Library Foundation

The Thomas Ford Library Foundation

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Providing for Our Library’s Future

The Thomas Ford Library Foundation is dedicated to making a great library even better through gifts from the community.

In partnership with the Library, the Foundation directs your tax-deductible contributions to build an endowment for the future, or funds patron programs and capital improvements right now – programs and projects that are beyond the scope of the library’s operating budget.

OakLeaf_135Supporters of the Foundation who meet or commit to a certain level of giving are honored as members of the Oak Leaf Society, and receive special recognition.

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We welcome your contributions to the Foundation:
  • Write a check* payable to the Thomas Ford Library Foundation (Online donations coming soon!)
  • Commemorate a person or event with a memorial donation
  • Give a gift directed to purchase books & other Library materials with the Collection Club
  • Remember the Library with a bequest or grant

A Memorial donation allows you to donate to the Library Foundation in memory or honor of a person or event. Whether donating by check* or online, please provide the name and address of the honoree or family of the person to be remembered so we may notify them of your gift.

A bequest or grant allows a donor to leave a portion of an estate to the Foundation by specifying a dollar amount or percentage. For more information on planned giving, please contact the Library Director using the contact information below.

Questions? Please contact Ted Bodewes, Library Director, or Leslie Karas, Foundation Chair, at 708-246-0520 or bodewes@fordlibrary.org

*Checks payable to the Thomas Ford Library Foundation may be dropped off or mailed to Thomas Ford Library Foundation, 800 Chestnut Street, Western Springs, IL 60558.

Board of Directors
CHAIRPERSON
Leslie B. Karas

TREASURER
Andrew Gore

LIBRARY DIRECTOR
Ted Bodewes

Established in 1995, the Foundation is an independent 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization. All donations receive tax benefits to the extent allowed by law.