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Mary Louise Stong Society

As we are forever grateful to our dedicated donors, we recognize those who have provided for Friends of San Francisco Public Library in their estate plans by inviting them to join the Mary Louise Stong Society. One of our Founders and the first to make a legacy gift to the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Mary Louise Stong dedicated 45 years to San Francisco's public libraries.

Miss Stong joined the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library in 1957. She became increasingly involved with the Friends to improve the library facilities available to the people of San Francisco and California. She worked to strengthen the effectiveness of the Friends and served as its President from 1973 to 1975.

In 1972, she co-founded Keep Libraries Alive, a dynamic lobbying organization. She served on the board of the Friends of California Libraries from 1967 to 1972 and was co-chairperson of Legislation for the California Library Associationin 1973. In 1982, she was appointed to the San Francisco Public Library Commission. She was instrumental in securing the Marshall Square site for the new Main Library and the passage of Proposition A to provide funding for the building of the new library. Mayor Frank Jordan proclaimed October 6, 1992 as Mary Louise Stong Day. 

Mary Louise Stong Conference RoomIn appreciation for her dedication and to honor this amazing woman, the San Francisco Public Library named the Main Library's first floor conference room after her.

You can ensure your support will live on as an ongoing gift to future generations by including Friends of the San Francisco Public  Library in your estate plans. Making a planned or legacy gift provides needed resources for future Library users. Your gift can extend the  joy you have experienced at the Library to others, while giving you substantial financial benefits and tax savings. 

There are a variety of ways to make a charitable, planned gift. One of the simplest is to give through your will or living trust. You can also make the Library a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

Various types of Charitable Trusts can provide specific benefits such as reductions in estate taxes, elimination of capital gains, and tax deductions that support your financial plan both now and in the future. A Charitable Remainder Trust (CRT) or Charitable Lead Trust (CLT) can be a powerful tool for allowing you to make a significant gift to the Library while also providing tax advantages. A Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) provides tax advantages and a fixed income for life.

If you have already made a legacy gift, please let us know so we may send you an invitation to our Mary Louise Stong Society Legacy Circle. If you intend to make a planned gift or have any questions, please email ( or call our Chief Advancement Officer, Craig Palmer, at (415) 477-5220 so we may provide you with more information and answer your questions.

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