The Friends & Foundation represents more than 2,000 donors who declare through their contributions how much they value what Howard County Library System provides to all in our community. These donors are committed to raising the standard of excellence of our library system. Private support strengthens the Library’s capacity to innovate and pilot new initiatives and expand proven, high impact initiatives like Battle of the Books and Summer Reading Clubs.
There are many benefits to being a donor to the Friends & Foundation. In addition to a tax deduction since the Friends & Foundation is a 501 (c) (3), donors receive various benefits corresponding to their donation level. These include an e-newsletter about HCLS happenings, advance notice of author and other special events, a commemorative bookplate, and complimentary tickets to a fundraiser or signature event.
Friends and Foundation of Howard County Library System is a nonprofit organization that supports HCLS in its mission to deliver high quality education for all ages. Specifically, we support:
- Battle of the Books
- HCLS Spelling Bee
- HCLS BumbleBee
- Choose Civility
- Notable Author Events
- HCLS Project Literary Graduation
- Rube Goldberg Challenge
- Summer Ready Kickoff and Clubs
- Children’s Discovery Fair
- Teen Time
- Online Homework Assistance
- Enchanted Garden
Why Did You Change the Name to Friends & Foundation?
We are now the Friends & Foundation of HCLS because it is more representative of our work and formalizes the role we have been playing and wish to build upon in the future.
This new name and our focus is more inclusive – in the way that we engage with donors, and the opportunities that we have for donors to participate in Friends & Foundation activities.
Our new name reflects the multifaceted focus of our organization. We continue to build an engaged community of members and volunteers with a strong interest in Howard County Library System – our FRIENDS. Adding FOUNDATION to our name emphasizes our work to encourage larger donors, planned giving and bequests, and secure grants from corporate and other foundations to support educational initiatives and events that HCLS delivers.
How Can I Become Part of the Friends & Foundation?
The Friends & Foundation of HCLS’ Board of Directors encourages you to join them in one or more of the following ways: