Margaret A. Edwards Trust

In 2014 the Trustees of the Margaret A. Edwards Trust transferred the fund to ALA/YALSA to manage.  At the time the fund was approximately $800,000.

About Margaret Edwards

Margaret A. Edwards was administrator of young adult programs at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore for over thirty years.  She spent her professional life bringing books and young adults together, pioneering outreach services for teens, and establishing a training program designed especially for librarians beginning their work with teens.Learn more on this web page.


Interest from the Edwards Trust will be used by YALSA to help build the capacity of libraries to connect teens to literature, especially teens from socio-economically challenged communities.

Use of Funds

As per Edwards wishes, the funds go to support the promotion of free reading for teens, especially those in socio-economically challenged areas.  YALSA's Board of Directors voted in January 2015 to use the funds to support programs and services tht focus on helping teens master text-based literacies.  This grant awards $5,000 for a library to use towards improving or expanding the services and programs it provides to help teens master text-based literacies. Funds may be used to provide new or support on-going successful programs. All personal YALSA members who represent a public library or school library are eligible to apply. Up to five grants will be awarded in 2015.

Successful applicants will address teen needs beyond traditional print reading comprehension and be inclusive of activities that help teens build skills to successfully navigate text-based literacies in both a print and an online world. Appropriate activities include but are not limited to navigating nonlinear text, repeatedly evaluating resources, sifting through extraneous materials, inferring meaning, and using a range of features to compose unified messages. Potential applicants can visit YALSA's wiki to learn more about multiple literacies.
Apply via this online form.

Your Support

Your gift to the Edwards Trust will enable YALSA to help future generations of librarians connect teens to young adult literature. Your gift is tax deductible. ALA/YALSA is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and tax payers may deduct contributions representing up to 50 percent of the donor's adjusted gross income if the individual itemizes on her/his tax returns. Contributions are deductible for the year in which they are actually paid or delivered. ALA and YALSA respects your privacy and will honor your wishes. If you wish to remain anonymous, please indicate that when you send in your gift.

Make your tax-deductible donation in either of the following ways:

  • Donate by credit card at the ALA Development Office's secure website. (Fill in the amount you would like to donate in the YALSA box of the "Give to a Division" section).
  • Send a contribution by mail, using the printable mail-in form (PDF). Complete the form and mail it back with your donation to: Friends of YALSA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.
  • Text to Donate: text ALA TEENALA to this number: 41518 to make a $10 donation to the Margaret Edwards Trust.

Donor Recognition

Donors will receive a letter from ALA/YALSA recognizing your generous donation for your tax records, a special listing in YALSA E-News, YALSA's e-newsletter, a special listing on the YALSA website, a donors' conference badge ribbon, reserved seating at the YALSA Membership Meeting, Edwards Luncheon (for ticketholders) and Printz Reception (for ticketholders) at ALA’s Annual Conference and acknowledgment at the annual Membership Meeting. Individuals who contribute to the Edwards Trust via planned giving, will also become members of ALA’s Legacy Society.

For further information, please contact YALSA’s Executive Director at 1.800.545.2433 x4391 or