Background

Funding the Future of the Library

The Port Washington Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable corporation established in 1989 by the Library’s trustees and initially funded with two bequests by farsighted Port Washington residents who understood that a great public library is not possible through public funding alone. Serving as its development arm, the Foundation fulfills the Library trustees’ requests for funding for a variety of needs and opportunities that are not covered by the taxpayer-approved budget and through this year has now given over 1.6 million dollars in grants to support the Library.

The Foundation solicits, receives, and manages bequests and endowments, providing funds to enhance library services at no cost to taxpayers. The Foundation provides a means whereby those wishing to make significant tax-deductible contributions to the library can do so. The Port Washington Public Library is the sole beneficiary of any fundraising activity by the Foundation.