ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF)
Why support CCF?
Libraries are champions of lifelong learning — places to quench curiosities, access technology, and explore new ideas, hobbies and careers.
But extraordinary library programs — the type of library programs our communities need and deserve — require funding and training that some libraries struggle to afford.
Since 2003, the American Library Association (ALA) Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) has supported humanities, civic and STEM programming in libraries of all types.
With help from individual and corporate donors, CCF has grown into an endowment of $1.9 million, crucial funding that supports:
- professional development opportunities, both in-person and online, for library professionals at libraries of all types
- grants and awards that recognize excellence in library programming
- ProgrammingLibrarian.org, ALA's online community dedicated to library programs
Please join our network of CCF supporters — including more than 500 library professionals, foundations and corporations — by making a tax-deductible contribution today. (At the link, sign in with your ALA member log-in or simply click "Donate Now," then search for "Cultural Communities Fund.")
Who benefits from cultural programming in libraries?
- Libraries: Cultural programs build the foundation for library advocacy by raising the profile of the library within the community and drawing attention to all the important services the library provices.
- Communities: Gathering at the library to discuss literature, films and important issues of the day builds strong community networks.
- People: Library programs meet a significant need for informal and continuing education opportunities, allowing community residents of all ages and income levels to be lifelong learners. Diverse groups of people gather at the library, one of the few truly open spaces in a community.
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