About the Foundation


The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation, a 501(c)(3) corporation, works to enhance the quality of public library services to our community by encouraging and generating philanthropic gifts and bequests, with accountability to donors and the public.


Our vision is that each member of our community will have superior access to the highest quality library and information services now and into the future.  


Visit the News & Events page to read our annual reports and newsletters.

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Our History

Making our great library better since 1978!

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation was founded in 1978 to support the Lewis & Clark Library system. Significant gifts from the estates of Bernice Boone, Merlyn Rector, Ronald Schmid, and the Dorothy Thayer Trust provided the initial funds for establishment of a permanent endowment that has grown to nearly $801,906 as of November 30, 2019.


In 2005, the Library Foundation helped raise funds for the Ambrose Reading Room on the second floor and in 2012 contributed to the cost of the Library's first Bookmobile. 


Accountability to our Donors

The Lewis & Clark Library Foundation is committed to:

  • Managing our finances competently;

  • Informing the community of our activities;

  • Maintaining financial accountability; while also

  • Respecting the privacy rights and wishes of our donors; and

  • Respecting the authority of the Lewis & Clark Library Board of Trustees to set library policy and the responsibility of the library director and staff to operate the Library.

Legacy Giving

You can make a difference

The Foundation and the Library work together in a collaborative partnership to determine where private funds can be invested to support and improve a strong library system. 


The Foundation’s support for the Library is made possible by contributions, large and small, from individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Read more about ways to give to the Library Foundation, how to honor someone with a tribute gift, and special events for sustaining donors.


2016 Library Foundation Strategic Plan


Ensure prudent acquisition, management, and use of funds in a transparent process that demonstrates accountability to our stakeholders.

  • Revise gift policy.

  • Schedule visits from investor counselors.

  • Prepare budget by June 1 each year. Participate in audit.

  • Prepare financial report.

  • Make all financial disclosures, reports and audits available to the public.

  • Develop policy re: non-library requests for support.



Maintain and grow sustainable diversified funding.

  • Develop and implement a fundraising plan.

  • Increase the number of donors and cultivate stronger relationships with existing donors.


Ensure long-term growth of the Foundation by encouraging donors to make the Foundation a beneficiary of their estate.

  • Increase emphasis on planned giving opportunities.

  • Provide simple tools to implement planned giving.

  • Develop and implement a planned giving strategy.



Develop a diverse and effective board that represents the Lewis & Clark Library communities.

  • Provide for an engaging, congenial, and rewarding board experience.

  • Demonstrate appreciation and support for library staff.

  • Expand board member development by providing periodic educational opportunities.

  • Develop and implement board policy as needed.



Convey and celebrate the impact of donors’ gifts on programs and services of the library.

  • Increase online presence including Facebook.

  • Communicate 4 x year with donor base, bi-monthly email.

  • Develop and implement a communication plan.