Ways to Give

A gift to the White Oak Library District Foundation is a long-term investment - both for you and the Library District.

  • Memorials and Tributes
  • IRA Distributions
  • Naming Rights
  • Bling Bling Sale

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

Looking for a way to remember or honor a loved one? Our Donor Recognition Trees are a meaningful way to create a lasting tribute. Or, perhaps you wish to show your appreciation for the Library with a personal message of support. Whatever the reason, gifts to the Library Foundation of $250 or more are recognized on one of our beautiful Donor Recognition trees. Each tree contains copper, silver, and gold leaves and a limited number of acorns that can be inscribed with a name, message, or both.

The donation amounts for each are:
Copper: $250 - $499
Silver: $500 - $749
Gold: $750 - $999
Acorn: $1,000 - $4,999

You may choose to donate the entire amount by check payable to White Oak Library Foundation. Or, If you wish to pay electronically, choose a one time or monthly payment option through PayPal.

To order the inscription, print the fillable form and drop off or mail to the Library noting your payment choice. Forms are also available at each Branch Library at the Circulation Desk. Questions? Email the Foundation Liaison at whiteoakfound@gmail.com.

Donors are also recognized on the Our Supporters pages.

Qualified Charitable Distributions from an IRA

If you have an IRA and are at the age that requires you to take an annual Required Minimum Distribution (RMD), you can reduce or eliminate the income from that distribution for federal tax purposes when you make a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) of some or all of your IRA distribution to a 501(c)3 organization, like the White Oak Library Foundation!

The QCD allows individuals age 70.5 years and older to make direct transfers of up to $100,000 per year from individual retirement accounts to qualified charities without having to count the transfers as income for federal tax purposes.

Provisions of the Qualified Charitable Distribution:

Distributions must be made directly to a qualified charity (like the Library Foundation) by the plan administrator of an IRA. Retirement assets in 401(k), 403(b), SEP, or SIMPLE plans do not qualify but may be rolled into a new or existing IRA and transferred to the charity. For more information on Qualified Charitable Distributions, please see IRA FAQs - Distributions (Withdrawals) and consult a financial advisor or accountant.

Please contact your plan administrator to make a donation through a QCD to the White Oak Library Foundation (EIN 84-3074711), 201 W. Normantown Road, Romeoville, IL 60446.

If the donor wishes, gifts made to the Foundation as QCDs will be recognized in the same special ways as non-QCD gifts. These recognitions include being listed on the Our Supporters page, being recognized with a leaf or acorn on one of our Donor Recognition Trees (gifts $250 to $4,999), or being granted a named space in one of our buildings through our Naming Rights Initiative (if approved by the Foundation Board of Directors) for gifts of $5,000 and more.

For more information, please contact the Foundation office by email.

Naming Rights Initiative - Gifts of $5,000 and More

For those of you looking to create a legacy for yourself, your family, or your business, while making an impactful financial commitment to the Library, we urge you to consider the benefits of the Naming Rights Initiative. Named spaces can be a lasting and beautiful tribute, a memorial to a loved one, or your way to express your appreciation for the Library. Study Rooms, Children's and Adult Departments, Teen Rooms, Computer Labs, and Meeting Rooms are available. The Naming Rights Agreement provides details.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact Library Director Scott Pointon or call 815-552-4226. The donation to our 501(c)3 will come with certain tax benefits depending on how you choose to fund it, and we urge you to discuss those options with your tax advisor.

Bling Bling Sale/Fundraiser

The 3rd Annual Bling Bling Sale/Fundraiser of used jewelry and assorted bling has been scheduled for the 3rd weekend in September 2024, at the Romeoville Branch. This sale is a major fundraiser for the Library Foundation, which is organized by the Foundation Directors and a committee of dedicated volunteers. At the present time, we do not have exact hours (or even days) for the sale, but it will take place over all or part of the weekend of September 20 - 22nd. Donation collection will begin in June. Look for the pink collection boxes at each branch library. Questions should be directed to Foundation Liaison Patricia Jarog.