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Fundraising and Grants



The mission of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation is to enhance the quality of Library services to the community by; securing resources to support library programs and projects not normally met by public funding; to stimulate and encourage gifts of funds, books, desirable collections, endowments and bequests to the library; and receive, hold, manage, use and dispose of funds and properties of all kinds, whether given absolutely or in trust, for the benefit of Waukegan Public Library.  The purposes of the corporation shall be exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Library faces many challenges to stay relevant in the digital age. Collections continue to grow—not only of books, but of audio/visual materials, periodicals, and computerized reference materials. As patrons rely more heavily on the Internet for information, technology and its hardware and software needs make large demands on the Library’s budget. To help the Library and the Foundation continue to provide the “Standard of Excellence,” donors may participate in several ways:


Annual Appeal/Capital Campaign

Today’s library was built in 1965. In 1998 the library borrowed funds to build out the lower level, almost doubling the square footage for patrons and making some minor improvements to the main floor. In 2010 limited funds were borrowed to update the infrastructure such as the roof, skylights, lighting, windows and heating and air conditioning—all of which were original to the building. Although the library is a component of the City of Waukegan, no funds are set aside for capital improvements by the city. It is up to the library to put together the funds needed to complete the building plan which is currently being developed. We believe that it takes a partnership of public and private funds to be successful and we are looking for your help. Please consider making a donation to the Capital Campaign and help us reach our goal of a modern and energy efficient building that acts as a center of the community.

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Planned Giving

Planned Giving is a way a donor can leave money/assets to the library upon his/her death; or a way to invest money so that the donor receives benefits during his/her life and then bequeaths the remaining funds to the nonprofit. Planned Giving is a complex program of various financial instruments that can be adapted to each donor’s needs. Please contact cpatlan [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (subject: Development) (Carmen Patlan) (847-775-2564) at the library if you would like to set up a planned gift. 

Donations may also be gifted through an auto-payroll deduction or possibly matched from your employer or organization.  The Foundation represents the dreams of the future, anticipating the highest level of service Waukegan Public Library can provide.  Tax dollars provide a good library; gifts make an excellent library.  Please contact richardlee [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (Richard Lee), Executive Director, for further information on becoming a donor. 


Honor or Memorialize a Loved One

Gifts given to any of the above areas may be given in honor or in memory of a friend or family member, or to commemorate a special event in your life.