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Librarians connect people to the greatest treasures that the world has to offer. While books and the Internet are only the beginning, librarians powerfully connect citizens to words and ideas, art and music, history and film, and connect one person to another through cultural programming and dialogue.

Recognizing this important and central role for librarians and libraries, the American Library Association Public Programs Office established the Cultural Communities Fund, an endowment to support cultural programming in libraries. The National Endowment for the Humanities has offered a Challenge Grant of matching funds in response. There’s no better time to maximize an investment in cultural programming.

The five-year Challenge Grant campaign has a goal of raising $1,400,000, with yearly targets to receive matching funds from the NEH. With the assistance of the Public and Cultural Programs Advisory Committee (PCPAC), more than $1,000,000 has already been raised toward the Challenge Grant goal.

Over 350 librarians, culturally focused foundations and corporations have already made their commitment. Please join the list of CCF donors today by making your own donation or pledge. Your gift will help us meet our final goal of raising $310,000 by July 31, 2008.

To make your tax-deductible donation, you have three options: you may make your gift by calling us; you may make an online donation by using your credit card on a secure web page; or you may download a gift form and mail a check. Information about all three methods will be found on the CCF donation information page.

To learn more, contact Deb Robertson, director of the Public Programs Office, 312.280.5057 or droberts@ala.org.

Make a donation today and help us to make the connections. Thank you!