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Giving to GW Libraries & Academic Innovation

Cash Gifts

Cash gifts make an immediate impact on GW Libraries and Academic Innovation, and support our work to improve the student academic experience. Cash gifts also maximize the charitable deduction from your taxable income and may be in the form of outright gifts, payroll deductions, or pledge payments, generally payable within five years of the initial pledge. If your employer offers a matching program, the dollar amount of your gift may be doubled at no additional cost to you. There are many specific designations that you could make, from GWLAI’s teaching and learning activities, to our print and electronic resources, to the technology and spaces we provide. Making a gift to the GWLAI Dean’s Fund enables us to support the Dean's highest priorities. For those interested in learning more about the specific opportunities, our staff are happy to walk through the options.

Planned Giving

Have you considered including the GW Libraries and Academic Innovation in your estate plan through a planned gift?

Our planned giving program offers you the opportunity to combine your charitable interest with estate planning options that often feature favorable tax treatment. Learn more about our program and your options.

Planned giving often includes estate gifts, such as bequests and gifts of retirement plans and life insurance. But did you know that you can make a planned gift to GW Libraries and Academic Innovation that simultaneously provides lifetime income to you or your beneficiary? Giving instruments such as charitable gift annuities, deferred gift annuities, and charitable remainder trusts can provide significant financial and tax benefits to you while enabling you to give at a level you might not have thought possible. Please contact the university’s development office for more information.

Donating Materials

Thank you for your interest in donating books. At this time, we do not accept most materials for our general circulating collections.

However, we are interested in rare and unique materials of historic interest such as diaries, correspondence, manuscripts, and photographs for our special and specialized collections. If you would like to know more about donating rare or archival materials to GW Libraries, please contact us by e-mail at

GW Libraries and Academic Innovation extends its gratitude to all donors, including Emeriti faculty and staff, who have donated their archives and collections. Your support significantly benefits all GW students, faculty, and staff.