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RPL Foundation

Thank you for visiting us!

Founded in 1997, the Foundation supports the Library's mission and its programs. Through grants and donations, the Foundation amplifies individual and community investments to strengthen Library programs and community outreach, and to support a more accessible and responsive Library for our community.

What We Do

With your support, the Foundation is able to...


Support Early Childhood Learning

  • Build home libraries and engage our youngest learners through the Library's Early Literacy Program.

Amplify Public Investment

  • Invite donations, gifts, grants, bequests, and other support which strengthens Richmond's Library system.

Foster Community Connections

  • Connect individuals, families, nonprofits and more.

Uniquely Richmond

  • With conversation and civic discourse, our past can inform a better future.

Strong Libraries Build Strong Communities

  • Strengthen Richmond's Public Library System, buy new books, expand and increase program options.

Board of Directors

John Ulmschneider, President
J. Dontrese Brown, Vice President
Rich Peterson, Treasurer
Scott Firestine, Secretary
Emily Altman
Peter Blake
Fran Bradford
Ryan W. Childress
Allan-Charles Chipman
Joanne V. Frye
Jennifer Goins
Jamie Isley
Mary Lauderdale
Nissa Lipowicz
Lyn Kyle Manson
Paige Newman
Sue McFadden Patow
Felix Schapiro
Maria Juliana Villa
The Hon. C.N. Jenkins Jr. (emeritus)
Brooks Smith (emeritus)
William Yates (ex-officio)
Ruth DeBoer (ex-officio)