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The David Rumsey Map Center is the result of generous support from many donors and benefactors. The Center relies on philanthropic gifts to expand programming, preserve materials, and maintain technology. Below are various ways you can make a meaningful gift to support the David Rumsey Map Center. 

 If you have questions or would like to speak to someone about your gift intention, please call the Libraries Development Office at 650-736-9538. 

 Annual Giving 

 Donations made to the David Rumsey Map Center may be tax deductible and support program development, conservation efforts, and technology upgrades. Unrestricted gifts are vital to the ongoing success of the Center.  All gift sizes are welcome. Gifts can be made online; please designate David Rumsey Map Center in the Special Instructions field. If you prefer to mail your donation, please make your check payable to Stanford University, include David Rumsey Map Center in the check's memo line, and send it to Stanford Libraries Development Office, 557 Escondido Mall, Suite 102, Stanford, CA 94305-6004.

Endowed Map Funds 

Endowed funds for library materials have helped build Stanford Libraries' collections since their inception.  The first endowed book fund was created by Jane Lathrop Stanford, the university's co-founder.  An endowed map fund would provide the David Rumsey Map Center with funds to acquire cartographic material in perpetuity. Donors may elect to establish a general map fund, or in consultation with the rare map curator, designate a map fund for a specific subject area. A bookplate is designed and appended to the online catalogue record for each item purchased from the fund. Endowed map funds may be established with a minimum gift or pledge of $25,000. Endowment opportunities are also available for named curatorships, as well as funds for preservation and technology-two critical areas for the Center to continue supporting the research and teaching needs on campus and beyond. Gift levels vary for specialty endowments, for more information, please contact Gabrielle Karampelas at 650-497-4414.

 Sponsor a student worker

The David Rumsey Map Center provides a wonderful opportunity for students to engage with the rich cartographic collections of the Center. Student workers provide invaluable support to the Center, including but not limited to supporting requests for materials, cataloguing and inventory of collections and general reference support. Sponsoring a student worker starts at a gift level of $5,000. For more information, please contact David Jordan at 650-723-3866.


Planned Giving 

 Planned giving provides for a future gift through your financial and estate plans. The university welcomes gifts made through different planned giving arrangements. These arrangements can provide for you or your loved ones; entitle you to charitable income and/or gift or estate tax deductions; and enable you to leave a legacy for The David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford Libraries.

While not able to provide tax or legal advice, the Library Development Office can discuss philanthropic opportunities and can connect you to a member of Stanford's Planned Giving Office to review all available options. Contact Gabrielle Karampelas at 650-497-4414 for additional information. 

Donations of Cartographic Materials

If you are interested in donating your rare map collection, or participating in our Digital Philanthropy Program which grants Stanford the opportunity to scan your physical maps, return the originals to you, and deposit a digital surrogate into the Libraries' online catalog, please contact G. Salim Mohammed, Head and Curator, at 650-723-5100.