Make a donation?

The Helen Matthes Library accepts many types of donations. Currently, we are in the midst of a building campaign and would appreciate donations for this project. However, any donation would be appreciated as well. We can accept gifts of cash, check, and stocks. You can also donate online using ePay. We also welcome donations in honor of a loved one or the donation of items for our collection and book sale.

Another option is planned giving. Planned gifts are donations to the Helen Matthes Library’s Endowment Fund through an individual’s financial and estate plans. These gifts can help support the library’s long-term mission of providing public library service to Effingham residents. A planned gift can also benefit the donor through tax benefits.

One of the simplest and most popular ways to make a planned gift is to give through your will or trust. You can make a bequest to the Helen Matthes Library’s Endowment Fund (which is held by the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation) by adding the following language to your will:

“I bequeath (dollar amount, percentage of residue of estate or description of property) to the Effingham County Community Foundation, a non-for-profit charitable organization located in Effingham, Illinois, to benefit the Helen Matthes Library Endowment Fund.”

Every individual’s financial situation is unique, so we recommend that you consult an attorney or financial adviser in planning a gift to the Helen Matthes Library. If you would like to discuss a planned gift to the Helen Matthes Library, please write, call, or e-mail (all inquiries are held in strict confidence):

Helen Matthes Library
Amanda McKay, Library Director
100 E. Market Ave.
Effingham, Illinois 62401
217-342-2464, ext. 5
Email Amanda