RPL Foundation

Richmond Public Library Foundation

Thank you for visiting the Richmond Public Library Foundation

RPL Foundation was founded in 1997 to promote and develop the Library's mission and its programs. Through grants and donations, the Foundation amplifies investments to extend the Library's programming and community outreach, supporting a more accessible and responsive Library for our community.


The Richmond Public Library Foundation supports a resilient and vibrant community through philanthropic investment in the Richmond Public Library


Every gift is a spark that creates opportunity

What We Do

Additional financial support enables the Foundation to:


Support Early Literacy

  • Purchases books RVA Reads, the Library's Early Literacy support program.

Amplify Public Investment

  • Accepts individual donations, gifts, grants, bequests, and other funds which strengthen the Library system.

Foster Community Connections

  • Connects individuals, businesses, and foundations in support of the Library System.

Focus on Uniquely Richmond

  • Supports programs which engage the community in conversation and civic discourse.

Build Strong Libraries, Strong Communities

  • An opportunity to strengthen a public resource open to all, buy new books, and offer intriguing programs.

How can I support the Library?

Strengthen the Richmond Public Library System through a tax-deductible gift today.

RPLF Board of Directors

John Ulmschneider
Nissa Lipowicz
Rich Peterson
Scott Firestine
Trevor Cox
Emily Altman
Peter Blake
Fran Bradford
J. Dontrese Brown
Brenda Drew
Hollee Freeman
Joanne V. Frye
Jennifer Goins
The Hon. C.N. Jenkins Jr.
Patricia Kelly Kyle
Lyn Kyle Manson
Sue McFadden Patow
Jennifer D. Mullen
Marshall P. Pearsall
Felix Schapiro