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Bequests Create Library Legacy

Nationwide more than 70% of Americans make contributions to nonprofits throughout their lifetimes, but only a small percentage continue this support through a gift in their will or estate plan.

When Charles E. Kaufman passed away in 2010, he found a way to make a difference. His selfless gift of more than $50 million, the largest in The Pittsburgh Foundation's history, captured headlines and showcased the importance of planned giving. Charles, along with his sister Virginia E. Kaufman, made a number of bequests to community organizations they supported during their lifetime, among them Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

"Charles' and Virginia's bequests are very special to the Library because they demonstrate how much they cared about our mission," said Pat Quinn Winter, Director of Development. "We hope that others will follow in the Kaufmans' footsteps and include the Library in their will to help guarantee that the Library's mission will last for generations to come."

>> To learn how you can provide a lasting legacy, please contact Pat Quinn Winter, Director of Development at 412.622.8873 or