RPL Foundation

Formed in 1989, the Rockford Public Library Foundation’s mission is to support the Rockford Public Library by raising funds and public awareness about library activities. While our library system is a tax-supported institution, private support is increasingly critical to the library services. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) organization and provides a positive voice in the community promoting library activities and purpose, presenting fundraising events, seeking sponsorships, conducting annual fund drives, donor solicitation and major gift giving.

What we do

The Foundation’s volunteer board of directors provides opportunities for Rockford and surrounding communities to help support the library’s long range goals and objectives by distributing information, seeking major gifts, conducting annual fund drives, building an endowment and presenting educational programs for the community. 

In recent years, your donations to the Rockford Public Library Foundation have helped to fund important programs and ensure that resources are available to the entire Rockford community.

2012: $18,000 for E-readers, Summer Reading Club Sponsorship and children’s AWE computers
2011: $25,000 for Summer Reading Club Sponsorship and computer equipment
2010: $6,500 for sponsorship of children’s art programs and Saturday Spectaculars programs
2009: $500,000 for the East Branch building campaign
Do you believe like we believe?

If you share the belief that libraries are essential to a literate, prosperous community, you are encouraged to get more involved with the RPL Foundation by making a donation or attending an event. All or part of your gift may be tax deductible as a charitable contribution. Please check with your tax advisor.