Folio is a non-profit supported by our members. Our work supports Seattle in many different ways with:

⬥ Programs to inform the public 

⬥ Affordable workspace for writers 
⬥ Beautiful rooms other nonprofits can rent for events and fundraisers 
⬥ Collaborations with arts groups and others fostering the life of the mind 
⬥  New home for books from lovingly tended private libraries 
⬥ Thousands of free books put in the hands of readers 
⬥ Quiet spaces to provide an hour or two for reflection 

Your tax-deductible donation, at any amount you choose, makes Folio flourish.

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Did you know you can now support Folio while shopping on Amazon? Visit and choose "Seattle Athenaeum." Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to Folio. Feeling extra generous? Check out our Wish List!

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Tel: 206-402-4162




The Seattle Athenaeum is a non-profit member supported organization. We serve the Seattle literary and cultural community in many ways:

  • A lovingly curated growing collection of books from Northwest collectors

  • Low cost and free programs to inform the public (author readings, book discussions, music, civic forums)

  • Affordable workspaces for writers and workers; quiet spaces for reading and reflection

  • Collaborations with cultural and community groups to foster the life of the mind

  • Beautiful rooms to rent for events and fundraisers

  • Thousands of free books donated back to the community

Your tax-deductible donations make The Seattle Athenaeum flourish!

Ask your employer about matching donations, to double your support.

Tax ID: #47-2486862

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Donate online with Give Lively. Did you know that you can also set up a recurring donation?


Send a check to:

The Seattle Athenaeum

93 Pike St. #307

Seattle, WA 98101


Call us to set up your donation via phone.

Tel: 206-402-4162

Flower Fund

Donate $20 to brighten our day with fresh flowers and support Pike Place Market's local farmers.


Make a gift of appreciated stock and receive tax benefits while supporting The Seattle Athenaeum.

Please contact Executive Director Caroline Cumming at, before making the donation.

Account details:

Brokerage: KMS Financial Services

Broker: Michael Macaulay

Tel: 206-441-2881

Account: 4DR-254515

Tax ID: #47-2486862

Planned Giving

Planned gifts including bequests, life insurance and retirement plans provide for our future growth and stability. By remembering The Seattle Athenaeum in your estate plan, you ensure that we will continue to thrive and serve future generations.

Contact Executive Director Caroline Cumming at 206-402-4162 or with your questions and bequest intentions.

Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCDs) from IRAs: If you have an Individual Retirement Account and are over 70 ½ years of age, you may avoid paying taxes on your annual minimum required distribution (up to a limit $100,000) by making a gift directly from your IRA to a qualified charity such as The Seattle Athenaeum. Please speak with your tax or financial advisor for professional direction, and let us know if you are planning to make such a gift so that we can contact you when the funds have arrived.


Make us smile! Visit and choose "Seattle Athenaeum."

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to The Seattle Athenaeum.

Feeling extra generous? Check out our Wish List!


Gifts of new books, magazine and newspaper subscriptions, and used books are gratefully accepted. Volumes not accessioned are sold to fund collections care and development.

Check out the Book Donations Page for more information on how to donate books, and our Periodicals Donations Page for a list of magazine subscriptions.

To keep our current book shelf full and fresh we welcome gift cards from our local independent book store partners: Elliott Bay Book CompanyUniversity Book Store, Third Place Books.

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