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Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature


~ A message from Marcie Morrison,
Director of Delvopement ~

Marcie Morrison, Director of Development

As the only children's literature research library west of the Mississippi, the Arne Nixon Center continues to achieve new levels of excellence in holdings and programming. This success is due in large part to the loyal supporters who have contributed their personal resources and gift materials over the years. Your continued support will provide a legacy of learning for future generations.

How to Give

Give Online

Click the "Give Now" button. Fill out the University's secure, online donation form.

From the list of schools and programs, select "Other" and type "Arne Nixon Center" in the box below.

Complete the easy process to submit your gift.

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Give by Phone or Mail

Send a check made out to "CSUF Foundation" to:

                      Arne Nixon Center
                      Henry Madden Library
                      5200 North Barton Avenue M/S ML34
                      Fresno, CA  93740-8014

To charge your gift to your credit or debit card or to set up an automatic giving schedule, please call (559) 278-5790.

Payroll Giving

For faculty and staff, payroll giving is a great way give regularly to the Arne Nixon Center. Complete the Payroll Deduction Form and return it to the Library Development Office at M/S ML 34. Make sure to note that you want the deduction to go to the Arne Nixon Center. For assistance, call Kellie Willis at 278-5790.

Matching Gifts

Many employers will match their employees' gifts to the Arne Nixon Center. Please inquire and, if your company does such matching, enclose your company's matching gift form with your donation.

Gifts of Securities/Stocks

Gifts of stocks that have increased in value over the purchase price create a double tax benefit. For appreciated securities held longer than one year, you may deduct the full fair market value of your gift and avoid any capital gains tax. For instructions on making a gift of stock, please contact Kellie Willis at 278-5790.

You will be asked to provide:

  • Number of shares
  • Names of securities
  • Name and contact information for the stock broker handling your account

Real Estate

A gift of real estate may be an attractive way to make a substantial commitment to the Arne Nixon Center and at the same time reduce significantly the amount of income, capital gains, and estate taxes you otherwise would have to pay. By deeding a home to the Center, you may receive a tax deduction while continuing to occupy the property for life. For more information, please contact Carol Widmer at 559-278-8337.

Gifts of Personal Property

You may be able to donate artwork, antiques or collectibles to the Center, take a tax deduction, and avoid capital gains taxes on gifts related to our mission.

Estate Gifts


Gifts made through wills or living trusts enable a donor to make substantial gifts to the Arne Nixon Center through his or her estate without diminishing current cash flow. You can keep control over your assets and have the freedom to modify your plans if your circumstances or interests change.

Gifts of Life Insurance

You can provide now for a future gift to the Arne Nixon Center by naming us owner and beneficiary of a policy insuring your life. You make annual, tax deductible premium payments and at maturity the proceeds go to the Center. This allows you to make a key gift from your annual income without dipping into your capital.

Gifts of Qualified Retirement Plans

If you name the Arne Nixon Center as a beneficiary of a qualified retirement plan, you can avoid income and estate taxes on the remaining funds in your retirement account. Give us the most highly taxed asset in your estate and leave less taxed assets to your heirs. You can continue to take withdrawals throughout your lifetime and retain the flexibility to change beneficiaries if your situation changes.

Make a Tax-Free Gift from Your IRA

If you will be at least 70 ½ in 2008 or 2009, you can benefit the Arne Nixon Center and escape adding IRA distributions to your taxable income. Your gift of up to $100,000 per taxpayer will be excluded from your taxable income if you arrange for a transfer of funds directly from your traditional or Roth IRA. For more information, please contact Carol Widmer at 559-278-8337.

Partner with Us on Gifts with Lifelong Income

Through a planned gift, donors can give money, securities or real estate to the Arne Nixon Center while retaining the income for themselves or another. Such a gift may actually increase income though immediate tax benefits, and ultimately the Center receives the assets. For further information about making a planned gift, please visit the University's planned giving page or contact Carol Widmer at 559-278-8337.