Gifts & Endowment

How can I give to the Library?

All philanthropic gifts are welcome. You may designate that your gift goes to a restricted (Library Endowment or Material Acquisition)  or an unrestricted (Library Gift Fund) gift account.

Benefits of Giving

Making a gift has both tangible and intangible benefits including the marketing of a business, honoring the legacy of your family, and, overall, providing a virtual and physical environment that supports the comprehensive, local access to globally recognized programs to advance our students and our region.

Contact the Helmke Library Dean (260-481-6086) or the IPFW Office of Advancement to discuss donations.

More information about the 2016 library renovation!

Naming Opportunities for
Library Learning Spaces


The IPFW Helmke Library has completed its most comprehensive renovation in its 44-year history. The Library re-opened on January 17, 2017 as a state-of-the-art hub for innovative learning. Because of supporters like you, the Helmke Library renovation ('Helmke Library Refresh') provides students, alumni, faculty, and our Indiana community free access to:

  • A physical and virtual space connected through an upgraded power grid, network, and Wi-Fi access
  • Public access to Indiana's Statewide Remote Circulation Service (SRCS), linking 52 academic libraries, 113 libraries, and 2 special libraries, including the Indiana State Library
  • New computing facilities throughout, a high-end computer lab, and a digital teaching/learning classroom
  • A new grand staircase that connects the first floor and the second floor IPFW learning commons
  • Digital collections showcasing scholarly and creative accomplishments and archival collections of IPFW faculty, students, alumni, and staff developed in cooperation with community partners such as the Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society.

To celebrate the impact of the outstanding library on the IPFW campus, we invite you to continue your support and consider naming one of the Library's beautiful learning spaces.

Your gift of any size will make an important impact. However, for as little as $1,000, you can honor or memorialize a friend, loved one, a student, faculty or staff member or a business.

For more information about these naming opportunities, please contact the Office of Advancement at 260-481-6962 to discuss pledge opportunities, including multi-year and deferred gift options.

Thank you to our 2016 Campaign donors!


Jana L. Ankenbruck

Alice Lou Branstrator

Drs. Howard L. and Elizabeth Chapman

Stephen P. Coburn

Eve Marie Colchin

Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne

Engineering Resources Inc.

Dr. James O. Farlow and Mrs. Karen A. Farlow

Mr. Richard William Florea

Robert B. Gillespie

Mr. Stephen Dee Hakes

Edward and Mary Lou Hutter

Dr. J. Randolph Kirby

Mr. Anthony Lardydell

Prof. Kimberly S. McDonald and Mr. David N. Brumm

Tracy Ann Patton

Pro Resources Staffing

Mr. James Alan Roehm

Mary Lou Stewart

Richard D. Waterfield

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What is the Helmke Library Endowment?

The Helmke Library's Endowment was established in 1982 following a major community fund drive. The income from the endowment helps support the library's collection budget each year.

An endowment provides a perpetual flow of operational funding for a program; the principal is invested and earnings over a certain amount are channeled back into the fund. Well-managed endowments generate income indefinitely.

How do I benefit from donating to the IPFW Library?

State and federal tax legislation encourage charitable donations. In addition to the federal tax deduction you receive, Indiana law allows a tax credit against your adjusted gross income tax liability for contributions made to eligible colleges and universities. This credit is available even if you do not itemize deductions on the federal return. Consult the College Credit, Schedule CC-40 for more information.

How can I maximize my gift?

Many companies encourage employee giving by sponsoring programs that match employee gifts to colleges and universities. Some companies may also match gifts made by retirees and/or spouses.

Matching gifts go to the same programs which you designated for your gift unless company policy requires otherwise. Most companies require the employee to complete the company's matching gift form (usually available from the company's Personnel or Human Resources office) and send a copy of the form to IPFW along with the employee gift.

If your company offers matching gifts, you may be able to access the forms directly through a search of Is Your Employer a Matching Company?