Fundraising and Grants


The mission of the Waukegan Public Library Foundation is to enhance the quality of Library services to the community by; securing resources to support library programs and projects not normally met by public funding; to stimulate and encourage gifts of funds, books, desirable collections, endowments and bequests to the library; and receive, hold, manage, use and dispose of funds and properties of all kinds, whether given absolutely or in trust, for the benefit of Waukegan Public Library.  The purposes of the corporation shall be exclusively charitable and educational within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

The Foundation raises money to support the cost of Library services not covered by our tax levy. To help the Library and the Foundation continue to provide the “Standard of Excellence,” donors may contribute at any time via PayPal or by contacting Alicia Garcia, Development Manager, at

Planned Giving is a way a donor can leave money/assets to the library upon his/her death; or a way to invest money so that the donor receives benefits during his/her life and then bequeaths the remaining funds to the nonprofit. Planned Giving is a complex program of various financial instruments that can be adapted to each donor’s needs. Please contact Alicia Garcia (847-775-2564) at the library if you would like to set up a planned gift.


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