The Glenview Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit fundraising and community outreach organization formed to promote the goals of the Glenview Public Library. Our mission is to encourage private funding from the community to expand programs and services that aid the Glenview Public Library in enriching access and inclusivity, and accelerating individual growth.
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If you are interested in learning more about the Glenview Public Library Foundation and ways to get involved, please contact us at GPLFoundation1930@gmail.com.
Starting something new is never easy, especially during a pandemic. The twelve members of the newly-formed Glenview Public Library Foundation (GPLF) Board jumped into planning in January 2020 by learning about the resources and operations of the Library, and establishing the goals and structure needed to support communications, fundraising, and strategy. COVID-19 unfortunately stalled the team’s momentum—including events in support of the Library’s 90th anniversary. But, once everyone settled into working via Zoom, the Board used this year to research best practices among library foundations, create a logo and website, develop the mission statement, establish a process for awarding grants to the Glenview Library, and identify opportunities for communications and fundraising.
The Foundation’s mission, which aligns with the Library’s strategic plan, is focused on growing community engagement, ensuring access and inclusion, and creating opportunities for individual growth. GPLF seeks to inspire philanthropic support from the Glenview community to invest in programs and resources that advance the Library’s strategic objectives and enable funding of ideas outside the established budget.
During the fall and winter, representatives from the Foundation and Library developed an application and review process to identify and award grants for project ideas generated from Library staff. The Foundation Board recently initiated this process and plans to award its first grants later this spring.
The Glenview Public Library Foundation was incorporated in January 2008 for the purpose of raising funds in support of the current library building which opened in 2010, raising nearly $1,000,000 in the effort. The Library’s Board of Trustees served as the original Foundation Directors. The Foundation remains the primary fundraising arm of the library.
In 2019, the Trustees authorized an extensive networking and recruiting process to revitalize the Foundation, and in November of that year the current GPLF Board of Directors was elected.
The mission of the Foundation is to encourage private funding from the community to expand programs and services that aid the library in enriching access and inclusivity, and accelerating individual growth. Our aim is to enhance the Library’s ability to continuously develop and reinvent programs, services, and collections in concert with its strategic plan. We are committed to building awareness of the Foundation, engaging with the community to support the Library, and collaborating with GPL staff to identify the best uses for Foundation funds.
The Glenview Public Library is fortunate to have both a Foundation and a Friends organization. Have you ever wondered about the difference between the two? While their functions and goals are different, both are essential to supporting our thriving Library.
Glenview Public Library Foundation
The Glenview Public Library Foundation works to raise funds from the community to provide grants for specific programming and resources that are in line with the strategic plan, but outside the existing budget. Grants are developed by library staff, and can be used to expand a specific collection, create a new program, invest in technology used by patrons, or support outreach to a specific demographic group within the community. Ultimately, Foundation grants should encourage community engagement with the library in support of individual growth and learning.
Friends of the Glenview Public Library
The Friends of the Glenview Public Library is a volunteer organization that operates the Irene Overman Kreer Used Book Store. All funds raised through book sales are given to the Library’s general gift fund and are used to support ongoing operations and programs. In addition, the money raised by the Friends also funds scholarships for students from Glenbrook South High School pursuing an English major.