For immediate release | November 14, 2017

Anonymous donor to match up to $100,000 of ALA Annual Fund contributions

CHICAGO – As the season for gift giving is in full swing, the American Library Association (ALA) has an exciting opportunity! An anonymous donor is matching gifts made to the ALA Annual Fund as of Nov. 1, 2017. Donations are tax-deductible and gifts from an individual donor, up to $1,000, are eligible. The match caps at $10,000 total per ALA unit, and $100,000 overall. Donors can participate by giving online at or sending a check to ALA, 50 East Huron, Chicago, IL 60611.

ALA asks its members, library advocates and the public to consider making a gift to help support its efforts to build a world where libraries of all types are central to transforming lives through education and lifelong learning. By giving to ALA, donors are assisting with efforts to enhance library programs, services and free access to information by strengthening resources for the profession.

“Our nation’s librarians and library workers play such a critical role in leading efforts to empower individuals to better their lives through education,” said ALA President Jim Neal. “Any means of support, providing a financial contribution, and/or serving as an ALA Annual Fund Ambassador, are welcome and greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance to those that join in our efforts to help enhance information services and the profession of librarianship.”

Library supporters can make a difference by actively sharing why they’re supporting ALA's year-end giving campaign and encouraging others to donate via social media using our official giving campaign hashtags #GiveALA and #GivingTuesday. Donors can visit to contribute and to learn about how to become an ALA Annual Fund Ambassador.

A unit is defined as ALA itself (which constitutes one unit) or an ALA division, office, or round table. Specific programs, funds and scholarships align with individual units and therefore donations to those options count toward the total for the sponsoring unit. Donations to the Freedom to Read Foundation and the ALA – APA are not eligible for matching funds.

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 57,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

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ALA Annual Fund 2017


Sheila O’Donnell


Development Office