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Help change America through literacy

Mrs. Bush once said, “If we don’t give everyone the ability to simply read and write, then we aren’t giving everyone an equal chance to succeed.”

One in five adults in the United States struggles to read basic sentences. Your gift supports Barbara Bush’s vision and our mission to ensure every American has the opportunity to read, write, and comprehend in order to navigate the world with dignity.

For more information on ways to give, please contact Charlotte Abbott at charlotte@barbarabush.org or at 850.562.5300.

Employer Match

Find out if your employer MATCHES GIFTS.

If your employer has employee matching gift programs, you can extend the impact of your gift to the Barbara Bush Foundation. As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, the Foundation is eligible for gift matches from many companies. Matching your gift is an easy way to maximize your investment and make an even bigger difference.

Each company has its own guidelines. Most corporate procedures are simple:

  • 1. Request a matching form from your company.
  • 2. Complete and submit the form to the Barbara Bush Foundation along with your donation receipt.
  • 3. The Barbara Bush Foundation will verify the completed form and return it to the company.
  • 4. The company issues a matching gift contribution to the Barbara Bush Foundation.

Completed gift matching forms can be mailed to:

  • Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy
  • Attn: Charlotte Abbott
  • 1307 New York Ave. NW Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20005
Planned Giving

At the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, we strive to provide multiple gifting opportunities that provide flexibility to the donor. You can learn more below or contact us at 850.562.5300 to find the opportunity that best fits your needs.


Maximize your charitable deduction and deliver immediate benefits to the Foundation.


Send a check, wire funds, or contribute online.


You receive a full charitable deduction and your donation delivers a gift that can be used immediately.

Charitable Bequest

Give without affecting cash flow during your lifetime.


Include a charitable bequest in your will or trust. Your will or trust directs a bequest to the Foundation.


Your assets remain in your control during your lifetime, and you can modify your bequest if circumstances change.

Appreciated Securities

It is possible to receive tax breaks for gifts of appreciated securities.


Transfer securities you have owned for 1+ years to the Foundation, which then sells your securities and uses the proceeds for programs.


You avoid capital gains taxes on securities donated, and receive an immediate income-tax deduction for the fair market value of the securities on the date of transfer.

*Important tip: Don’t sell the stock first. Even though you give the Foundation the proceeds as a gift, the IRS will impose capital gains tax on your sale, wiping out the benefits of this arrangement.

Name a Beneficiary

Support literacy by naming the Foundation as one of your beneficiaries. It may provide tax relief for your other beneficiaries.


Name the Foundation as a full or partial beneficiary on a bank account, your retirement plan, IRA, 401(k), or other qualified plan by noting the percentage of the account balance each beneficiary is entitled to receive. The remaining balance in your retirement account passes to the Foundation after your death.


You avoid estate and income taxes on the balance of your retirement savings, may reduce the tax burden on your heirs and beneficiaries, and retain the ability to make withdrawals during your lifetime. You have the ability to change your beneficiary should circumstances change.

Charitable Lead Trust

Support the Foundation and preserve your wealth for your beneficiaries.


Make a significant gift in trust and create a fixed payment to the Foundation for a period of time with the remaining trust assets coming to you or your named beneficiaries.


If established in your lifetime, you can transfer assets and may receive an immediate tax deduction for a portion of your contribution.

Charitable Remainder Trust

Make a significant gift in trust and create a flexible source of income.


Transfer assets to the trust. The trust makes required income distributions to you or your beneficiaries. When the trust terminates, the principal passes to the Foundation.


You may receive immediate tax deductions for your gift. You pay no up-front capital gains tax on the appreciated assets you transfer, and you have the satisfaction of making a significant gift that benefits you now, and the Foundation later.

IRA Rollover

Support literacy and reduce potential tax burdens.


If you’re 70 ½ or older, you may be able to donate up to $100,000 annually from your individual retirement account directly to the Barbara Bush Foundation.


If you donate from your individual retirement account directly to the Barbara Bush Foundation you may not have to recognize the distribution as income.

Our employees or representatives do not offer legal or financial advice. We strongly urge prospective donors to consult with their attorney, financial advisor, estate planning professional, accountant, or other appropriate professional before making any material decisions based on information we provide through our web site, printed materials, or other sources.

The Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, a Public Charity, is a 501(c)(3) organization, FEIN 26-0587238. Information concerning Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Inc., including financial, licensing or charitable purpose(s) may be obtained, without cost, on our website, or by writing to Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, Attn: Charlotte Abbott, 1307 New York Ave. NW Suite 701, Washington, D.C. 20005.

Donor-Advised Fund

A donor-advised fund is like a charitable investment account specifically designed to make it easy to support the organizations you care about. When you contribute assets to a donor-advised fund, you are eligible to take an immediate tax deduction. Those funds can be invested for tax-free growth and you can recommend grants to virtually any IRS-qualified public charity.

Support the Barbara Bush Foundation through your donor-advised fund and combine favorable tax benefits with the flexibility to support your favorite causes at any time.

Event Sponsorship

Every year, we host events to help us raise much-needed funds to change people’s lives through literacy. Help us solve our country’s most pressing issues and contact Charlotte Abbott to learn about sponsorship opportunities at charlotte@barbarabush.org or 850.562.5300.

For more information about our upcoming events, check out NEWS & EVENTS.