Bernardsville Library Foundation
The mission of the Bernardsville Library Foundation, a volunteer organization, is to be a source of private funding to enable the outstanding Bernardsville Public Library to continue to operate at a level of excellence without regard to variations in public funding.
What We Do
Annual efforts to help offset budget shortfalls that could limit the Library’s ability to provide expected services. This has included an annual appeal to the community for direct donations. The community has responded generously, buoyed by the fact that over 80% of Bernardsville residents hold library cards. In addition, special fund-raising events such as “Homes of Distinction” have been held annually.
Long-term efforts to fund an endowment that will generate income for Library operations in the future. An endowment to sustain the Library in the future is integral to the Foundation’s work. The goal is to fund the endowment with $1,000,000 by the year 2018, ensuring a secure future for the Bernardsville Public Library. In 2013, a “Platinum Patron” initiative was created to promote major donations and pledges. In addition, the Bernardsville Library Foundation welcomes bequests of any size in individual estate planning, pledges paid over time, and insurance beneficiary designations.
Foundation Treasurer JT Thomas (Left) and Jerry Fischer, Foundation Chair, hand Interim Library Director Anne Meany a check in December 2013.
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