History and Background

Founded in 1997, the Richmond Public Library Foundation has succeeded in raising more than $2.3 million dollars for its Literary Legacy capital campaign to renovate the Main Library. The Foundation holds more than $420,000 in total assets, which have been raised through both restricted and non-restricted gifts, grants and donations from private sources. The Foundation has an Annual Appeal, which raises more than $60,000 a year from a dedicated donor base of philanthropic individuals and businesses in the Richmond community.

In June 2011, the Foundation approved our 2011-2014 strategic plan to provide our next steps. The members of the Board of Directors have placed the Foundation in an excellent position for growth and service to the library. The Foundation has a strong base, the Friends of the Library remains remarkably vibrant year after year, the Library Board has outstanding members with tremendous experience, and the Library Director is attuned to the needs of the community and the ways in which this library can help meet those needs.

It is with these reasons that the Richmond Public Library Foundation Board of Directors has adopted the following Strategic Plan. The priorities are summarized below, and details, responsibilities and timeframes are available in the downloadable document.

Adopted by the Board this day, the 8th of June 2011.