, you can:

  • Name the Library Foundation in your will or codicil

  • Name the Library Foundation in a charitable trust

  • Designate the Library Foundation as a beneficiary of a retirement plan or life insurance policy


Planned gifts make it possible for you to increase your spendable income, complement your retirement income and reduce your tax burden. A planned gift offers you a way to distribute part, or all, of your estate to the Library, ensuring the highest standards of library service for generations to come. We are happy to work with you to determine how your gift will be used, so that your contribution honors what has been most impactful in your life.  


We encourage you to seek the assistance of your personal legal and financial advisors to determine the most advantageous means of supporting TCPL through planned giving. 


Please contact Suzanne Smith Jablonski, Executive Director of the Tompkins County Public Library Foundation, at (607) 272-4557 ext. 231 or ssmithjablonski@tcpl.org to discuss your gift.

"Twenty years ago, we established the Library's first collection endowment in honor of our son, Sanjay. A student of history and political science, Sanjay was an activist believing strongly in the need to improve the socio-political status of the underprivileged and deprived minorities - so in tribute, we started a book fund to commemorate his passions and ideals. We've contributed to the Library annually ever since, and have also established an additional endowment fund to support the staff professional development. We give because we believe the Library helps us one and all become more informed and engaged."

- Rajindra and Sarla Aneja (pictured here with their daughter, Rajni Aneja)