Monday, February 28, 2005

WLA Foundation Launches the Campaign for Wisconsin’s Libraries
The Wisconsin Library Association Foundation has embarked on an ongoing state level campaign to promote a wider understanding of the value and importance of Wisconsin’s libraries. The Foundation has made a commitment to raise a minimum of $100,000 each year to fund the campaign, and has set aside $15,000 of its current funds to develop an action plan for the campaign. The Foundation is also pleased to announce that the WLA and the Wisconsin Association of Public Libraries have agreed to become the first Supporting Partners in the Campaign for Wisconsin’s Libraries with a contribution of $5,000 each.

The Campaign for Wisconsin’s Libraries will provide a collective voice in behalf of Wisconsin libraries of all types. The campaign will take advantage of any national level efforts to promote libraries that are in keeping with the purpose of Wisconsin’s campaign. Some possible messages include: the impact that libraries have on the State’s economy; the importance of libraries to lifelong learning; and the overall contribution libraries make to the quality of life of the state’s residents.

The Foundation will use a variety of strategies to raise the funding necessary to finance a successful ongoing campaign including the recruitment of additional funding partners. Individual members of WLA can support the campaign by becoming a member of one of the Foundation’s clubs (see ).

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