Mission and Purpose
The mission of the library foundation is to enhance the life of the community by providing the resources essential for appropriate and proactive response to emerging community education needs and issues.
The purpose of the library foundation is to receive and expend tax-deductible gifts for specific short-term projects consistent with the foundation's stated mission, and to establish and administer a library endowment to fund expansion of existing library programs and services as well as new services and programs that address critical community library needs.
Needs assessment and the planning process:
Continuous community library needs assessment is central to the foundation's mission and purpose. The foundation will provide the support for this process to develop, implement, and complete ongoing library planning cycles.
A strong and meaningful presence in all geographic and socio-economic areas of the community will continue to be a challenge as the library serves a growing and complex community from one library facility. Foundation funding can guarantee a strong and meaningful community presence for the library.
Service to diverse populations:
Diversity resulting from ethnic, cultural, and language differences, as well as people with physical challenges is a growing challenge for our community. Foundation funding can guarantee excellent library service to diverse populations.
Cultural opportunities that enhance quality of life:
Great libraries provide great programs. Foundation funding can provide excellent programs that enrich lives.
The High Point Public Library is known for its excellent collections. No-growth materials budgets are in fact shrinking materials budgets as prices continue to soar. Foundation funding can guarantee the library continues to provide an outstanding collection of library materials.
Outstanding library facilities:
Located in the heart of the world's furniture and design center, the library has an opportunity to make a crucial statement to visitors from here at home and from around the world about High Point. With nearly a thousand library visitors each day, at current population levels, library facilities must be replaced, refurbished, and renovated continuously. Foundation funding can guarantee the library's facility and furnishings always reflect well on our city.
Your Questions Answered:
I thought the taxes I pay that go to the library were enough!
Nearly 95% of the Library’s annual budget comes from your
taxes. This money provides the essentials, including a trained
staff, appealing collections, engaging programs and a safe and
attractive building. In other words, these funds meet the basic
needs of library users but do not allow us to address new
demands and higher expectations.
I’ve heard that before long everyone will have a computer with
high speed Internet access at home, and libraries may even
More than 1,000 people visit the library every day, and thousands
use our computers every month. Currently, less than half of High
Point households have a computer, and even fewer have highspeed
Internet. The public library bridges the digital divide for
those who need access to the web but don’t have a computer
of their own. The Foundation will be key in helping us continue our
mission through both new technology and traditional methods.
There isn’t really a need for the library to expand its role in the
A strong, vibrant and vital public library with outstanding
collections, cutting edge technology and creative programs
for people of all ages makes High Point a much better place
for us to live, work and raise a family. The Foundation will
play an essential role in enabling the library to achieve its
own mission and further that of the City’s.
How can I contribute?
The Library Foundation is designed to collect donations that will create income and support the Library for years to come. By making a tax-deductible gift you can add your name to the growing list of donors who support the programs of the High Point Public Library. For your convenience the Foundation can accommodate the type of giving plan that works best for you, including:
• One-time donations
• Multi-year pledges
• Estate gifts that work with your current financial plans
• Gifts of appreciated stock for tax benefits
• Charitable remainder trusts or charitable gift
annuities that can increase your current income.
Download the Donation Card, which contains more detailed information as well as a form for submitting a donation.