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Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Our Vision

Power Our Library. Empower Every Chicagoan.

Our Mission

The Chicago Public Library Foundation accelerates the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities.

Our History

Established in 1986 by Cindy Pritzker and a core group of civic leaders, the Chicago Public Library Foundation has been the exclusive fundraising partner of Chicago Public Library for nearly 40 years. We have worked with thousands of Library champions to power above and beyond programming for Chicagoans of all ages and in every neighborhood.

Together, donors at every level have invested in accessible and equitable programs that close the academic opportunity gap, activate creativity and connection, and bridge the digital divide. Learn more about our impact priorities here.

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Celebrate Cindy Pritzker’s birthday by watching this video that highlights her impact on our city and Library.

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We believe that achieving change in diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging requires us to invest thoughtfully in Library programs, and engage collaboratively with our community


To accelerate social change, we must amplify the community-focused work of this city’s most trusted institution.


Private investment is essential to the public good. Connecting philanthropists at all levels with meaningful opportunities to transform lives and communities.

Transform lives. Become a supporter today.