The mission of the Milwaukee Public Library
Foundation is to provide essential support through private contributions
for books, materials, programs, and library facilities to ensure the
Milwaukee Public Library's continued standing as a great library responsive
to community needs.
The foundation was established in 1988 and continues its original vision
of generating private-sector support to supplement tax-based funding.
The result has been improved collections, expanded programs, enhanced
services, and renovated buildings. But the credit for the foundation's
impact belongs mainly to the people of Milwaukee. Over the years, thousands
of generous individuals, corporations, and foundations have demonstrated
their deep commitment to the Milwaukee Public Library by donating to
Private support for the library includes contributions from thousands of individuals, corporations, organizations, and foundations. These contributions enabled the foundation staff and board members to raise significant funds for library programs, books, materials, and endowment funds. Gifts to the foundation signify a shared respect for public libraries and an understanding that a strong public/private partnership ensures a top notch resource for all.
Foundation Board of Directors
Arthur Harrington, President Laurence Compton, Vice President Barbara Stein, Secretary Charles Sprague, Treasurer
J. Lewis Perlson
Distinguished Directors T. Michael Bolger
David V. Uihlein, Jr.