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foundation1 1 The Geauga County Library Foundation



Geauga County Library Foundation Brochure (PDF File)

The Geauga County Library Foundation was created to inspire library programs and service by providing assistance to the Geauga County Public Library and to ensure that our public library system will continue to meet the present needs of our community, as well as grow to meet future challenges. Chartered in 1989 as a non-profit corporation in the State of Ohio, the Foundation has tax exempt status under Sec. 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Goals of the Foundation

  • Improving the library's collection of books
  • Providing additional library services as needed by the community
  • Reading enrichment programs
  • Cultural and educational programs

Foundation Memberships

The Foundation offers two levels of membership support. The annual membership is $100 for an individual and $150 for a couple and covers a membership period of January1 through December 31. The Partners for Life level is $1,500 for an individual and $2,000 for a couple.

The Chapman Award

Norma Chapman was a founding trustee of the Geauga County Library Foundation. Mrs. Chapman gave much of her time to the business matters of the Foundation as well as generous financial support. Geauga County: A Pictorial History was initiated and published with funding from Mrs. Chapman. Her devotion to the Geauga County Library inspired the creation of the Chapman Award, which is presented annually to a worthy recipient.

Board of Directors

The Geauga County Library Foundation is governed by a board of 14 trustees. Three groups are represented on the Board: the community at large; Friends of the Libraries and Director of the Library; and the Geauga County Public Library Board. All funds received by the Foundation are guided by the trustees and are to be used to benefit the Geauga County Public Libraries.

We would like to thank the current Geauga County Library Foundation Board for their dedication to the Library Foundation.

Geauga County Library Foundation

Community Members

  • Mark Hamilton
  • Barbara Inderlied
  • Robert Toth
  • Mona J. Trybus
  • Pat Brandes
  • John Fitts
  • Margie Wilber
  • (Two vacancies)

Friends of the Library and Director Members

  • Library Director, Deborah F. O'Connor
  • Library Director appointee, Nick Fagan
  • (One vacancy)

Library Board Members

  • Karen Delano
  • Raymond Rundelli
  • Paul A. Newman

Foundation Board Officers

  • Mark Hamilton, President
  • Mona Trybus, Vice-President
  • Pat Brandes, Secretary
  • Margie Wilber, Treasurer

Foundation Executive Director, Kristen G. Haskell

Foundation Projects

Some of the contributions made by the Foundation include:

  • Baby’s First Book
  • Books and Bears for all Geauga County kindergarteners
  • Special book collections for Chagrin Falls Park
  • Rotating kits of literacy materials for Geauga County preschools
  • Early Learning Station computers for preschoolers at all libraries
  • eBook devices for demonstration and instruction purposes
  • Realia and reading support materials for library preschool storytimes
  • Reading charts, stickers and book selection tools for parents or preschoolers
  • Early literacy kits featuring a book and accompanying educational toys
  • Little Free Library at the Geauga County Safety Center

Gifts to the Foundation

Contributions become a part of the endowment fund whose income and principal will be directed by the Geauga County Library Foundation Executive Board of Trustees.

Gifts to the Foundation can come in various forms including:

  • Unrestricted gifts: gifts of cash or securities for flexible purposes
  • Memorial gifts: contributions given in memory of a family member or friend
  • Deferred gifts: gifts through bequests, life insurance annuities and trusts
  • Restricted gifts: gifts given for a specific and limited purpose
  • Gifts in-kind: gifts of equipment, land, or services useful to the library
    • Matching gifts: many employers will match an employee's gift on a one-to-one basis
    • Corporate grants
      • Life insurance policies which are no longer needed
      • Long-term appreciating property gifts
      • Bequests or a legacy to the Foundation through a will
      • Testamentary and living trusts

If you would like more information about making a donation or including the Foundation in your estate planning, please contact the Geauga County Library Foundation at 440-286-6811, ext. 131.

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