Planned Giving

Newport native and renowned artist Charles Bird King (1785-1862) holds a special place in the Redwood Library’s long list of dedicated supporters. Over the years, King contributed handsomely to the Library, giving money and books as well as scores of paintings. Upon his death in 1862, he gave the Redwood his own personal library, volumes of bound engravings, a significant sum of money, and 75 additional paintings. The Redwood is deeply indebted to Charles Bird King and to all those who have helped it thrive for more than two and a half centuries by contributing to the endowment. It is fitting that the Library commends those who have made – or intend to make – such gifts by including them in the Charles Bird King Society.  

There are many ways to help support the Redwood Library while planning for your future and that of your family. By exploring different giving options with your financial advisor or lawyer, you may discover that you are able to accomplish more than you thought possible. The planned giving to Redwood Library may also provide the ability to diversify investment holdings, obtain an immediate income tax deduction (subject to certain limitations) and minimize or avoid adverse tax consequences. Planned gifts are Redwood's financial bedrock, the foundation that allows the Redwood Library and Athenaeum to preserve and enhance its collection, widely seen as a national treasure.

For more information on becoming a member of the Charles Bird King Society, please contact Alyssa Gaudreau, Donor Relations Manager, at 401-847-0292, ext. 115 or