FAQ About the Foundation

What’s the mission of the White Plains Library Foundation (WPLF)? The WPLF is a private, nonprofit organization incorporated in 1995 to help the White Plains Public Library reach its long term goals.

I thought the Library was supported by the City of White Plains? It is. The City supports all the operations, maintenance, and staffing at 100 Martine Avenue – an 82,000 square foot facility that’s (usually) open over 60 hours a week. However, like many public libraries, our Library relies on private contributions to fund programs, capital projects, and timely opportunities that may not be covered through the City’s budget.

I love the Library! How can I support the work of the Foundation? Thank you. Community contributions make an enormous difference in the life of the Library. The Foundation receives donations through the year-end appeal, ticketed events, and periodic campaigns for capital needs. In addition, the Foundation is always eager to talk with businesses and organizations about sponsorship opportunities. To leave a legacy for future generations, naming the Foundation as a beneficiary in your will is a powerful way to ensure the enduring success of the Library.

How do I make a GIFT OF STOCK to the Foundation? Here are transfer instructions for donations of stock:

White Plains Library Foundation’s Broker: Charles Schwab & Co., Inc. (602-355-9003)

Schwab Account # 3418-0907

DTC Clearinghouse # 0164

White Plains Library Foundation Tax ID # 13-3943092

 

How much money has the Foundation raised? Since its inception, the Foundation has contributed nearly $7 million to strengthen the Library. This includes annual and targeted gifts, grants, and funds raised through campaigns that helped to create the Trove (for children), the Edge (for teens) the Hub (for adults) and to renovate the Gallery and adjacent classrooms.

Who are the Foundation’s donors? WPLF donors include over 400 individuals and families from White Plains (and throughout Westchester) as well as local businesses, corporations and philanthropic foundations.

How does the Foundation decide what to fund? The Foundation’s Executive Director and Board regularly collaborate with Library staff to assess community needs and opportunities. Today, the Foundation is funding: a variety of early literacy initiatives, teen and family activities, language learning, book groups, author visits, cultural programs and more. The WPLF helps the Library acquire new technology like 3-D printers, video production equipment, supplies for robotics and coding classes, and most recently, circulating laptops and mobile HotSpots. Foundation donors also fund targeted needs like new furniture for teens, sewing machines, supplies for Grab and Go kits and new software. What about books? The vast majority of the Library’s collections are funded by the City of White Plains. The Foundation helps supplement the collection of large print books, audio books, and certain materials through two donor-restricted gifts.

Questions? Please contact Nancy Rubini, WPLF Executive Director, nrubini@whiteplainslibrary.org.
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