Welcome Library Lovers!
The Fairfax Library Foundation is a private, nonprofit corporation committed to providing supplementary support to the Fairfax County Public Library.
As the Chair of the Board of Directors, I serve and represent the Foundation as it attracts private funding from individuals, businesses, organizations, Friends groups, and foundations all in an effort to enhance library services for Fairfax County and the City of Fairfax. As the Library embraces new challenges and endures trying economic times, the Foundation reinforces the need for continued and increased public support for the library.
The Foundation prides itself on the improvements and advancements our fundraising allows for within the library’s 23 branches. The generosity of individuals, businesses, and other organizations continues to make such enhancements a possibility. Some of the educational programs and initiatives that have flourished as a result of your generosity include:
- Library Literacy Outreach Programs for Preschool Age Children
- Changing Lives Through Literature
- The Friends Scholarship Fund
- All Fairfax Reads
- Summer Reading Program
Under the leadership of Alvah Beander, our past chair, the Foundation celebrated A Platinum Jubilee!, which raised over $100,000 for the Library. As a result, the Foundation crossed the $10 million donation mark, a pivotal milestone for the Foundation as it best supports the Library. I am confident that the Foundation’s recent success will continue into the future so long as it sustains the support of the Fairfax community.
We need your help now more than ever as people use the Library’s resources in record numbers. Last year, library customers made over 5.7 million visits to our branches and more than 4.1 million visits to the library Web site. Because less than 1¢ of each local tax dollar goes to the Fairfax County Public Library, the Foundation relies on private cash donations, in-kind gifts, and memorial gifts, all of which are of the utmost importance. Attending the Jubilee is the perfect way to join the citizens and organizations supporting our Library.
As always, I ask you to continue supporting the Library through charitable gifts and donations. There are no minimums for gift-giving as all gifts are greatly appreciated. You can rest assured knowing that your offering will be put to good use – in fact, you can direct your funding to a program of your choosing! However you choose to support the Library will ultimately enhance the Library as a whole, and for that, I am grateful.
Thank you again for your ongoing support.
Chair, Board of Directors