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The Plainfield Public Library Foundation formed in 1997. It primarily solicits endowments, bequests, charitable remainder trusts, and sponsors community fundraising events for the Library. The Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.
Donations made to the Foundation are tax-deductible. The Plainfield Public Library Foundation is administered by a volunteer board, which minimizes overhead and administrative costs and allows the library to receive the maximum benefit from each donation.
The Plainfield Public Library Foundation board has chosen to focus financial support on providing the community with state-of-the-art technology in the library. The Foundation has purchased computers, scanners, printers and a telephone system with voicemail for the library.
Like all public institutions in our area, the Plainfield Library strives to stretch its tax dollars to cover the demands of serving a rapidly growing community. Increasing demands for additional services, computer hardware, software, equipment, materials, service hours, and competitive salaries are ongoing. Support from the Plainfield Public Library Foundation helps the Plainfield Public Library District achieve its mission.
Current Foundation Board Members
The Foundation currently consists of dedicated community members who meet monthly to discuss various fundraising projects:
Located in the Plainfield Public Library's lower level lobby area, balloons and blocks bear the names of donors for years to come! This colorful display allows businesses, families, and individuals to show their support for the Plainfield Public Library Foundation.
|5" balloon $500.00||4" balloon $250.00||3" balloon $100.00||2.5" block $ 50.00|
With donation collection boxes hosted at area businesses, the Plainfield Public Library Foundation’s new capital campaign, “Pennies for Libraries” will help fund the future expansion of the Plainfield Public Library’s building.
The first businesses to host donation boxes for the “Pennies for Libraries” campaign are Gourmet Junction, GymQuest, 59 Auto Repair, Larry’s Diner and Eich’s Sporting Goods.
“We’re asking for everyone’s help,” said Library Foundation Board member Mary Ann Waldorf, owner of Gourmet Junction in downtown Plainfield.”Any donation will help and any kind of business can participate. Times are tight. We know that so we wanted to start small. Your spare change will help the entire community.”
100% of the donations received in the Pennies for Libraries campaign will be used to support the Library’s future building expansion.
The Plainfield Public Library Foundation is a volunteer based 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports the Plainfield Public Library District in its mission to Educate Captivate and Connect.
What is the Plainfield Public Library Foundation?
The Plainfield Public Library Foundation is an IRS code 501 (c) 3 charitable organization dedicated to the support of the Plainfield Public Library District/
Who runs the Plainfield Public Library Foundation?
The Foundation is a volunteer organization, governed by a seven-member volunteer board of community residents. It has no paid staff and no administrative overhead.
What is the purpose of the “Pennies for Libraries” campaign?
The “Pennies for Libraries” campaign is designed to raise awareness and funds for the Plainfield Public Library District’s future building expansion.
How much of my donation will the Plainfield Public Library receive for its building expansion?
The Library will receive 100% of funds collected in the “Pennies for Libraries” campaign.
Why does the Plainfield Public Library need to expand?
The Plainfield Public Library District currently serves over 66,000 residents from a single 27,000 square foot library located in downtown Plainfield. According to the 2008 Space Needs Analysis conducted for the Library by Library Planning Associates, in order to meet state standards for library service, the Library should have about 70,000 square feet of library space today plus an additional 30,000 square feet to accommodate growth for the next 20 years.
What has the Plainfield Public Library Foundation done to support the Library in the past?
Since its inception in 1997, the Foundation has donated over $65,000 collected in local fundraising efforts to the Library for equipment ranging from computers to printers and scanners to a self check out station.
How does the Plainfield Public Library Foundation get its money?
From the generous donations of our local businesses and residents! The Foundation has held fundraising events such as the Murder Mystery Play and art auctions. A direct-mail Annual Fund campaign is under development.
How can I make a tax-deductible contribution?
Your tax-deductible contribution, payable to the Plainfield Public Library Foundation, can be mailed to:
Plainfield Public Library Foundation
c/o Plainfield Public Library District
15025 S. Illinois Street
Plainfield IL 60544
You will receive a letter acknowledging your contribution that may be used for tax purposes. Contact your tax professional for further information on tax deductible contributions.
Will the Plainfield Public Library still go to referendum for library expansion?
Yes, it is anticipated that the Library will still need public funds to expand, requiring a referendum on the ballot. The Library’s Board of Trustees has decided not place this on the ballot until November 2010 or later due to the current economic climate.
Is the Plainfield Public Library well-used?
For every hour that the Plainfield Public Library is open, our residents check out 226 items and 19 people use an Internet PC, 24 attend a program, 11 ask a question and two register for a new library card. That is a huge amount of use for a library with only 127,000 items!
How do I find out more about the Plainfield Public Library?
Call the Library at 815-436-6639.
How do I find out more about the Plainfield Public Library Foundation?
Contact Library Director Julie M. Milavec at 815-439-2874 or firstname.lastname@example.org