Planned Giving

The Founder's Circle: Leave a Legacy for MLA

The Music Library Association invites you to become a member of The Founders Circle, a planned giving initiative that is designed to ensure the legacy of both the Association and the donor. The information below provides answers to a number of questions concerning planned giving, and the FAQs document further clarifies the terminology that pertains to planned giving. The FAQs also provide the Association’s business address, the date of its incorporation, and its FEIN number for tax purposes.


What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving is a vehicle for individuals to arrange for future gifts of money or property. (MLA is not supporting the establishment of charitable trusts at this time.) Such gifts usually take the form of bequests, but planned giving may also be effected by naming the Music Library Association as a beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement fund, or by making an outright gift.


Why Think About Planned Giving?

For many who have devoted much of their lives to the profession of music librarianship and who have been long-time supporters of MLA, planned giving represents a way to leave a lasting legacy to the organization. Many individuals may feel that they are not now in a position to give as large a financial contribution to MLA as they may like; planning for future gifts can make possible more generous donations.


What Will Your Gift Support?

Planned giving can benefit any number of MLA programs—publications, research, travel grants or other activities of the Association—whatever is most significant to you. Planned gifts can be used to establish new funds (with a $50,000 initial amount donated), or can be added to any existing designated funds. Planned gifts can also be directed to the MLA operating budget as an unrestricted donation (that is, the money can be made immediately available to support MLA).


Whom Do You Contact?

The President of MLA and the MLA Development Officer will be happy to discuss with you your interests, your situation, and the options available to you. Please contact Mark McKnight, MLA President or Lindsay J. Hansen, Development Officer.



Establish an Endowment

Endowments can be established to support a wide range of activities and research projects, including research leading to the improvement of music library services and collections, continuing education for music librarianship, or the establishment of a scholarship to attract talented individuals to the profession. A minimum of $50,000 and the approval of MLA's Board of Directors are needed to designate an endowment for a specific purpose. Any conditions placed on a bequest must be worked out with the MLA Board at the time your will is drawn up.


FAQs on planned giving

To discuss gifts of any kind, please contact the Music Library Association's Development Officer:

Lindsay J. Hansen

Development Officer, Music Library Association
Oviatt Library
18111 Nordhoff St.
California State University
Northridge, CA  91330-8326
Phone: 818-677-7147



Music Library Association 1600 Aspen Commons Suite 100 Middleton, WI 53562

608-831-8200 FAX
About MLA

The Music Library Association is the professional association for music libraries and librarianship in the United States. Founded in 1931, it has an international membership of librarians, musicians, scholars, educators, and members of the book and music trades. Complementing the Association’s national and international activities are eleven regional chapters that carry out its programs on the local level.