Be a Part of Our History
Meadville Public Library’s Endowment Campaign is about more than money. It’s about celebrating the library’s future as well as its past. Beginning in 1879 with a generous endowment from the H. J. Huidekoper family, Meadville Public Library has been the recipient of more than 300 gifts valued at more than $1,300,000 to help continue its mission: providing the best library service possible to the community.
The Endowment Campaign is also about honoring those who helped build the library during our 130-year history. We invite you to consider joining our effort to provide access to the world of information.
Our campaign is aimed at growing and sustaining a vibrant public library which extends beyond actual physical walls to include the entire community. Information is being delivered in ways not even imagined 130 years ago. It’s difficult to guess what the future will bring! What has always been a constant is our philosophy of offering area residents free access to information without fees or costs.
How to Get Involved
There are many ways to get involved:
- Attend a library event
- Join the library’s Patron Drive
- Remember a loved one or significant life event throgh a Memorial Gift
- Leave a gift to the Endowment Account
Ways to Give
Meadville Public Library is a recognized charity under both state and federal guidelines. All contributions are tax deductible. You may make your gift with a check or by setting up automatic payments through your bank’s online billing system.
Please indicate how you wish the funds to be used–materials, on-going support, or physical improvements.
- Many companies match or exceed charitable contributions made by their employees. Please contact your employer to find out if you qualify.
- Gifts of securities may be used to make a variety of donations. Please contact us to make arrangements.
- Meadville Public Library can provide you with sample bequest language that has helped many patrons remember the library in their wills.
Those who give to the annual Patron’s Drive as well as current life income gifts or estate planned gifts are recognized in the library newsletter “Snippets from the Shelves.” Donors may also request anonymity.
Gifts of $25 or more will purchase a book to memorialize a person or significant life event. Donors may designate a specific subject and memorial information is placed in the gift book as well as in a memorial album.
Gifts of $10,000 or more given directly to the library or through estates are listed on a special plaque located in the library entryway. All gifts of this size are placed in the library’s endowment account and may be designated restricted or unrestricted.
We Appreciate Every Gift
Every gift to the Meadville Public Library has a direct impact on not only today’s patrons but those of the future. From books to cutting-edge Internet Technology, every contribution helps the library make an impact on people’s lives throughout our community. Every gift goes to its intended use. The library ensures that 100% of every gift is used to enhance its service. No monetary donation is ever used to support fund-raising or to pay administrative costs.
To help connect you, our supporters, with each other, the staff and patrons who benefit daily from your support, Meadville Public Library has established a donor recognition policy which includes Patron’s Drive, Memorial Gifts, and Endowment Gifts.
Individuals, families, corporations and foundations are welcome to donate.