Support Our Annual Fund

10 PERCENT OF gifts Go TO ENDOWMENT TO SUSTAIN LIBRARIES

Your Contribution Can Help
Our Endowment Funds Grow

The annual fund relies on our committed donors to help meet a wide variety of library needs each year. Our foundation funds facilities, programs and services — and if you’re a library patron, you know that means furniture, collections, technology and community programs in all nine Madison Public Library locations. Your donations make it possible for your libraries to be current with community needs and interests. We ask you to give now to lend your personal support to the city’s libraries this year.  

Make a gift before December 31, and it will be matched! An anonymous donor will give up to $70,000 to match all annual fund gifts this month. Visit our Donate page to make your contribution.

The annual fund is essential in financing money given to the library, foundation operations and endowment investments. The foundation grows the endowment by investing 10 percent of annual fund revenue each year into the fund.  Bequests and direct donor investments also increase the foundation and neighborhood library endowments each year. The endowments make a HUGE difference at each library.

Here are multiple examples of how the endowments help the libraries:

• At Central Library, the endowment fund helped to support Library Takeover, a program which brings the community together to engage on issues. Nourish You: A Self-Care Retreat was designed for women who don’t always feel included in mainstream self-care offerings. Four women organized a program with cooking demonstrations, guided meditations and affirmations, and workshops incorporating creative expression and movement. Fifty women and five children attended. The program was praised for its multicultural focus and openness to immigrant women who spoke only Spanish.

“The existence of libraries ensures that books are available to everyone, not just to those who can afford their own. Gifts like this one ensure that children have access to more reading materials. I believe we are growing the minds of our future generations.”

— Molly Warren, Collections Manager

• At Lakeview Library, endowment funds supported space improvements to accommodate a new Teen Librarian. The library purchased deeper shelving units, which allowed staff to reorganize materials for storage and improve the space for her work.

• Twelve book club kits were procured with endowment funds in the last year. Madison Public Library offers 355 titles. These kits, each with multiple books, invite friends to gather to discuss their latest literary reads. Kits purchased recently include The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston, Digging to America by Anne Tyler, and Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy. More than 700 kits have been checked out so far this year — an average of about 16 per week.

• At Sequoya Library, endowment distributions bought six new lounge chairs and 258 children’s books, including graphic novels, board books and picture books.

Foundation donors directly fund many other library programs each year, including the new Virtual Learning Project at Meadowridge Library. The library purchased PlayStation 4 Virtual Reality Bundles along with other compatible equipment for teens and children to use in afterschool programming. The goal is to work with young people to move them from “consumer” to “producer” of virtual reality game development.

I hope you are inspired by the many ways donor dollars make a big difference at Madison Public Library. Gifts to the foundation make it possible to try new ideas and help us make Madison Public Library an award-winning library.

We ask for your support in making new programs and ideas happen at Madison Public Library. Now is the perfect time to give with a dollar-to-dollar match going on through December 31. 

Thank you for supporting Madison Public Library Foundation. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Jeffress
Executive Director

P.S.: Would you consider donating to the library each month? Become a Sustainer today, and set up your giving through a credit card or bank account. Indicate your monthly amount on the attached form or call the office at 608.266.6318 if you need assistance.