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Mortimer F. Reynolds Society

Mortimer F. Reynolds founded the Reynolds Library in 1884 to provide free library services to the Rochester community. In 1936, the materials from the Reynolds Library were merged with those of the Rochester Public Library in the newly constructed Rundel Memorial Building.

The Mortimer F. Reynolds Society honors the memory of Reynolds’ love of books and respect for the learning tradition in Rochester. The Society was established to recognize donors who have included Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in their wills or estate plans and have made gifts to the FFRPL endowment fund. Gifts from Reynolds Society members help the Library meet the challenge of providing quality service for future generations. Gifts to Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library through bequests and estate plans will be added to the FFRPL endowment fund. 

Planned Giving to Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library 

While support of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library’s annual, capital and special project campaigns is integral to the well being of the Library, a way to permanently benefit the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is through a gift to the FFRPL’s endowment.

Endowment funds are invested and the principal is left untouched. Income from the endowment allows the Library to provide services not covered in the annual operating budget. Gifts to the FFRPL’s endowment can be made in many different way, including:

  • Gifts of cash or securities: A gift of cash or securities is deductible for federal income tax purposes. Marketable appreciated securities may provide donors with the greatest tax benefit. It is recommended that you seek instructions from your financial advisor before transferring stock.
  • Bequests to endowment: A bequest to Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in your will can forever enrich the Library and the community it serves. Bequests intended to benefit the Library should be made to Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library.
  • Life insurance policies: Naming Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library as the beneficiary of a life insurance policy can be an inexpensive way to benefit the Library.
  • IRA or retirement plan: Designating Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library as the beneficiary of your retirement plan may provide tax savings to your heirs.
  • Trusts: A trust established for Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library can provide donors with income for their lives and benefit the Library thereafter. A trust can also provide income to FFRPL during the donor’s lifetimes with the remainder reverting as the donor directs.
  • Pooled Income Fund: A gift through an established Pooled Income Fund will provide donors with an income for their lives and benefit the Library thereafter.

All of these gifts may be designated as restricted or unrestricted. If you are planning a restricted gift for a special purpose, you are invited to consult with staff at FFRPL to assure that your objectives can be met.

Restricted Gifts and Bequests: Donors may choose to restrict their gifts and bequests of $10,000 or more to provide support in areas of special interest.

Donors may make restricted gifts to establish funds for specific purposes such as:

  • Technology
  • Collections
  • Patent & Trademark Depository
  • Support of a specific library division or branch library
  • Other areas of interest to the donor
  • Digitization of local history material
  • Toy Resource Center

Donors may add to existing permanent endowment funds supporting a variety of continuing Library projects, including:

Donors are encouraged to consult with their financial advisors to select methods of giving. FFRPL staff is available to speak to donors and their advisors. Please call the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library Executive Director at (585) 428-8321 for more information. 

Our most recent 990 annual financial report may be obtained here, or from the NYS Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor,New York, NY 10271 or online from www.charitiesnys.com by searching for our tax ID number: 16-1347453.







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