Our Mission, Vision, and Values
Power Our Library. Empower Every Chicagoan.
The Chicago Public Library Foundation accelerates the potential of our public library by investing in resources that transform lives and communities.
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.
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.