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 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
- 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