Other Ways To Give

Learn about other ways to give to First Book such as donor advised funds, estate bequests, in-kind gifts, international gifts, stock gifts, and more.
Monthly Giving

Recurring monthly donors give a modest, pre-set gift every month that is charged to their credit card automatically. This provides a steady, ongoing source of books and resources for educators and children across the country.

Monthly giving is flexible: You can cancel, change your gift amount, or change your credit card information any time simply by notifying us at feedback@firstbook.org or (866) 732-3669.

Employer Matching Gifts
Many companies will match their employees gifts to nonprofits. Take advantage of your company’s benefit to double or even triple the impact of your gift to First Book.
  1. Contact your company’s human resources department to find out if they match gifts.
  2. Request a matching gift form from them and complete the form using the following information.
  3. Email or mail your completed employer matching gift form to:

EIN (Employer Identification Number): 52-1779606

First Book
1319 F Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20004
(866) 732-3669

Organizational type: education, literacy, basic needs, community improvement

Gifts in Honor or Memory
Make your gift even more special by recognizing a friend or loved one in the process. You can give a gift in honor or memory online or offline.
  1. Online Giving
  • Click here to donate [www.firstbook.org/donate]
  • Check the box that reads, “Dedicate my donation in honor or in memory of someone”
  • Follow the easy steps to fill in their name and email
  • Complete your donation
  1. Offline Giving
  • Simply download our donation form mail it to us at the address printed on the form. Complete the section dedicated to honoring or memorializing someone special.
  • First Book will send a letter to you confirming receipt of your gift, and a separate letter to the person(s) to be informed.
Gifts of Stocks and Securities
Donating stock or securities is a great way to advance First Book’s mission and receive a tax benefit, including:
  • A federal income charitable contribution tax deduction based on the stock’s fair market value on the date of the gift (up to 30% of your adjusted gross income) if the stock was owned for more than one year
  • Carryover of the deduction for up to five additional years if the fair market value of the gift is more than 30% of your adjusted gross income
  • Avoidance of capital gains tax that is due when you sell appreciated stock

Note: Stock owned for one year or less is considered a short-term asset and usually won’t produce attractive tax benefits. Also, if stock has decreased in value, selling it and making a cash gift to the SPLC is probably more beneficial. You can take a capital loss on federal taxes and still enjoy a charitable deduction up to 50% of your adjusted gross income.

How to Donate Stocks & Securities

  1. Provide First Book’s brokerage account information to your broker:

Merrill Lynch DTC 5198
For A/C: First Book, Washington, DC
AC# 7FT-02028
Telephone number 301-230-6639

  1. Email or call us at (866) 732-3669 with the name of the stock and the number of shares being transferred. This ensures the gift is properly credited and acknowledged.