In addition to donations that make the SMART program possible, there are many other ways to give:

Leave a SMART Legacy

Consider including SMART in your estate plans. Contributors who name SMART as a beneficiary in their will, living trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan become members of SMART’s Legacy Society, a special giving society to recognize these dedicated supporters. For more information, please contact Sharon Benson, SMART’s Senior Development Officer, at 971-634-1620, or email

Plan a Community Fundraising Event

Interested in planning an event, cause-related marketing or personal appeal in support of SMART? For details, please email Genevieve Ng at

Endowment and Named Funds

The founders of SMART envisioned complimenting the operating budget with a permanent fund in hopes that it would someday contribute to the organization’s long-term financial viability and ensure always that children of Oregon would have more successful futures through books and reading.  SMART partnered with The Oregon Community Foundation and a core group of donors to establish the endowment fund in 1992.

Today donors can add to the endowment or establish a permanent, named fund designated for SMART and managed by The Oregon Community Foundation.  Named funds may benefit SMART readers throughout the state or within a specific county, per the donor’s request.

Immediate and estate gifts are welcomed.  Gifts can be designated for statewide or county use. There are endowment funds designated respectively for SMART readers in Deschutes, Jackson, Klamath, and Lane counties, as well as a “statewide” fund.  The endowed funds total $1.5 million.

Donors may contribute to existing funds in any amount or establish a separate, named fund with a minimum gift of $50,000.

For more information, contact your local SMART leadership or Sharon Benson at or 971.634.1620.

Make a Gift of Stock

You can receive substantial tax advantages by donating appreciated securities. To make a gift of stock, please contact Denise Harrison, SMART’s Development Officer, at 971-634-1610 or

Donate Your Tax Refund to SMART

You can donate all or part of your state tax refund to SMART and help the program in your local community. Enter the amount you wish to donate and charity code (5) for SMART on the appropriate line of your Oregon income tax form.

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SMART receives a donation once your vehicle has been sold at auction and you will receive a tax receipt from CARS.

For more information, please contact SMART at 971-634-1634, or email

Make a Tribute Gift

Is there a special person in your life who made a difference in your early years? Honor a loved one with a tribute gift. We will send a special letter to commemorate your gift.

Make A Bequest

Please consider including SMART in your estate plans (such as naming SMART a beneficiary in a will, living trust, life insurance policy or retirement plan). Bequests tend to be much larger than traditional gifts and, with advanced planning, can memorialize a loved one by establishing a permanent, named fund that continues to underwrite books and reading support for generations of young readers.

For more information, contact Sharon Benson at 971.634.1620 or