Foundation Board

Who we are and what we fund

Thanks to your support, the Library Foundation raised over $86,000 in 2016. This includes funds raised at the Feast of Words, Memberships, our end-of-year giving campaign and the 2016 Endowment Campaign. Due to a match from a donor at the Gorge Community Foundation,  we received an additional $26,736 for the Endowment Fund – making our total for the year $112,871. All due to generous donors in our community!  We contributed $45,000 to the Library District and $2,500 to Hood River Reads, a very special program run by the  Friends of the Hood River County Library. The Library Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to raise funds and community support to ensure vibrant libraries in Hood River County. Funds are distributed at the direction of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, a volunteer group of private citizens. Contact us if you would like to join the Foundation Board or serve on a Committee.

2016 Projects – Donated $47,500 Total AND the Endowment Fund grew $53,472!

  • Raised $25,000 at the 2016 Feast of Words to revitalize the Children’s Library
  • All magazine and newspaper subscriptions
  • The downloadable e-book and audiobook service Library2Go including new auto and genealogy databases
  • Continued support for the Spanish language collection, purchasing new adult, teen, and kids books, audios, and videos
  • Support for Hood River Reads to increase the number of books available to give away
2015 Projects – Donated $55,000 Total
  • 2015 Feast of Words Raised over $30,000 to revitalize the Georgiana Smith Gardens adjacent to the Hood River Library. These funds supported improvements to the watering system, new plants, bike racks, fencing — which all help make our library gorunds a special place in the hear of Hood River.
  • Contributed to periodicals, electronic resources and collections
  • Support for Hood River Reads
  • 1913 – With the help of local women and a $17,500 grant from the Carnegie Foundation, the original brick building opened its doors.
  • 1998 – The Library Foundation was formed to spearhead a $4 million fundraising drive to remodel and expand the Hood River library.
  • 2004 – The Foundation led the charge to create Hood River’s beautiful and beloved Georgiana Smith Memorial Library Park by raising $210,000 and securing a land donation from the Stoltz family.
  • 2011 – After a year of closure, we reopened our libraries thanks to the Foundation’s $200,000 Open Early Campaign which funded all operations prior to receiving property taxes, preventing the District from incurring debt to open the doors.
  • 2013 – Creation of a young adult section at Hood River including furniture and an expanded collection of teen books and new magazine section shelving in the atrium of the Hood River branch
Board of Directors 2017
  • Jen Bayer, President
  • Dawn Fitchen, Vice-President
  • Amanda Goeke, Secretary
  • Heather Staten, Treasurer
  • Kelsey Culbertson
  • Emily Curtis
  • Anne Gehrig
  • Dale Hill
  • Stan Sales
  • Michael Schock
  • Jo Smith