To preserve and provide access to historical records of our society, and to serve the cultural, educational and informational needs of the people of the city and the commonwealth by leading and focusing the fundraising efforts, raising the visibility of the library and its programs and encouraging community involvement.
In 1992, these dedicated supporters of the Library, John and Diddy Cullinane, William Bulger, and William O. Taylor joined forces in the beginning to restore one of the City’s most venerable buildings, the Charles McKim building located on Copley Square. Over the years the foundation’s focus broadened to include programming support and facility improvements throughout the system, as well. In creating the Boston Public Library Foundation, they sought to build a new partnership among civic-minded individuals, the corporate community, and public funders. The combined strength and leadership of this partnership continues to move the great work of the Library forward.
With the generosity of many donors the foundation has raised more than $80 million for facilities, programs designed specifically for children, teens and seniors. Author events, lecture series and exhibitions have also been made possible do to the work of the Foundation and its generous supporters.
For more information please contact:
The Boston Public Library Foundation
700 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Phone (617) 247-8980
Fax (617) 247-1571
Board of Directors
Ronald P. O’Hanley, Chairman
Robin A. Brown
Lewis Burleigh, Esq.
Michael A. Ewald
Lillie B. Johnson
Paul T. Kraft
Rebecca J. Nordhaus
Helen E. McL. O’Rourke
Kevin C. Phelan
Lia G. Poorvu
Susan E. Pravda
Kristin C. Welo
Tobias W. Welo
Samantha Akiha, Development Associate
Hope Coolidge, Finance and Administration Officer
Russell Hansen, Annual Fund Coordinator
Jacqueline Lippman, Event Planner
David M. McKay, Executive Director
The Boston Public Library Foundation recognizes your right as a donor to privacy and pledges to protect it.
When visiting our web site, our web server automatically logs (records) domain name and standard information about the operating system and web browser you are using, as provided by your web browser. This information is used for statistical purposes to help us manage our site, but it does not identify you in any way.
We collect personal information about you only if you volunteer it through our website, sign-in sheets at events, and/or make a donation. We may use this information to contact you for support purposes and to answer questions. All information is kept confidential.
We collect email addresses that are voluntarily provided to us so that we may send email news briefings in the future. We use these email addresses only to distribute the Foundation’s electronic messages. The Boston Public Library Foundation does not sell, rent, or lend email addresses of users to anyone. Registered subscribers can remove their names from our subscriber list at any time by notifying us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Boston Public Library Foundation makes donations easy for you. You can donate online to the Boston Public Library Foundation. The website supports authentication for the page you are viewing when making a donation. The identity of the website has been verified by our credit card processing vendor.
The page you view while processing payment is encrypted before being transmitted over the internet. Encryption makes it very difficult for unauthorized people to view information traveling between computers. It is therefore very unlikely that anyone reads the page as it travels across the network.
We maintain records of all contributions to the Boston Public Library Foundation. All information is kept private and confidential, stored in a secure location and accessible only by authorized staff and board.
The Boston Public Library Foundation appreciates the great support of our donors and may publish donor recognition lists in its annual reports, publications and/or website. If you would like to remain anonymous in recognitions, please contact the Foundation at email@example.com or 617-247-8980 to remove your name from recognition.