The Richmond Public Library Foundation is a 501(c) 3 charitable nonprofit established in 1997 by a group of dedicated library patrons. The mission is to develop, administer and allocate tax-deductible private and corporate gifts to provide an extra margin of excellence for the Richmond Public Library. The Board of Directors are volunteers from the business, educational, entrepreneurial, philanthropic and legal sectors of our community. Its past "Literary Legacy" campaign raised over $2 million dollars for improvements to the Main Library, while our Annual Fund raises funds for on-going support of the Library's collection, programming and events.
Specifically, the Foundation has targeted 6 areas to support:
1. Family Resource Centers - Providing resources and classes on parenting, developmental needs of children, family activities and language skills, the Centers need continuous updating of books, brochures, DVDs and other resource materials.
2. Raising a Reader - Award winning program that fosters healthy brain development, parent-child bonding and early literacy skills critical for school success. Funds will be used to purchase instructional materials and children's books, update marketing and promotional materials, and set community programs and events
3. Summer Reading Program - Promotes reading as a family fun summer activity. Also focuses on helping inner-city youth retain vital skills during their break from school. Critical needs are funds for planned and structured summer programs, donations for prizes and incentives, and support for promotion and advertising
4. Homework Help Centers - Offering one-on-one instruction, research help by licensed teachers and a safe, structured after school environment, HH Centers rely on outside funding for teacher salaries, computers, books and instruction materials
5. Computer and Technology Services - The library is a central point of computer access for many residents who need to learn basic computer skills, conduct research for school, build resumes and search for jobs. The library needs support to update computers and increase access to technology.
6. Enhance Library Collections - The Foundation currently holds and seeks to build up book endowments such as the Foster Family Fund for African American materials, a National Endowment for the Humanities Fund for general collections and programs, and the Brayley Endowment for children's materials. The City of Richmond and the State of Virginia provide funding for general collections, while these endowments enhance materials in targeted areas of the library's collection.
For information on how you can help your public library, contact Karin Hansen in the Foundation office at 646-5511 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also click on the links for the Donation Page, Wish List Page, or Volunteer Page for more information.
Click on the following links for Foundation financial documents:
IRS Form 990