Foundation for the Indian Trails Library District
The Indian Trails Public Library gets approximately 90% of its funding through property taxes. Unlike other governmental entities, such as park or school districts, the library does not have a revenue stream or charge fees for services, other than recouping the cost of materials for special programs.
In the past, fines for overdue books offset expenses of special projects. However, in 2019, the library joined a consortium and made the decision to end fines because it felt fines negatively impacted people’s access to material.
Fortunately, the library has a foundation that actively raises funds for requested items and helps advocate for the library in the community. In the past the library has purchased
- books to be given out to children for reading programs
- expansion and enhancement of the Reading Garden
- Launch Pad on the Go Kits
- Sewing machines for classes
The foundation raises funds through
- Used book sales
- Annual appeal
- Special events
- Restaurant days
You can help
The foundation seeks donation of all amounts from people who want to make sure their public library is a strong community organization. All funds raised go directly to enhance and expand the services and programs of the library.
The 2017 tax reform law substantially increased the standard tax deduction limit. The unfortunate result was that charitable gifts dropped significantly as more Americans lost the benefit of itemized deductions.
On March 27, 2020, the CARES Act was signed into law. For those that will claim the standard deduction (now $12,400 for singles and $24,800 for married couples filing jointly), the CARES Act added a $300 “above-the-line” deduction. This impacts approximately 90% of U.S. taxpayers. You can now deduct up to $300 even if you’re not itemizing on your tax return. Always consult your tax professional concerning your specific situation.
2020 Foundation Board of Directors
Meetings are held on Wednesdays, 7 p.m. at the Indian Trails Library. All meetings are open to the public.
January 22 – Annual Meeting (offsite)
March 8 – Canceled
April 15 – Canceled
May 13 – Canceled
July 8 – Canceled
December 9 – no meeting held