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The Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library is an incorporated, not-for-profit public charity whose mission is to raise funds & provide programming in support of the Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County and the Rochester Public Library. The Friends & Foundation's primary goals are to raise public & private funds to ensure the Library's security, enhance marketing & public relations services and provide timely & innovative programming encouraging interest in the Library and enriching our cultural community.


Contributions augment public support and are used to expand library collections, programs and services; to support capital improvements of library facilities; to support professional resources, services and staff; and support various programming initiatives at the Central Library. Funds are also raised to demonstrate the viability of innovative projects for which public funds may subsequently be budgeted.


The Friends & Foundation of the RPL raises funds through (1) gifts to an annual fundraising campaign, (2) special project grants from corporations, individuals, charitable foundations and government funding sources, (3) earnings generated by a permanent endowment fund, (4) individual gifts made through wills and trusts, and (5) income from the sale of books and library related items through the Library Store both on-line and at the store. 





Annual gifts will enhance the collection of books and materials at the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County and contribute to the Friends & Foundation's programs.

Capital gifts will support the continuing renovation and restoration of the Rundel Memorial Building and other Rochester Public Library facilities.

Specific project gifts will support current projects initiated by the Library, which need private funding. These include funding for Mayor Thomas P. Ryan Community Center and Library , Digitization of library owned local history material , Safe to Be Smart Program For Youth, Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries, Chester F. Carlson Patent and Trademark Center , Toy Resource Center, and the Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund.

Planned giving bequests and gifts to the Friends & Foundation endowment fund will work forever to benefit the Library and the community it serves.

Purchases in The Library Store and The Library Store Online.

Donations of books and materials for the Library collection and bookstore sales.

Volunteering in The Library Store, at special events and in the Friends & Foundation office.

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Ned Davis, Executive Director
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Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library
115 South Avenue, Rochester NY 14604 


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