Who we are

Our mission is to foster excellence in the Wilsonville Public Library, by promoting community interest and building financial support to develop the Library’s facilities, collections, services and programs.

           left to right: Steve Turner, Nancy Andersen, Dick Spence are three of the founding members.

The Foundation was created in 1998 by community members dedicated to improving the Library through increased private support. The Foundation raised about $250,000 to commission and purchase art and furniture for the Library expansion for 2002.

Contributions to the Foundation directly fund the resources and programs to improve the Library’s level of excellence and service.

The Foundation is a separate legal entity with (501(c)(3) tax status. It offers donors a familiar and reliable way to make tax-exempt gifts to the library. The Foundation’s tax status also has the advantage of making it eligible for certain grants for which public libraries may not directly qualify.

What is the difference between The Foundation and Friends? The Wilsonville Library Foundation and Wilsonville Friends of the Library work as partners in support of the Library. The Friends emphasize volunteerism and involvement in Library programs and activities, while the Foundation’s emphasis is on private giving and long-term financial support for the Library’s development. Both foster interest in the Library and help to fund enhancements to the Library’s facilities, collections, services and programs.

The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of five to twenty-one Directors, who are elected by the Board to three-year terms.