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A Collection of Library Foundation Web Sites and Mission Statements

Posted on: January 1, 2009

We’re starting a new library foundation so I’m starting to collect some inspiration from other library foundation web sites before I build ours…  Here are a few:

Big Cities (hey, we can dream)

San Jose Library Foundation
“The San José Public Library Foundation provides advocacy, financial support and innovative leadership to transform San José’s public libraries into vibrant learning centers.”

Library Foundation of Los Angeles

The Library Foundation of Los Angeles supports and enriches the capabilities, resources and services of the Los Angeles Public Library. We accomplish our mission through fundraising, advocacy, and innovative programs that benefit our diverse community and promote greater awareness of the Library’s valuable resources. Our support complements, but does not supplant, the City’s responsibility for funding the Los Angeles Public Library’s operations.”

Multnomah County Library (Portland, OR)
A strong public library system is the very foundation upon which a community builds for the future. The Library Foundation mobilizes private support to enhance Multnomah County Library’s leadership and innovation, helping the library address emerging community needs and trends. The foundation’s vision is that every person builds a relationship with learning and libraries that lasts a lifetime. Through this relationship, every person can have access to all of the tools needed to succeed in life.”

Chicago Public Library Foundation
Since 1986, the Chicago Public Library Foundation has worked with the City of Chicago to enrich the Chicago Public Library by funding book acquisitions, special collections and community-based programs.”

Phoenix Library Foundation
“The Foundation was created in 1997 to raise money for Library programs and services.  We support reading programs for children and adults, purchase computers and fund programs that help people learn to use technology, and furnish spaces that make the Library a great place to curl up with a good book.

While tax dollars keep the lights on, buildings open, and materials on the shelves, the Library can be so much more.  That’s what the Foundation does — it makes a good library a great one — with your help.”

Seattle Public Library Foundation
“Your gift to The Seattle Public Library Foundation supplements public funding and creates a first-rate Library system. This means an outstanding collection of books and materials, the technology and tools to access a world of information and more diverse programs for children, teens, adults, and people with special needs.”

San Antonio Public Library Foundation
“The Mission of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation is to support the Public Library and to increase the awareness and use of the Library through financial support and programmatic efforts, thereby enhancing the community’s appreciation and utilization of the library as a cultural and educational institution.”

Smaller Libraries/Towns

Palo Alto Library Foundation
“The Palo Alto Library Foundation spearheads major fund-raising campaigns to bridge the gap caused by shrinking municipal budgets and the growing needs of Palo Alto’s aging libraries. Working in cooperation with other library-serving organizations, we ensure that Palo Alto has sufficient financial resources to “create a vibrant, modern library system that serves the diverse needs of everyone in our city — from young to old, and from North to South.”

Hemet Library Foundation
“The Hemet Library Foundation is a non profit, non partisan, volunteer group of local citizens dedicated to soliciting and managing funds for charitable purposes for the enhancement of the Hemet Public Library for all members of the community. ”

Burlington Library Foundation
“The Burlingame Library Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the highest level of service, programming, and infrastructure at the Burlingame Public Library.  The Foundation’s fund raising efforts are supported through contributions from individuals and small businesses in the community.”

Ridgewood Public Library Foundation

“To develop a basis of perpetual financial support to ensure that our Library will always provide outstanding information, education and culture in a user-friendly, state-of-the-art facility. “

Estacada Public Library Foundation
“Our mission is to ensure excellence in library services for the benefit of the greater Estacada/Eagle Creek community.

The Estacada Public Library Foundation welcomes gifts from individuals, families, businesses and non-profit organizations who wish to demonstrate their love for books, the Library and our community”

Walnut Creek Library Foundation
“The mission of the Walnut Creek Library Foundation is to raise private funds to supplement public funding of both Walnut Creek libraries in order to ensure that our libraries can serve as indispensable information resources with free and convenient facilities and services.”

Mt. Kisco Public Library Foundation
“The Foundation for the Mt. Kisco Public Library, Inc. was established in 2005 to support the Mount Kisco Public Library, the library’s special projects, and the growing needs of the community.”

Yuma Library Foundation
“The Yuma Library Foundation raises major funds and community awareness to support, enhance and expand public library capital items and related services in Yuma County. “

Cedar Park Library Foundation
“The Cedar Park Public Library Foundation, founded in 1993 as a 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation, is committed to assist the Library in achieving excellence and to develop business/ community support through financial assistance for Library initiatives.”

Mountain View Library Foundation
“The purpose of the Mountain View Library Foundation is to provide funding to enhance the information center for our diverse community, providing a dynamic place to share resources and ideas, to find joy in reading at all ages, and to experience the power of lifelong learning.”

Falls Church Library Foundation
“The Mary Riley Styles Public Library Foundation Trust will solicit contributions from the public for the purpose of supporting the mission of the Mary Riley Styles Public Library. The Foundation will work closely with the Library Director and the Library Board of Trustees to identify unmet needs. It is intended that the Foundation support will supplement, not replace, regular taxpayer support for the Library.”

Cupertino Library Foundation
The Cupertino Library Foundation was established at the request of the Cupertino City Council in 1994 at a time when the library system was experiencing severe budget cuts. The Council asked two Library Commissioners, Allan Bidwell and Charles Liggett, to gather board members and to establish a foundation to match the requested funds from the City to maintain Library hours and to continue the purchase of books and also specifically to raise funds for the Library.

The organizational meeting of the Foundation was held on January 26, 1994, where Edward Jajko was elected the first Board President. The Friends of the Cupertino Library loaned the start-up money needed to process the application for tax-exempt status and the costs of preparation

The Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Its stated purpose is To raise money to enhance the Library. It seeks major donations from corporations and the business community and from other foundations as well as individual donations and planned gifts and bequests. Most recently, and again at Council’s request, the Foundation has successfully concluded a 4-year effort to raise from the community the $1.2 million to help furnish the new Library so that Council could construct the best building possible with City funding.

The Foundation has established an endowment fund for the future financial needs of the Library and has produced a brochure entitled, How You Can Help the Library through a Planned Gift, available at the Library or downloadable here in PDF, with information on planned gifts, gifts of stock, real estate, life insurance, deferred giving, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests.”

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