The Institute’s Library has benefited from its inception from gifts and bequests that have provided for the foundation of some of its most important collections. Permanent endowment is sought also for academic positions and projects to which a donor’s name can be attached. Named Chairs are being sought to support research and teaching in the central disciplines of medieval thought and culture, particularly in Philosophy, Theology, Liturgy, Canon Law, Art and Archaeology. Named funds may also be established for student scholarships, research grants and visiting professorships. Donors may wish to underwrite an ongoing series of publications, individual publications, or the Institute journal, Mediaeval Studies. There are opportunities as well for named or memorial areas in the Institute, including its seminar rooms, areas within the Library, and the Library itself.
Mediaeval Studies Foundation
The Mediaeval Studies Foundation holds in trust the endowment funds of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. It exists only to support the work of the Institute and manages trusts and restricted funds directed to specific purposes, disbursing earnings for the operation of the Institute’s scholarly programmes. To facilitate contributions from the United States of America, a complementary American Corporation has been established (see below).
Among the special funds invested to support specific objectives are the following:
The Friends of the Library Fund
The long-term objective of the Friends of the Library Committee is to build up a fund whose earnings would support the purchase of manuscripts, books, periodicals, microfilms, CD ROM materials, readers, and computer equipment.
The Carr Memorial Fund For Papal Registers
The Carr Memorial Collection holds films of medieval papal registers. The Fund allows us to continue acquisition of films and/or CD-ROMS of the registers from AD 872 to 1464 including, eventually, the registers of the Avignon popes.
American Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies Corporation
As noted above, “The American Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies Corporation,” #1705 308 4016 038, has been established to facilitate contributions of persons and organizations in the United States. Gifts qualify for charitable exemptions as provided by the United States Internal Revenue Service.
Anyone considering a gift or bequest to support the Institute’s work is asked to contact Dr Richard M. Alway, Praeses, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, 59 Queen’s Park Crescent East, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 2C4. Telephone: 416 926 7142; Fax 416 926 7292.