How to Give

There are many ways to make your gift a reality at the Portland State Library:

Direct Gift

Gifts of cash, check, or credit card have an immediate impact on the Portland State Library. Make checks payable to the PSU Foundation. Gifts can be made online with a credit card through the PSU Foundation’s secure website or by calling Library Development at (503) 725-4616.

Honor with Books

In recognition of each $100 gift made to Honor with Books, the University Library will place a commemorative bookplate in a newly purchased book in the subject area of your choosing. The bookplate will bear the name of the donor and the person in whose honor the gift is being made. For generations to come, each time the book is used, your honoree will be recognized, and your gift will be appreciated. Please complete and mail the Honor with Books Form.


The full-market value of gifts of appreciated securities is tax deductible. In most cases, appreciation in the value of the security benefits the Library and is not taxable to the donor.

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match employees’ gifts to the Library. Employees of eligible companies should request a matching gift form from their employer and send it completed and signed with their gift; the impact of the gift may be doubled or possibly tripled. Some companies also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Find out if your employer will match your gift. 

Planned Gifts

For further information about making a planned gift or bequest to Portland State, please visit the Portland State University Planned Giving pages for more information.

Real Estate

Real property, either in its entirety or in part, can be deeded to The PSU Foundation to benefit the Library. It is possible to arrange a sizable tax deduction by deeding a home to the Library, while continuing to occupy the property for life.


In writing a will or living trust, donors can specify that they would like their estate to benefit the Portland State Library.

Charitable Gift Annuity

Donors may transfer money, securities, or real estate in trust to the Library and receive income for themselves or another, for life. Donors may receive immediate tax benefits, and ultimately the Library receives the trust property.

Qualified Retirement Plans

Naming The PSU Foundation as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan (IRA, KEOGH, 401(k) or 403(b)) may be particularly advantageous to donors; doing so may result in more assets being passed on to heirs than if the donor makes a bequest from other funds in the estate.