The Wareham Library Foundation Inc. is a non-profit, charitable corporation formed in 2007 to raise and invest funds to support our public library in Wareham. The Foundation maintains a strong tradition of community philanthropic support, which dates back to the turn of the 20th century, when local citizens first established the Wareham Free Library.
Since its inception just several years ago, The Foundation has contributed over $150,000 to the Wareham Free Library. These funds support the purchase of books, equipment and programming that provides a wide range of educational and cultural opportunities to enrich the lives of Wareham residents of all ages. The Foundation’s contributions have been critical at a time when public libraries everywhere are facing significant budget cuts.
The Wareham Library Foundation provides the most protected vehicle for making donations to the library. The tax exempt status allows the maximum amount of an individual tax deduction. Library foundations have become increasingly recognized as the best way to channel funds for the benefit of public libraries and many public libraries here on the South Coast benefit each year from the support of their library foundations.
Elizabeth Wiley, President
Kerry A. Mello, Vice-President
James Mendes, Treasurer
Patricia Sheehan, Clerk
For more information about the Wareham Library Foundation, you can check out their website here.
Did you know that the Friends of the Wareham Free Library are listed on AmazonSmile? Every time you shop through Amazon, the AmazonSmile Foundation will automatically donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases.
To start supporting the Friends, visit http://smile.amazon.com, sign into your Amazon account and search for “Wareham Library Foundation.” Then hit select.
In the Amazon app for IOS and Android devices, sign into your account, then click on the three lines on the top right corner (Next to Amazon logo). Under “Programs and Features,” click See All Programs. Select Amazon Smile and search for “Wareham Library Foundation,” and hit select.
Bridging The Gap
As of June 21, the Wareham Library Foundation met and surpassed its fundraising goal for the year.
“On behalf of the Wareham Library Foundation, we would like to thank the A.D. Makepeace Company and all of our community members who stepped up in big and small ways to support the Bridge the Gap campaign,” Library Foundation president Liz Wiley said. “Without your support, we would not be able to provide the library with the funding support it needs to operate at full capacity.”
Efforts to raise funds for next year are already underway. If you are interested in donating to the Wareham Library Foundation, you can click here.
February 20 (Wareham Week) – Fundraiser must ‘Bridge the Gap’ in library budget
April 25 (Wareham Week) – Matching grant yields library more than $30,000 in donations
June 22 (Wareham Week) – Donations stack up: Library funded for another year