General Donations

The Burlingame Library Foundation provides vital support to the Burlingame Public Library via private contributions. Your donation supplements city funding, allowing our library to continue to build outstanding collections and offer high-quality, exceptional programming for all ages to our community. Thank you for helping our library thrive!

Donors contribute with various motivations: as tribute in honor of loved ones, to leave a legancy, to express gratitude, or simply to strengthen the financial health of this essential community resource. The Burlingame Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private non-profit corporation registered in the State of California, Tax ID#94-3220365.

Book & Author Luncheon

The Book & Author Luncheon is our signature event and 2018 will mark the 12th annual occasion, to be held on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the Peninsula Golf and Country Club. Featured authors will be announced by the spring. The funds raised enable the Foundation to fulfill its mission of providing vital support for our local library. The Foundation’s specific goals are to enhance the collection, provide access to state of the art information technology, preserve our historic buildings, and support creative programs that enrich the community. Proceeds from the event help keep the Library’s budget sufficient to meet demand, ensuring that access to classes, databases, collections, and special events are available to our community. Sponsorships and underwriting opportunities are available. Click here to learn more about the event.


Sponsors of our annual events, such as the Book & Author Luncheon, are recognized in all publicity materials and on this website. More information is available on the Events page.

Tribute Gifts

You may contribute by designating a tribute gift In Memory Of or In Honor Of someone special. Living honorees (or the loved ones of honorees) receive special notification about your thoughtfulness.

Gifts of appreciated securities

The Burlingame Library Foundation accepts the transfer of appreciated securities directly from you or from your broker. With tax advantages for the donor, many individuals have provided assets to the Library through a gift of appreciated securities.  The donor will need to direct your broker to transfer the stock to Burlingame Library Foundation’s account at Charles Schwab. The donor will need the following information:

  •  Receiving Institution Account Number: 19696867
  •  Account Title / Registration: Burlingame Library Foundation
  •  Contact Name at Charitable Organization: Michael Ma
  •  Contact Telephone Number: 650-558-7404
  •  Mailing Address: 480 Primrose Rd, Burlingame, CA 94010
  •  Name of Receiving Institution/Broker: Charles Schwab & Co.
  •  DTC Number: 0164
  •  Most brokerage houses have a form available online to request the charitable transfer. 

Endowment GIFTS

Interest income from the Burlingame Library Fund’s endowment supports all programs of the Library. Deferred gifts such as trusts and bequests add to the Burlingame Library Foundation’s permanent endowment.

Escoffier Society / Planned Gifts

Those who have made estate plans for the Burlingame Library Foundation, or who make a lifetime contribution of $10,000 or more, are recognized with membership in The Escoffier Society.