Endowment and Capital Campaigns

Investing in our libraries is one of the most effective ways to build a smarter, more engaged and literate community. Libraries are among the most effective of all public services, serving more than 2/3 of the public with less than 2 percent of all tax dollars. (American Library Association)

Libraries Today and in the Future: A Lasting Legacy

In a world saturated with emerging technology libraries have stood the test of time. All across Northern Colorado our libraries are responding to the needs of the communities we serve. Library usage across the nation is greater than ever before; bursting at the seams with entrepreneurs, educators, care givers, DIY’ers, children and families.

Libraries have long been a symbol of opportunity—for information, inspiration, ingenuity, and even entertainment. Today’s 21st century libraries recognize that in an ever-changing world of technology they must adapt what they do and what they offer—they are the “third space” in people’s lives, a space for collaboration, community engagement, creativity, and innovation.

High Plains Libraries are indispensable assets to our community. Building the endowment stabilizes High Plains Library District’s ability to continue to be the place where dreams are realized and keeps us prepared and relevant for the future.

The Endowment Campaign

As of January 2016, the endowment totaled nearly $300,000. The camapaign goal is to build the endowment to $1.5 million – $2 million by the end of 2018.

Permanent Book Endowment Fund Legacy and Planned Gifts

Individuals and families can pledge and personalize their Legacy and Planned Gifts to the Library through the Foundation. A percentage of each gift is designated to a literary genre or library program that best represents the family’s interests. The remainder of the gift flows into the Foundation’s permanent endowment.

Use of Funds

Building the endowment will enable the Foundation to adapt to our communities’ ever-changing needs by providing a stable funding source for programs and services such as:

  • Technology Education—As technology changes it often gets further out of reach for many people. Without the skills necessary to navigate a technology-driven society it becomes increasingly harder to function. HPLD provides current technology for people to use, as well as education and training.
  • 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten— An initiative aimed at getting young children to read 1K books before entering Kindergarten.
  • Nursery Rhyme Book Distribution through the Monfort Family Birth Center at North Colorado Medical Center.
  • Capital projects including: renovations and/or additions; technology upgrades; new library construction.
  • Capital projects including: renovations and/or additions; technology upgrades; new library construction.
  • Writer-in-Residence—positioning libraries as community incubators for the literary arts.
  • 21st Century Professional Skill Development—resume writing, career opportunities, job skills and personal development.