Driftwood Library Foundation

The Driftwood Library Foundation is an independent organization dedicated to developing financial resources in support of the Driftwood Public Library. It is a private, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation separate from, and independent of, city government. Financial support from the Foundation provides special gifts and programs to enhance Library services.

Driftwood Library Foundation
2150 SE Highway 101, PMB #331
Lincoln City, OR 97367
E-mail: foundation@driftwoodlib.org

History of Driftwood Library Foundation

Blanche Fischer was born in Long Creek, Oregon, in the northeast central part of the state (30 miles NW of John Day). A gutsy, bright woman, she personified independence by making a name for herself in Portland real estate investment in the 1930s and 1940s.

After retiring to the Lincoln City area on the Oregon coast, she donated the land and building to house the Driftwood Public Library, which until then had occupied a cramped, dusty storefront. The new library site, in fact, was next door to her home. When the library outgrew its quarters and finally moved in 1993, the former site was sold. Its proceeds continue to benefit the library through the Driftwood Library Foundation.

How Endowment Funds are Managed

The Driftwood Library Foundation invests its endowment assets through the Oregon Community Foundation to receive professional investment guidance shared with many other Oregon non-profit organizations. The income received from those investments is used to support Driftwood Library gifts and programs. The Oregon Community Foundation can manage charitable and life income trusts and other planned giving on behalf of the foundation and the contributor.

The Driftwood Library Foundation is an independent organization dedicated to developing financial resources in support of the Driftwood Public Library. Financial support from the Foundation provides special gifts and programs to enhance Library services.

Formed in 1994, the Driftwood Library Foundation is a not-for-profit organization under IRC 501(c)(3), independent of Lincoln City government. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding your gift to the Foundation.

The Foundation is directed by a volunteer community board. Foundation board members work closely with Library staff to identify funding needs that fall outside tax-supported activities of the Library.

Activities of the Driftwood Library Foundation are made possible by the generous donations from our community of library supporters. According to the wishes expressed by donors, gifts are used to support current programs and projects, or are directed to a carefully managed Endowment Fund that generates interest annually to guarantee ongoing support. Generally single gifts of less than $500 are used in current year support while larger gifts are invested in the Library endowment to produce income for programs in future years.

What to Contribute

There are many ways contributors may choose to give, including:, gifts of cash, gifts of stocks or bonds (Gifts of this form are subject to acceptance by the Library Foundation board), gifts of property (Gifts of this form are subject to acceptance by the Library Foundation board), gifts of capital gains, gifts of life insurance and retirement plans, bequests in wills, charitable trusts and estate arrangements, memorials to an individual.

If you match your contribution to the Driftwood Library Foundation with a donation to the Oregon Cultural Trust, that gift might qualify for an Oregon tax credit. For details, see the Oregon Cultural Trust website.

Many corporations provide matching funds for charitable contributions by their employees and retirees. Please submit the appropriate form to increase the amount of your assistance to the Driftwood Library.

Tax Deductible Gifts

Donations to the Foundation may be tax deductible. The Foundation is registered as a private, 501c(3) non-profit corporation with the IRS. Donors should consult their financial advisors regarding specific tax benefits of their gifts.

How to Contribute

  • Donate online via paypal:
  • Donate via postal mail - Fill out and print this form. Mail it to the address in this page's footer. Thank you!
  • Donor Letter of Transfer – To transfer securities as a donation. Print and complete this form. Mail it to the address on the form. Thank you!

The Foundation's endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation provides the opportunity for life income and charitable remainder trusts to be established to benefit the Driftwood Library Foundation and its programs.

You can also Shop for Us at Amazon or Fred Meyer and make us your favorite charity at those sites, thereby giving us a small donation via your purchases at no cost to you.

Shop Amazon.com

If you shop on amazon, go to smile.amazon.com and you will be able to select "The Driftwood Library Foundation" as the charity to whom 0.5% of your purchases will be given. On subsequent shopping trips to Amazon, go to smile.amazon.com to continue giving to the Foundation. The money we receive will be used to support Driftwood Public Library's programs and purchases.


Shop Fred Meyer

Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits. You can support Driftwood Library Foundation by going to www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards and search for "Driftwood Library Foundation" or enter our organization number 82786. Then every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Driftwood Library Foundation earn a donation!

You can ensure a bright future for the Driftwood Public Library by naming the Driftwood Library Foundation as a beneficiary in your will, life insurance policies, or other estate plans. Bequests and gifts may be in the form of money, property, investments, or a portion of an estate. Your gifts can be made directly to the Driftwood Library Foundation or through the Oregon Community Foundation.

We encourage you to consult your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor for help in determining the type of gift that is right for you.

The Foundation's endowment with the Oregon Community Foundation provides the opportunity to establish life income and charitable remainder trusts benefiting the donor and the Driftwood Library Foundation.

To ensure that your gift reverts to the Driftwood Library Foundation, we suggest the following wording in your will or trust documents: "I devise to (or upon the Dissolution of this Trust) (or make as Beneficiary) The Driftwood Library Foundation, an Oregon non-profit corporation, the sum of $_______ (or the ________% of the Estate) (or all the rest, residue and remainder of my Estate or Trust) to be used for carrying out its missions."

Types of Planned Gifts

Your Goals Your Strategy Your Benefits
Make a gift for Driftwood Library Foundation's future that doesn't affect your cash flow or portfolio now. Put a bequest in your will (cash, specific property, or a share of the estate residue). Today – a gift that costs you and your family nothing. Tomorrow – an estate tax deduction.

Retain income benefits from the assets you give to Driftwood Library Foundation – thus afford a larger gift. Create a charitable gift annuity or a charitable remainder annuity trust or unitrust. Receive income for your lifetime; receive a charitable deduction; diversify your holdings.

Reduce high tax liability now; gain additional income later. Establish a deferred gift annuity. A larger deduction and a higher income rate than other life-income gifts offer.

Tap one of the most valuable assets in your portfolio to make a gift to Driftwood Library Foundation. Use real estate to make your gift to Driftwood Library Foundation. Avoid capital gains tax, receive an income tax deduction – and have the option of a gift that doesn't affect your lifestyle.

Reduce gift and estate taxes and control the timing of passing assets to your children and grandchildren. Create a charitable lead trust which supports programs at Driftwood Library Foundation for a fixed, finite period with the principal going to your heirs. Reduce gift and estate taxes, and freeze the taxable value of growing assets before they pass to your family.

Avoid capital gains liability on the transfer of a business or partnership interest. Contribute the partnership interest or closely-held stock to Driftwood Library Foundation. Avoid capital gain liability, receive an income tax deduction, and utilize a gift asset you may have overlooked.

Locate an overlooked asset that you can easily give to Driftwood Library Foundation. Name Driftwood Library Foundation as beneficiary of your retirement plan; leave other assets to family. Eliminate income tax on retirement plan assets; free up other property to pass to your heirs.

Legal Designation

If you wish to name Driftwood Library Foundation in your will or estate plan, we should be named as: Driftwood Library Foundation of Lincoln City, a nonprofit corporation, organized and existing under the laws of the Oregon, with principal business address of 960 SE Highway 101, PMB #331, Lincoln City, OR 97367

Tax identification number: 53-0242652

Date of Incorporation: September 27, 1994

Driftwood Library Foundation is tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is a 50%-type organization under section 170(b)(1)(A).

Contact Information:
Driftwood Library Foundation
2150 SE Highway 101, PMB #331
Lincoln City, OR 97367
E-mail: foundation@driftwoodlib.org

US Bancorp Foundation:

  • Oct 2017 - US Bank Foundation provides $500 sponsorship grant for 2017 Dark & Stormy Night author series.
  • Oct 2016 - US Bank Foundation provides sponsorship grant for 2016 Dark & Stormy Night author series.
  • Fall 2015 - US Bank Foundation provides grant of $500 to support Summer Reading Program focused on school age youth to encourage continued reading while out on summer recess.
  • Fall 2014 - Grant for $500 from the US Bancorp Foundation to support the 2014 Dark & Stormy Night lecture series. The balance of the money was given by The Driftwood Library Foundation.
  • Nov 23, 2010 - "US Bancorp Foundation Gives Grant to Driftwood Library Programs to Support Library Programs."
  • 2014, 2013,..."US Bancorp Foundation Again Gave a Grant This Year to Driftwood Library to Support the Dark & Stormy Nights Series.

Lisa Arsenault (In kind), Richard & Lois Cameron, John & Heather Collier, Doyle & Pamela Daves, Dawn Dutton, Warren Easley, Karin Ellison (In kind), Jim & Kathleen Emmerson, Kenneth & Peggy Fallon, Carol Finch, Ellenjo Gaddy, Carrie Ganschow, Pattie Heringer, Jack Hubbard, Ed & Pat Jones, Daniel Kennedy & Deborah Lincoln, Phil & Mary Krueger, Carolyn and Bentson McFarland, Ellen McIff, Miriam Schaup, Janet Tugman Stone, Estate of, Robert Suckow Memorial Fund, Karen Swenson, Leslie Tugman & John Foseid, in Memory of Janet Tugman Stone, Roger & Judith Wallins, R.W. Woodward in memory of "Skip" Donald Young

Virginia Danzer Memorial - Jean Cameron, James & Linda Lucero, John & Trudie Metschan, Lloyd & Sharon Van Roekel

Corporate Employee Match - IBM Matching Grants, Regence

Grants - US Bank Foundation

Robert Portwood, President
Rare and used book dealer


Mark Irmscher, Secretary
Driftwood Library


John Collier, Treasurer
Retired, computer industry

Mr. Collier joined the board in 2009. In addition he serves as Board President of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and is an elected board member of the Salishan Sanitary District. He volunteers for the AARP Tax Aide program doing income tax returns for the elderly and low income during the tax season.

Previously, he was a public member of the Judicial Administration Committee for the Oregon State Bar association.


Audrey Dickson
Retired, dental professional

Audrey graduated from Taft High School and Dental School of the University of Oregon Dental School (now OHSU) in dental hygiene. She is retired from a career spanning 50 years which included work in general and orthodontic practices as well as teaching.

She held many offices in local, state and national dental hygiene organizations. She is currently a director and officer of the Oregon Dental Hygiene Scholarship & Loan Fund, Inc.


Carolyn "Carrie" J Ganschow
Retired Economist/Social Scientist

Driftwood Library Board, Chairperson; Volunteer at Driftwood Library; Program Chair, AAUW Lincoln City Branch.


Patty Heringer
Retired, librarian

Founding member and current president of Driftwood Library Foundation. Charter member and current treasurer of local chapter of AAUW. Board member and chairman of Neskowin Valley School. Four times host family for AFS foreign high school students.


Lori Lashbrook
Retired Accounting, Nursing, Driftwood Library volunteer.

Purchases on behalf of the Library

  • Van for Library Outreach Services
    April 2015
    The $20,000 van was paid for by the Driftwood Library Foundation with a grant from the Collins Foundation and the City of Lincoln City.


  • Behringer EPA300 Europort Portable PA System
    May 2013
    Portable PA system for the library to use for their various programs in several rooms. Funds from a grant from US Bancorp Foundation were used to support this purchase.


  • Venmill Disc Repair Machine
    June 2011
    This disc cleaner can repair scratches on all the media for music, books on tape and DVD movies. Media accounts for 40% of circulation.


  • Synergy video magnification reading machine
    Feb 2011


  • Sunday New York Times
    Feb 2011 to present
    Subscription for the periodicals section (Reading Room) of the library.


  • Custom-built Puppet Theatre
    Installed July 2010.


  • Curbside Library Book & Media Drop
    American Book Returns
    The most durable stainless steel book returns with the highest capacity carts at the lowest price - all backed with the best warranties


  • Shakespeare Collection on Video


  • Laser printer for Internet stations
  • Grove's Dictionary of ART
    Jane Turner, Editor
    A 34-volume encyclopedia of art. Written by 6,700 experts from around the world, its 32,600-pages cover over 45,000 topics about art, artists, art critics, art collectors, or anything else connected to the world of art.


  • Lobby Art
    Colorful marine-themed mosaic welcomes patrons at the entrance of Driftwood Public Library.


  • Donor Board (Inner Lobby)


  • Custom reading tables suitable for parents and children in the children's area
    These custom-built items for children's use in the children's area are sized for children, and the table is wheelchair accessible.
    Built with specific funds given to the Foundation for the children's room by Robert Suckow's memorial fund.


  • Custom display case in the children's area
    Custom-built item for the children's area.
    Built with specific funds given to the Foundation for the children's room by Robert Suckow's memorial fund.


Library Programs sponsored by the Foundation

  • Summer Reading Program for Youth, 2016 and ongoing
    The Foundation will be a regular supporter of youth prizes for this program.


  • The Kite Runner, March 2015
    The Foundation sponsored the evening performance of the The Kite Runner.


  • Dark and Stormy Night Mystery Series
    An annual October series where 4 to 5 mystery authors (one per week) visit Driftwood Public Library and talk to readers about their craft. Includes an essay contest.

  • Community Days Music Program
    featured the bluegrass band Lucky Gap in 2011 and 2012.


  • Community Days Family Night & Music Programs
    The Foundation is the annual sponsor for a Family Night Program scheduled during Lincoln City Community Days week with the program topic matching the Community Days theme for that year.
  • 2012 Poetry Month
    Sponsored the Oregon poet laureate's visit, Paulann Petersen.
  • 2012 Poetry Contest
    Sponsored contest with the prizes


  • Toddlertime Saturday
    March 24, 2013: Simply Signing Northwest visits the library. A fun, interactive Play & Sign class for adults and children to enjoy together.


The Driftwood Award recognizes an individual or couple for outstanding support and promotion of the Driftwood Public Library in the community. Each year's winner is named on the Driftwood Award plaque in the Fischer Room of the Driftwood Public Library and each winner is given an individual plaque.

The award is given at the community awards banquet following a 10-day series of events called Community Days, sponsored by the City of Lincoln City. Community Days occurs during April each year.

The annual Driftwood Award is given to the person contributing the most to Driftwood Public Library in the past year. Contributions include: volunteer hours working in the library, Friends of the Library whose used book sales provide income, the Foundation of course, some serve on the actual Library board as well.


Driftwood Award Winners

Lifetime: John Blaine


2017: Jim Johnson


2016: Kristin Nichols


2015: Darlene Steffens


2014: Carolyn Ganschow


2013: Vickie Jones


2012: Rosella Watts


2011: Patty Heringer


2010: Cheryl Katen


2009: Millie & Carl Ehrman


2008: Nancy & Nesim Abuaf


2007: Don Swanson


2006: Polly Haehl


2005: Marcy Taylor


2004: Robert Portwood


2003: Sue Jenkins