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The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors.

Many Ways To Give

Your generous support of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation will help the Foundation fulfill its mission of enhancing and enriching library programs, services and facilities.
There are many ways to contribute and support, including individual, corporate, and planned giving. Click on each below to learn more about each. Thank you for all your support!

Individual Giving

Your generous support of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation helps our Library deliver innovative programs and services that meet our community’s needs. Gifts to the Foundation support preschool outreach, after school programs for teens, online classes that help patrons learn new skills and earn advanced certifications, and so much more.

The Library Foundation accepts cash and stock gifts, company matching gifts and has a monthly giving program called Exemplary Givers outlined below. Your gift to the Foundation makes a difference in our community every single day. We sincerely appreciate your support.

If you wish to mail in your donation, please download this Gift Form and return to the Library Foundation. If you wish to make a gift online, please click the Donate Now button below.

Tributes & Memorials

Memorial and tribute gifts are a thoughtful way to honor those we love and admire. Tribute gifts may be unrestricted or designated. In some cases, a bookplate acknowledging your honoree(s) may be placed inside an item in our Library’s collection.

Additional opportunities to recognize and honor friends, family or colleagues include an engraved plaque on chairs in Whipple Auditorium or naming a room in our Downtown branch. Please contact the Library Foundation at 319.739.0411 to learn more about these options.

If you wish to mail in your tribute gift, please download this Tribute Form and return to the Library Foundation. If you wish to make a gift online, please click the Make a Tribute button below.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Sustaining Donors

With more than 9,100 children ages 0 to 5 living in Cedar Rapids, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library wouldn’t be possible without generous gifts from people like you.

Our Imagination Library Sustaining Donor program is designed to give the gift of literacy throughout the year. Sustaining Donors making a recurring monthly gift of $10 are providing books for five children every month (60 books per year).

Exemplary Givers

Monthly donors to the Library Foundation are known as Exemplary Givers. By making a monthly gift to the Foundation, you are helping support the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s efforts to impact library patrons and our community.

Your sustaining gift as an Exemplary Giver allows you to spread your donation throughout the year while providing a steady stream of support to the Library Foundation. Your monthly donation of $10 or more is an easy way to make a big difference.

Dolly Parton's Imagination Library Sustaining Donors

With more than 9,100 children ages 0 to 5 living in Cedar Rapids, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library wouldn’t be possible without generous gifts from people like you.

Our Imagination Library Sustaining Donor program is designed to give the gift of literacy throughout the year. Sustaining Donors making a recurring monthly gift of $10 are providing books for five children every month (60 books per year).

Exemplary Givers

Monthly donors to the Library Foundation are known as Exemplary Givers. By making a monthly gift to the Foundation, you are helping support the Cedar Rapids Public Library’s efforts to impact library patrons and our community.

Your sustaining gift as an Exemplary Giver allows you to spread your donation throughout the year while providing a steady stream of support to the Library Foundation. Your monthly donation of $10 or more is an easy way to make a big difference.

Fundraisers

Literary Vines

A Wine & Beer Tasting 

Save the Date for next year’s event!
Saturday, May 2, 2020 

Coporate Giving

Library Champions

The Foundation’s Library Champion Program offers the opportunity for local organizations to support your Cedar Rapids Public Library’s programs and collection enhancements that would not be possible without philanthropic funding. Library Foundation contributions support the Library’s efforts to impact our community and transform quality of life through education, civic engagement, the arts and entertainment.

Annual gifts through the Foundation’s Library Champion Program are essential for the Foundation’s ability to support the Library’s mission and vision as a passionate advocate for literacy and lifelong learning. Please join other organizations in the Foundation’s Library Champion Program.

To enroll in the Library Champion program, please download the enrollment form and return it via mail to Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, 450 5th Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.

All Library Champions will receive the following:
1. Library Champion window cling to be proudly displayed.
2. Recognition on the Foundation’s website.
3. Recognition in the Library Foundation’s annual report.

Library program and event sponsorships may also be available. Please contact the Library Foundation for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

  • $5,000 + For an annual gift of $5,000 or more, the Foundation will recognize the donor on the in its Spring and Fall FOCUS newsletters, and on monitors in the Library’s atrium throughout 2017. Additionally, the donor will receive four complimentary tickets to the Foundation’s annual Van Vechten Society donor recognition event.
  • $2,500 – $4,999 For an annual gift of $2,500 to $4,999, the Foundation will recognize the donor in its Spring and Fall FOCUS newsletters. Additionally, donor will receive two complimentary tickets to the Foundation’s annual Van Vechten Society donor recognition event.
  • $1,000 – $2,499 For an annual gift of $1,000 to $2,499, the Foundation will place a sponsor name plate inside two of the Library’s 100 book club kit containers to remain throughout 2017.
  • $500 – $999 For an annual gift of $500 to $999, the Foundation will place a sponsor nameplate inside one of the Library’s 100 book club kit containers to remain throughout 2017.

Thank you to our 2019 Library Champions!

Together, we are making a difference in our library and our community!
AARP Foundation Tax Aide
Acumen Benefit Advisors
Alliant Energy
Altorfer, Inc.
Area Ambulance Service
Armstrong Development Co.
Bankers Trust
BankIowa
Benchmark, Inc.
Braun Intertec
Cargill
Cedar Graphics
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust
Center for Behavioral Health
Collins Aerospace
Collins Community Credit Union
Dakota Red Corporation
Diamond V
Eastern Iowa Airport
F&M Bank
FUSE
The Gazette Company
General Mills
Giacoletto Foundation
Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation
Hawkeye Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Hills Bank & Trust Company
Iowa Beverage
Ironworkers Local 89
ITC Midwest
Kings Materials
Leadership for Five Seasons
Linn Area Credit Union
Mercy Medical Center
OPN Architects
Paulson Electric
Pearson
Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 125
Raining Rose
Transamerica
Tricon Construction
TrueNorth
Tyler Link & Barnes DDS
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll
United Fire Group
University of Iowa Community Credit Union
US Bank
Wells Fargo Bank

Planned Giving

Ada Van Vechten Society

The Ada Van Vechten Society is named for Cedar Rapids community leader and Library founder Ada Amanda Van Vechten. In 1894, Mrs. Van Vechten was one of several women who initiated a campaign to found a public library in Cedar Rapids. After much effort, the matter was brought to voters in March 1896. The measure passed, and a free public library was created. In the Library’s book The First 100 Years, it was written that “Van Vechten, whose leadership had created the free public library, would continue to care for the new institution as a mother would nurture her child.”

The Ada Van Vechten Society honors those who are committed to caring for and nurturing the Cedar Rapids Public Library now and in the future. A person becomes eligible for membership upon receipt of written notification of the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation’s inclusion in his/her estate plans or when an annual gift of $1,000 or more has been received by the Foundation during its July 1 to June 30 fiscal year.

To become a member of the Foundation’s Ada Van Vechten Society, please download, complete and return the form below or contact us with any questions you may have via our online contact form.