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You can make a meaningful tribute to honor loved ones or friends with an honorary or memorial gift to the University Library System.

The Honorary and Memorial Gift programs are wonderful ways for you to honor loved ones or friends.

Honorary Gifts

Honorary gifts allow you to acknowledge a friend or family member’s birthday, wedding, anniversary, or other special occasion or accomplishment.

Memorial Gifts

Memorial gifts are a meaningful way to mark the passing of a loved one or close friend.

Suggested wording for an obituary, which invites friends and family to contribute to the University of Pittsburgh Library System in memory of the deceased, is Memorial contributions to the “University of Pittsburgh Library System ” in memory of . The online or mail-in gift forms allow you to indicate who your gift will honor or memorialize.

Notifications

In addition to the letter of thanks we send to donors, we are also happy to send notifications when a gift has been made in honor or remembrance of friends and loved ones.

Make an honorary or memorial gift ONLINE

Make an honorary or memorial gift BY MAIL

For more information or questions about the Honorary and Memorial Gift program, contact Renée Pekor, Director of Development, University Library System or visit our program page.

Find out how you can double or even triple the size of your gift to the University Library System by participating in a workplace matching gift program. Many employers match charitable contributions made by their employees. Learn More

You can amplify the impact of your generosity to the University Library System and potentially create lifetime income streams and reduce your taxes. Naming the University of Pittsburgh Library System as a beneficiary in your will or retirement account, making gifts of appreciated stock, or creating a charitable gift annuity are among the most popular planning giving strategies. Learn More

Gifts by Will or Living Trust

Leaving a gift to the University Library System in your will is a simple way to leave a lasting legacy without affecting your cash flow during your lifetime.

Gifts of Life Insurance

If you have more insurance coverage than you need, you may consider gifting a paid-up policy to the University Library System. By gifting your policy to us, you will receive a charitable income tax deduction equal to the cash surrender value of the policy.

Gifts of Retirement Plan Assets

By naming the University Library System as a beneficiary of your IRA, 401(k), or other qualified retirement plan, you can leverage your retirement assets to benefit you and your family, while reducing taxation and supporting the University Library System far into the future.

Charitable Gift Annuity

By establishing a charitable gift annuity, you will receive a fixed payout and significant tax benefits from the University. This type of gift is recommended for donors age 65 and older. Visit the Pitt Charitable Gift Annuity website for more information.

Deferred Gift Annuity

You can build retirement earnings by deferring the onset of annuity payments and utilizing compounding interest. This option is recommended for younger donors as annuity payments begin at age 55, while the tax deduction is given at the time of the gift. Visit the Pitt Deferred Gift Annuity website for more information.

Charitable Remainder Trusts

Combine a charitable gift with a predictable fixed-income payout by planning your donation into an individually managed trust. Choose from several options that best meet your personal financial situation and the needs of the school.

Charitable Lead Trusts

Freeze the taxable income of your appreciating assets by using them to make gifts today and pass them back to family members later. This giving option is a great way to transfer wealth to your family members and avoid future gift or estate taxes. Visit the Pitt Charitable Lead Trusts website for more information.

More Information

Contact Renée Pekor, Director of Development, University Library System, or the University of Pittsburgh Office of Planned Giving for more information. We can provide information about what type of planned gift might by right for you.

Giving real estate to the University can benefit the University Library System today and perhaps even provide life-long income to you. Contact Renée Pekor, Director of Development, University Library System, or the University of Pittsburgh Office of Planned Giving for more information or to discuss what type of planned gift might by right for you. Learn More

Beyond the traditional methods of giving, you can also donate through stock transfers, wire transfers, IRA rollovers, or through a donor advised fund. Learn More

The University of Pittsburgh Faculty and Staff Campaign is your opportunity to make a gift to support the ULS Library General Fund or specific ULS fund important to you. For more information as to where you may wishes to direct your gift visit the Pitt Faculty and Staff Campaign

Contact:

Renée Pekor
Director of Development,
University Library System
University of Pittsburgh
271 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Phone: 412-443-6185 (mobile),
412-648-7739 (office)
Email: Pekor.renee@pitt.edu