#GivingTuesday 2019: Funding Gap

This #GivingTuesday, we’re focusing on our adult learning services: throughout the day on Tuesday, Dec. 3, we’ll be sharing stories from our learners, volunteers, and staff members to help you see the impact of this work on our community. But did you know that our tax levy does not fund the full cost of those programs? We rely on grants and donations to offer these life-changing services.


We are grateful to the organizations and individuals who have chosen to invest in the Library through grants. The Library’s education and literacy services team, whose manager also serves as the Library’s grants administrator and in-house writer, has been awarded over $200,000 in grant funding this fiscal year. These grants fund service delivery, instructional costs, materials, and even some staff salaries.

We are grateful to key funders like the Office of the Illinois Secretary of State, the Healthcare Foundation of Northern Lake County, and the City of Waukegan Community Development Block Grant program, among others, for investing in our work this fiscal year. In fact, Waukegan Public Library is the only library in Lake County to have received a grant from the Illinois Secretary of State to fund adult basic education. As part of our #GivingTuesday campaign, you’ll learn more about the programs made possible through the generosity of these funders.

Annual Giving

Each year, annual giving helps us close the gap between our existing funding and the true cost of these services. We couldn’t do it without you! Because these services are offered as part of the Library’s overall programming initiatives, any gift you make to the Literacy 2020 annual fund supports this work. Your gifts go directly to support our adult learners. Gifts of any amount make a difference: from $5 to $5,000, your gift this #GivingTuesday will transform lives through literacy.