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Ways to Give

GFO is Oregon’s largest genealogical library and exists through donations and volunteer efforts.  There are three ways you can donate to GFO: giving financial support; giving books and research materials, equipment and office supplies, and "treasures" for our raffles; and giving personal papers or manuscripts.  Our Fundraising Policy can be found here.

Make a Monetary Donation
Just want to support the organization? When you donate to the General Fund, your gift will go where it's most needed to directly support GFO's mission. In addition to the General Fund, you may earmark your donation for a specific fund or cause. For more information, go to our Donation page or send us an email.

Donate Books or other Items to the Library
Our Library has grown over the years through the generous donation of books and other materials by our members. The GFO accepts all donations of books, electronic media, and genealogical publications with the understanding that materials may be added to the GFO Library collection offered free to other interested repositories or members, sold, traded, or discarded as deemed appropriate. See our Collection Development Policy for more information about the material that we want to collect.  If you have questions about book donations, please send us an email.

The Library sometimes accepts items that are important to maintaining the facility, such as computers, printers, or up-to-date AV equipment.  Please contact the GFO to see if there is a current need for the equipment before bringing it to the Library.  We also accept office supplies and paper. Anything we cannot use is offered free to our members.  Questions? Send us a message.

Donate Research and Personal Papers
As space permits, the GFO accepts non-published materials, The goal of the Digital Manuscripts Collection is to digitize and create finding aids for personal papers and related non-published materials that have been donated by members and the community.  This allows access to resources that have unique genealogical value.  The committee manages the collection in accordance with the Library's Collection Development Policy

Many of the collections we receive are a mix of personal papers, resource materials, photos, and other items.  These collections will be sorted before digitizing.  The GFO is not an archival facility.  Once the material is digitized, it is recycled or occasionally distributed to an appropriate archive. 

Materials of greatest value to the Digital Manuscript Collection include Genealogy charts and family group sheets, Correspondence related to the families included in the collection, Organized research notes and supporting materials, Diaries, journals, and Bible records whether originals or copies,  Birth, marriage, and death announcements and labeled photographs of associated families.

The GFO welcomes monetary contributions to help defray the cost of digitizing and storing donated collections.  At this time the GFO cannot accept material to be scanned and returned. 

Please contact the Manuscripts Committee for more information or to make an appointment.

Donate to our Raffle
The GFO holds a raffle at seminars and a few other events.  We are happy to receive donations of new or gently used items that would be of interest to our members.  Suggestions include genealogically related books, travel bags, artwork, and gift certificates.  Services could include research or organizational help.  Contact Sharyle Kingston for more information.

Other ways to support the GFO
There are a number of Reward programs that donate to the GFO Library when you participate, such as AmazonSmile, Family Tree DNA, and Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. See our Rewards page for more information.