Chairman: Michael A. Ryan
Treasurer: Joseph Panepinto Jr., Esq.
Executive Director: Priscilla Weaver-Gardner
The Jersey City Free Public Library, with its nine branches and bookmobile, has enriched the lives of people of our neighborhoods and community. The residents of Jersey City (247,597,2010 U.S. Census) have open access to information, knowledge, collections, programs, services, technology, etc., to meet their needs.
For over 100 years this library has reached out to the people of Hudson County, the State of New Jersey and the country to meet the needs of individual citizens who requested assistance or information.
As we enter the new millennium, it will be necessary to meet the challenges/needs of an ever-growing city. It is a time of tremendous change in Jersey City - a city that may become the first city in the State of New Jersey. There is a need to renew old neighborhood libraries, a need for a new community/business library on the waterfront and a new central library at Journal Square to accommodate the Main Library collection. New services and programs will be provided, collections developed, technology updated, etc.
In recent years an increasing number of public libraries have formed foundations. Usually this has been done to provide a method for alternative fundraising. Public libraries are poorly funded; no one who works in them will dispute this. Tax dollars do not stretch to cover inflation in the publishing industry, advancements in technology or staffing costs.
A foundation is a nongovernmental, nonprofit organization with funds and programs managed by its own trustees or directors and established to maintain or aid social, educational, charitable, religious or other activities serving the common welfare, primarily through the making of grants.
Foundations in one form or another have been around at least since ancient Egypt and Greece used charitable trusts to support religious and educational activities. The English legally defined them in their statutes in the 1600’s. But it had been the Americans who have really developed the concept of the general purpose foundation. Andrew Carnegie, a name familiar to all public librarians, established the Carnegie Corporation in 1911 and since then foundations with broad charitable purposes have flourished.
Jersey City Free Public Library (JCFPL) has developed a first-time, broad-based and aggressive fundraising and grant program. The funds received from this foundation will be used to buy books and computers, rehabilitate the nine branches, the Bookmobile and the Main Library, replace antiquated equipment and worn furniture, relocate to City-owned properties some of the small storefront libraries, and to purchase a new bookmobile with ADA accessibility and to provide ADA accessibility to all branches.
The goal is to have a net income of $5,000,000 within the next 5 years.
Providing revenues to the library to enhance services in the most direct and observable activity of a library foundation, but a foundation has other advantages for the institution.
Provident Bank Foundation - $50,000.00
Estate of Raymond A. Landis - $28,864.88
Goldman Sachs - $31,170.06
Healy Foundation $12,500.00
Comcast – $8,700.00
Wendy Kalil - $6,000.00
Michael Ryan $5,000.00
Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley Law Offices - $2,000
Helena Ruman Architects - $2,000
PSE&G - $1,500
Ethan Russell - $750.00
Andrew Anderson - $500.00
Christian Coon – $250.00
Gary Murphy - $150.00
Alexander L. Donohue - $150.00
Jigruksh Trivedi – $50.00
Jennifer Gautier - $50.00
Saro Kalayjian – $50.00
Daniel Chall – $25.00
Josephine Go – $25.00
William Laventhal – $25.00
Martha Larkins & William M. Vasil
Harwood Properties, LLC
Nancy and Nathan Sambul
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey