Are you curious, about why our donors support the Chicago Public Library Foundation? They explain their support better than we can:

  • “Chicago Public Library is the city’s real power station. No other cultural or educational institution delivers more to the entire city.”
  • “While I love to go to the library for books, the library also serves as an after-school safe haven, a tutoring center, a multimedia room, an employment help center, and so much more.”
  • “I grew up in Chicago and I grew up with the Chicago Public Library. I’m now a librarian myself… I am happy to do all I can to help support the wonderful work they do….”
  • “The Foundation helps fund new ideas and new programs that make learning possible for men, women and children of all ages across the city.”

These donors help the Chicago Public Library Foundation support Chicago Public Library’s award-winning programs, world-class collections, and access to state-of-the art design and digital tools. Your gift today makes possible the Summer Learning Challenge, Teachers in the Library, and CyberNavigators, and other vital programs for Chicago’s kids, teens, and adults.


Ways to Give

Stock Gifts

Chicago Public Library Foundation gladly accepts gifts of stock and securities. Contact Director of Major Gifts Nancy Lynn at 312.201.9830, ext. 26 for more information. Learn more.

Matching Gifts

Does your company match its employees’ charitable donations? Matching gifts are a great way to expand the impact of your gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation. Contact your Human Resources department to find out more. Learn more.

Endowment and Planned Gifts

A gift to the Foundation’s endowment helps insure its ability to support Chicago Public Library for years to come. Your endowment gift can be designated for programs of your choice. If you prefer, you can ensure access to top-quality library programs for future generations of Chicagoans by considering an estate gift to the Chicago Public Library Foundation.

A simple bequest can easily be included in your will. Your charitable bequest will benefit the Chicago Public Library. Learn more.

Tribute Gifts

Do you have a friend or family member who loves the Chicago Public Library? You can honor or remember him or her with a Tribute gift to the Foundation. Learn more.