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What is the Mead Public Library Foundation?

The Mead Public library Foundation is the private philanthropic arm of Mead Public Library. The Foundation, which is separate from Mead Public Library and the City of Sheboygan, seeks private support for purchases, services and building enhancements that cannot be provided by local government funding. These private contributions are meant to supplement, but never supplant, public funding.

The Foundation is managed by a board of professionals and private citizens selected for the diversity of their talents. It is a 501(c)(3) supporting organization registered with the IRS and State of Wisconsin. All contributions to it are deductible to the extent allowable by law.

How is Mead Public Library funded and operated?

Mead Public Library is managed by a Board of Trustees appointed by the mayor of Sheboygan. The trustees set policy for the library and provide oversight for its director, who is in charge of day-to-day operations.

The City of Sheboygan’s general fund pays for Mead Public Library operations, including staff, utilities, fixtures and building maintenance.

Why should I support Mead Public Library Foundation when my tax dollars already pay for the library?

Public libraries have operated as public/private partnerships since the founding of our nation. U.S. libraries today receive an average of 90% of their funding from government. The remainder comes from charitable giving, grants, and earned income.

What is the difference between the Mead Public Library Foundation and the Friends of Mead Public Library?

Both are private non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Both entities are managed by volunteer boards. Both organizations provide critical services and needed funding for Mead Public Library.

The mission of the all-volunteer Friends of Mead Public Library is to support the library through fundraising, volunteerism and collaboration. The Friends raises money through its used bookstore and through regular book sales, which feature books that have been removed from Mead Public Library’s collection, as well as books donated by community members. The Friends annual books sales now top $10,000, with the proceeds supporting library programs, special events, book purchases and other area of the library.

The mission of the Mead Public Library Foundation is to strengthen the community by supporting the library through philanthropy, advocacy and collaboration. Mead Public Library identifies priority projects and makes an annual request to the Foundation for funding.  The library foundation manages an endowment fund and designated funds for Mead Public Library.

Must my gift be designated for a specific purpose?

The Mead Public Library Foundation accepts and appreciates gifts of any size as well as bequests or trusts for its endowment fund. Additionally, a financial gift may be specifically earmarked for a special project.

Do you accept donations of books?

The Friends of Mead Public Library accepts donations of books and sells them to the public. The organization maintains a drop-off box in the used bookstore on the library’s first floor. For donations bigger than one full box, please call 920-459-3400, ext. 2039.