About the Foundation
The Manhattan Library Foundation is an independent, not for profit 501(c)(3) corporation, formed in 1992 to support the continued growth and improvement of the Manhattan Public Library through:
- Establishing and maintaining an endowment fund
- Encouraging individuals and organizations to make financial contributions to support the Manhattan Public Library
- Receiving and accepting donations of real and personal property by gift, grant, devise or bequest
- Managing the gifts and assets given to the Foundation for the benefit of the library.
A gift to the Foundation provides sustainable funding to maintain high quality collections and a welcoming facility.
Since 1992, gifts to the Foundation have funded:
- Over $1 million for books and materials
- The acquisition of property for the 1998 expansion of the library
- The “Aesop’s Fables” sculpture by Kent Bloomer
- One-third of the cost of the expansion of the Children’ Library in 2014 through a capital campaign
- Scholarship funds for developing professional library staff