A great big thank you…

. . . to all of the members and friends, individuals, corporations, government agencies, foundations, and organizations of the American Library Association (ALA) who helped us fulfill our mission in fiscal year 2009! The ALA is grateful for the generous support of the many donors who have graciously enriched the past, transformed the present, and created extraordinary opportunities for all types of libraries and the library profession.

During fiscal year 2009, ALA and its divisions, offices and round tables raised more than $11.8 million. Through your generosity, we have been able to uphold advocacy for libraries and increase public awareness of their value and the services they provide, create awards and scholarships, and support programs and initiatives within divisions, offices, and round tables. Your gift, grant, or sponsorship support makes a real difference and helps ALA better serve the nearly 120,000 libraries across America and the millions of people they serve each year. We are truly grateful.

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The following library advocates made significant contributions to help support @ your library®— The Campaign For America’s Libraries. We thank them, as well as our Library Champion members, who generously supported initiatives of The Campaign for America’s Libraries.

Founding Partners and Library Champions

Carnegie Corporation of New York logo

Carnegie Corporation of New York

Disney Book Group logo

Disney

Dollar General logo

Dollar General

FINRA logo

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

IFLA logo

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

National Baseball Hall of Fame logo

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Univision Radio logo

Univision

Verizon logo

Verizon

Women's Day magazine logo

Woman’s Day magazine

 

For more information on @ your library® Partners, visit the @ your library® Sponsors Web page.

The ALA Library Champions are significant supporters of @ your library®—The Campaign for America’s Libraries.

2008-2009
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3M Library Systems
ABC-CLIO, Inc.
Baker & Taylor Books
Bound to Stay Bound Books
Bowker
Brodart Company
BWI /Follett Library Resources
Candlewick Press
The Combined Book Exhibit
DEMCO Incorporated
Dollar General
Dun & Bradstreet
EBSCO Information Services
Elsevier
Ex Libris
FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Gale, part of Cengage Learning
Gaylord Bros., Inc.
Google
H.W. Wilson Company
Highsmith Inc.
InfoUSA, Reference USA Division
Ingram Library Services Inc.
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
JanWay Company USA Inc.
LexisNexis
The Library Corporation
Marquis Who’s Who
Marshall Cavendish
Mergent, Inc.
Mirrorstone
Morningstar
Neal-Schuman Foundation
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
Polaris
ProQuest Company
Sage Publications
Scholastic Inc.
Severn House Publishers Ltd.
SirsiDynix
Springer
Standard & Poor’s Corp.
Swets
Thomson Reuters
Verizon Foundation
World Book, Inc.

For more information on the Library Champion program and to learn how your company can join our growing list of corporate leaders, please visit the ALA Library Champions Web page.

ALA funding initiatives

ALA endowment

Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of members and friends of ALA, the ALA endowment has grown to $31.2 million. Despite tremendous progress, we have not yet reached an endowment total required to provide a steady stream of income that helps support all aspects of ALA’s operations. A sufficient endowment will generate reliable and permanent income, ensuring that ALA will continue to play a major role as the voice of America’s libraries for generations to come. If you are interested in creating an endowment in your own name or your company name, or in memorializing a loved one or someone else who has strongly impacted your life, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

ALA scholarships

The American Library Association is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study in a master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program, or for a master’s degree in school library media program that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) accredited unit. If you are interested in creating an endowment in your own name or your company name, or in memorializing a loved one or someone else who has strongly impacted your life, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

ALA Spectrum Initiative

Spectrum is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. The Spectrum Initiative provides scholarships and professional development programs to improve service at the local level through the development of a representative workforce that reflects the communities served by all libraries. Your donation will help build the Spectrum endowment to a level where it can permanently sustain scholarships by sending a powerful message that you care about diversity, education, and equal access to information for all. If you are interested in creating an endowment in your own name or your company name, or in memorializing a loved one or someone else who has strongly impacted your life, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

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The American Library Association—the largest and most influential library association in the world—has embarked on a special public awareness and advocacy campaign entitled @ your library®—The Campaign for America’s Libraries. At its core, this Campaign speaks loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century and has been designed to convey the value of public, school, academic, and special libraries as centers for information, learning, literacy, and culture at the national, state, and local level. Your contribution and the support of corporate and foundation sponsors can help ALA support the library community to reach the millions of people they serve. For more information on the Campaign and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

Cultural Communities Fund logo

Libraries are often the first place that many people experience live music, poetry, documentary film, dance, art, and literature. For Americans without proximity to cultural institutions or the financial means to access cultural events, the free library offers an essential connection to the wider world through the humanities. For that reason, ALA’s Public Programs Office established the Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) to support diverse and excellent cultural programming in all types of libraries. These programs promote cultural understanding, civic engagement, and life-long learning. For more information on how the Cultural Communities Fund supports libraries, please visit the ALA’s Public Programs Office Web page. 

The 21st Century Fund

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Unrestricted gifts give ALA the flexibility to respond quickly to unanticipated challenges facing all types of libraries and to act on new opportunities. To learn more about these initiatives and how you can make a donation to ALA, please visit the ALA Development Office Web page, giveALA.

Other major initiatives

ALA–Allied Professional Association

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The ALA–Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) was established to enable the certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree and to promote the professional interests of librarians and other library workers.

For more information on ALA-APA, please visit the ALA-APA Web page.

ftrf logo Freedom to Read Foundation

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) was established to promote and defend First Amendment rights, to foster libraries and institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled, and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work that they may legally acquire.

For more information on FTRF, please visit the FTRF Web page.

Spectrum Presidential Initiative

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At the 2009 Annual Conference, ALA President Camila Alire, Past-President Jim Rettig, and ALA President-Elect Roberta Stevens announced the launch of the Spectrum Presidential Initiative (SPI). SPI is a special one-year initiative to raise $1 million for the Spectrum Scholarship Program. Once achieved, the Spectrum Presidential Initiative will allow ALA to provide 90–100 additional Spectrum Scholarships to qualified applicants and grow the Spectrum Endowment to provide future scholars with much-needed support. Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed racial- and ethnic-minority librarians within the profession while serving as a model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future.

For more information on the Spectrum Presidential Initiative, please visit the Spectrum Web page.

Other giving opportunities

The American Library Association offers a range of opportunities to support its mission to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Within the framework of this mission, ALA works with its many divisions, offices, and round tables to achieve its goals and priorities.

To learn more about ALA initiatives and how you can make a donation to ALA or to a division, office, or round table, please visit the Other Giving Opportunities Web page.

Library Advocates
2008-2009

We are proud to recognize our many members, friends, individuals, corporations, government agencies, foundations, and organizations who gave so generously to ALA and its divisions, offices, and round tables. Our work would not be possible without your interest, involvement, and leadership.

This honor roll recognizes all the donors who have invested in ALA through grants, sponsorship and other contributions made between September 1, 2008, and August 31, 2009.

Thank you!

Corporations, Foundations, Government Agencies, and Organizations

$100,000 and above

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Fetzer Institute
FINRA Investor Education Foundation
Gale Cengage Learning
Institute of Museum and Library Services
National Endowment for Humanities
NEXTBOOK
ProQuest
Space Telescope Science Institute
The John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Toyota Motor Corporation
University of Pittsburgh
US Bank

$10,000 and above

3M Library Systems
ABC-CLIO Inc, Greenwood Publishing Group
Baker & Taylor Books
Book Page Promotion Inc
Boston Public Library, Serials Receipts
Bound To Stay Bound Books Inc.
BWI/Follett Library Resources
DEMCO Incorporated
Disney / Hyperion Books
EBSCO Information Services
Elsevier
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Ex Libris USA Inc.
H.W. Wilson Foundation, Inc./H.W. Wilson Company
Hasbro, Inc.
Huntington Library & Art Gallery
Ingram Book Company
Ingram Library Services
Innovative Interfaces
LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions
Mattel, Inc.
McMaster University Library
National Institute of Health Library
Nebraska Library Commission, Atrium
New York Historical Society, Library
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
Oprah’s Angel Network
Publishing Technology, Inc.
Random House, Inc.
Swets
Synergy Enterprises, Inc.
Taylor & Francis
Thomson Reuters
World Book Inc.

$5,000 and above

Alexander Street Press
Anschutz Film Group, Inc.
BBC Audiobooks America
Bowker
Brodart Company
Candlewick Press
Checkpoint Systems Inc.
Combined Book Exhibit
Dollar General
Dun & Bradstreet
EBSCO Information Services
EdLiNC
Gaylord Bros., Inc.
Google Inc.
HarperCollins Publishers
Highsmith Inc.
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
InfoUSA, Reference USA Division
JanWay Company
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Linworth Publishing Inc
Mackin Library Media
Marquis Who’s Who
Marshall Cavendish
Mergent, Inc.
Mirrorstone/Wizards of the Coast
Morningstar Inc.
Neal-Schuman Foundation
Polaris Library Systems
Sage Publications
Scholastic Inc.
Severn House Publishers Ltd.
SirsiDynix
Springer
Standard & Poor’s Corp.
Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium
The Library Corporation
Tutor.Com
University of Maryland Libraries
University of Virginia
University of Washington Libraries
Verizon Foundation
YBP Library Services

In-kind support

Hasbro
Wizards of the Coast
Top Trumps
Toyota Motor Corporation

Individual Contributions

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The 2008–2009 ALA Donor Roster features an alphabetical listing of our contributors, regardless of the size of their contribution. We thank each and every one of these individuals who have given generously to support ALA. We want you to know how meaningful these annual commitments are to our ongoing work. In fiscal year 2009, ALA received more than $141,000 in donations. Thank you!  

The ALA Legacy Society honors and recognizes the enduring commitment of those benefactors who have provided for ALA or its divisions, office and round tables in their estate plans and made a lasting contribution to the future of the American Library Association.

ALA gratefully acknowledges the following individuals.

Anonymous
Peggy Barber*
Francis J. Buckley
Carole & Stan Fiore*
Shirley Fitzgibbons
Barbara J. Ford*
Charles Garris, in memory of Cicely Phippen Marks
William R. Gordon*
Ellin Greene*
†Gerald Hodges*
Pam Spencer Holley
Suellen Hoy
Shirley Loo*
Carse McDaniel*
Regina Minudri
John N. Mitchell*
Robert Newlen
Margaret "Peg" Oettinger
Francis R. Roscello
Patricia Glass Schuman
Teri Switzer
Ann & John Symons*
Ruth & Jay Toor*
Betty Turock*

*Charter Member

† Deceased

To find out how you can include ALA or any of its divisions, offices, or round tables in your estate plans and become a member of the ALA Legacy Society, please visit the Planned Giving Web pages.

Giving to America’s Libraries—include your name in the ALA Annual Report

Give ALA

A contribution to the American Library Association is a gift to help strengthen public, school, academic, and special libraries across the country. Through the generous support of our members and friends, ALA advocates for libraries and library users, promotes literacy and community outreach programs, encourages reading and continuing education in communities across America, and provides scholarships to students preparing to enter the library profession.

We encourage you to become a part of the important role libraries play in our daily lives. Please consider making the most powerful gift you can make, an unrestricted gift. The flexibility of unrestricted gifts enables ALA or its divisions, offices, and round tables to respond quickly to unanticipated challenges facing all types of libraries and to act on new opportunities. In addition to unrestricted gifts, ALA seeks support for many specific initiatives that impact not only libraries but communities everywhere. For more information on supporting ALA and its work, please visit the ALA Development Office Web page, giveALA.

It is easier than ever to make a gift to the American Library Association (ALA)!

Give online—it’s fast and secure

Use the search options on the left to choose the fund or program you want to support. Enter your gift amount and then click the Next button. You can make donations to more than one fund and make gifts on behalf of your family and friends. All contributions to ALA are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

By mail

Complete a printable version of the online form and send a check, payable to ALA:
American Library Association
Development Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Questions?

Call the development office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3259, or contact us by e-mail at development@ala.org.

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ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program

The ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program is a valuable asset to the Association and its divisions and units because it helps provide critical funding and support for all types of libraries and the library profession. Our partners and sponsors recognize the merit of using their marketing or philanthropy dollars to support an Association that speaks to the value of libraries as a community asset. Collaborating with ALA gives organizations an opportunity to make an important investment in the future of libraries and literacy—and the future of our society.

Our Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program provides organizations with an opportunity to:

  • Amplify corporate messages to more than 120,000 public, school, academic, and special libraries nationwide and the millions of people they serve.
  • Develop critical quality programming to connect with ALA’s 65,000 members in the library community.
  • Showcase a corporate brand and image in an unmatched environment.
  • Gain public recognition on the local, regional, and national levels for promoting literacy.
  • Receive national recognition of partnership/sponsorship with the Association through press releases to our network of media contacts and recognition in the ALA’s Annual Report and American Libraries, ALA’s magazine.
  • Benefit from opportunities for additional promotional events, such as ALA and divisional conferences.

The ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program was developed to provide significant exposure for a company seeking to align itself with ALA and its mission. The ALA Development Office will be happy to work closely with your company to carry your marketing or philanthropic objectives to new heights while building a unique relationship with ALA. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 312.280.3259 or by e-mail at development@ala.org.