About the Foundation

 

The Foundation for the South Orange Public Library was established in 2014 by a group of engaged citizens who understood that needed capital improvements would require more funding than could be raised through public sources alone. Many libraries across the country have such foundations, which act as fundraising arms for special initiatives and campaigns.
 
While there is no capital campaign at this time, the Foundation stands ready to launch one in support of capital improvement plans currently being considered by the Library Board and the Village of South Orange. Residents interested in helping transform the South Orange Public Library by serving on the Foundation board are encouraged to contact info@soplfoundation.org
 
The Foundation is separate from the SOPL Board of Directors and from Friends of the South Orange Public Library.

The Foundation's Mission

 

The Mission of the Foundation for the South Orange Public Library, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is to support excellence at the South Orange Public Library in a state-of-the-art facility by generating private-sector support and other funding. The Foundation solicits, receives and administers gifts and grants for: capital improvements; reserves, funds and/or endowments; and special projects that fall outside of the scope of the library’s municipally-funded budget. All funds raised by the Foundation are solely for the benefit of the South Orange Public Library.

The Library Family

Since its founding more than 150 years ago, the South Orange Public Library has thrived thanks to the engagement and expertise of dedicated volunteers. Like many libraries, the SOPL has three distinct volunteer bodies that work in complementary ways to support the library in providing the highest level of service to the community: 

 

The South Orange Public Library Board of Directors

The nine-member governing board operates under NJ State Law and is responsible for the overall fiscal and programmatic oversight of library operations.

 

The Friends of the South Orange Public Library

This 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization was founded in 1991, and supports the SOPL programs, collections and activities.

 

The Foundation for the South Orange Public Library

Formed in 2014, the Foundation is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that raises funds for capital and other non-operating improvements to the library.

The Foundation for the South Orange Library