Planned Giving

Nashville Public Library is a community institution like no other, transforming the landscape of our city by comprehensively enriching our neighbors’ lives. Nashville changes for the better every day when a child’s imagination is captivated by one of our world-famous puppet shows, when a teen learns to believe in herself as she explores her creativity in the Studio, or when two people come to better understand each other through a conversation in our Civil Rights Room.

The Nashville Public Library Foundation exists to make moments like these possible. Through generous gifts from our donors, we support the library’s mission to engage with our community’s needs, nurture curiosity and confidence in our children, and foster lifelong learning throughout our city.

What is Planned Giving?

Planned giving is any deferred gift intended to benefit the future of Nashville Public Library. There are a variety of financial arrangements that will allow you to make a planned gift to NPLF.  Your charitable bequest or other planned gift will not only ensure the library and its programs thrive, it will allow you to create a deeply meaningful legacy to be shared by the people of Nashville for generations to come.

Bequest in Your Will
You may make a bequest of cash, stocks and bonds, real estate, personal property, or a percentage of your estate.

Life Insurance
You may designate NPLF as beneficiary on your insurance policy or transfer the policy outright.

Individual Retirement Account
You may designate NPLF as full or partial beneficiary on your accounts.

A trust may be established to benefit NPLF now or at a later time.

You may make an outright gift to NPLF and receive annuity payments until a specified time in the future.

A Legacy of Giving

Is the Nashville Public Library Foundation already in your will, trust or other estate plans? Thank you! Please share your giving intentions with us, as it helps us plan for the future. Contact Elizabeth Sherrard at 615.862.5814 or Your gift may remain anonymous, if you like.

Don’t have a will? You’re not alone! Now is a great time to start planning, and please consider including a bequest to NPLF in your estate plans. Contact Elizabeth for suggested “bequest language” and the NPLF tax ID to share with your attorney.

Tell Us About Your Planned Gift

If you have already made a planned gift to NPLF, thank you! Please fill out the form at the button below to inform us of the gift and help in our efforts to plan long-term for NPLF’s future.

Learn  More

To learn more about our planned giving program, please fill out the form at the button below and someone will be in contact with you shortly. You can also contact Elizabeth Sherrard at or 615.862.5814.