Madison Public Library Foundation Offers 1:1 Matching Funds up to $250,000 in Final Push for Central Library Campaign

October 14, 2013

The Madison Public Library Foundation is offering a dollar-for-dollar match up to $250,000 on all gifts to Central Library made between now and December 31. This board-designated
match is intended to spur donations to fulfill the foundation's $9 million commitment to the project. Matching funds will apply to both gifts and pledges, including purchases of special edition library cards and Books of Honor.

"It's crucial that we meet our goal by the end of the year," says Campaign Chair Tripp Widder. "Gifts of all sizes count now more than ever, and this challenge doubles the impact of every gift."

Officially launched in April 2011, Learning for a Lifetime: The Community Campaign for a New Central Library has raised over $8.12 million in gifts and pledges from individuals, business, and foundations toward the $30 million rebuild of Central Library. The new building opened its doors on September 21, but the campaign will continue through the end of the year.

"People are very impressed with the new library. Whether they were hoping for improved collections, expanded programming options, or simply a more inviting environment, this new building has it all," says Foundation Executive Director Jenni Collins. "When considering making a gift, we hope Madisonians will recognize the value that this improved Central Library adds to their own personal experience as well as the community as a whole."

More information about the Central Library project and giving opportunities can be found on the foundation's campaign website,

  • Jenni Collins, Madison Public Library Foundation, 608-266-6318