ALA Cultural Communities Fund (CCF)

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CCF Benefit at 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago


Join ALA's Public Programs Office for a special evening reception during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago!

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"An Evening with Nikki Giovanni at the American Writers Museum"
Friday, June 23, 2017
7 - 10 p.m.
American Writers Museum, 180 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

Be among the first to explore Chicago’s new American Writers Museum -- while supporting cultural programming in libraries -- at this special reception featuring renowned poet and activist Nikki Giovanni. After seven years in the making, the innovative American Writers Museum (slated to open in spring 2017) will engage the public in celebrating American writers by examining their influence on our history, identity and culture. Peruse the newly opened museum – conveniently located in downtown Chicago -- while enjoying a reading by Giovanni, hearing insights from AWM docents, and savoring hors d’oeuvres and drinks, including local Chicago beers. Attendees will receive a copy of Giovanni’s upcoming book, “A Good Cry: What We Learn from Tears and Laughter,” with a book signing to follow. The event will include a silent auction. Proceeds will benefit ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund.

Tickets are $75 for ALA members and $90 for nonmembers.

Reserve your ticket when registering for the conference online. (We are ticketed event "ALA3.") Questions? Trouble registering? Contact us at

Thank you to the American Writers Museum for their generous support of this event!

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
  •, 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.

How do I give to CCF?

  1. Click the "Donate Now" button below.
  2. Sign in with your ALA member log-in (or simply click "Donate Only").
  3. Search for "CCF" in the white search bar at the top of the screen. Or, click on "Offices" and select "PPO."
  4. Enter your donation amount and click "Check Out."
  5. Complete the check-out process.

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How can I have my gift matched 1:1 (and support community engagement)?

A part of the Cultural Communities Fund, the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant supports seed projects for all types of libraries and librarians who wish to catalyze positive change within their communities. When you designate your CCF gift to support the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant, your gift will be matched by a generous donor — so every dollar you give becomes two.

To designate your gift to the Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant:

  1. Click the Donate Now button above.
  2. Sign in with your ALA member log-in (or simply click Donate Only).
  3. Search for CCF in the white search bar at the top of the screen. Or, click on Offices and select PPO.
  4. Enter your donation amount and click Check Out.
  5. Click Add a Tribute or Memorial to My Donation and enter Libraries Transform Communities Engagement Grant in the tribute line.
  6. Complete the check-out process.

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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