When you support the Cleveland Public Library Foundation, you invest in Cleveland’s success through our patrons.

The Cleveland Public Library Foundation exists to raise philanthropic support for Cleveland Public Library. The Foundation allows the Library to do more for the people of this community given the work outside the scope of traditional library services is not funded by the state and local tax dollars received by the Library. When you invest in the work of the Cleveland Public Library through the Foundation, you invest in the City of Cleveland. Your investment impacts the following areas:

  • Ensure every child reads: Cleveland Public Library prioritizes its youth literacy efforts. From story time, tutoring, and homework help to resources for parents and educators, our role is to ensure children have the tools they need to be successful readers.
  • Community Connector:  The Library serves as a connector for social services and other basic need resources for the community. Whether adult patrons need access to education services or children need access to healthy food options, you can find it at Cleveland Public Library. 
  • Workforce ready: Through programs, services, and community partnerships Cleveland Public Library ensures Clevelanders have the skills and resources they need to be successful in the workforce.  
  • Bridge the cultural divide:  The Library offers people a platform to learn “first hand” from each other and come to appreciate the variety and richness of the world’s cultures. Emerging technology, our featured exhibitions, and collections presents opportunities to broaden the avenues for intercultural engagement 

Please consider a gift  to support one of Cleveland’s most valued community assets.

Please join us as a supporter.  Your contribution will help the library continue to provide a rich learning environment and a place for civil discourse, accessible to everyone in the community.

Development Staff

  • Tracy Martin
    Director of Development
    Cleveland Public Library

Board of Directors
  • LaRese Purnell, President
    CLE Consulting Firm
  • Dorothy Baunach, Vice President
    Community Volunteer
  • Samuel Wright III, Treasurer
    Huntington Bank
  • Erin Deimling, Secretary
    PNC Bank
  • Nancy Bostwick
    Community Volunteer
  • Brian Broadus
    Perspectus Architecture
  • Margaret Anne Cannon
    Community Volunteer
  • Katherine Collin
    American Endowment Foundation
  • Joe Compton
  • Manicka Collins-Bryant
    Cuyahoga Community College
  • Allen Dengler
  • Donna Flynt
    Parker Hannifin
  • Adam Gimbel
    Allegro Realty
  • Greg Harris
    Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
  • Kathryn Heidemann
    Cleveland Institute of Art
  • Yvette Itu
    Greater Cleveland Partnership – Cleveland Development Advisors
  • Ronald Johnson
    Key Bank
  • Chris Kaiser
    Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cecil Lipscomb
    United Black Fund of Greater Cleveland, Inc.
  • Ronna McNair
    Cuyahoga Community College
  • Craig Martin
  • Molly McNally
    Squire Patton Boggs
  • Christine Millen
    Enza Financial LLC
  • Jeffery Patterson
    Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Paul Putman
    TREE Fund
  • Mark Ross
    Community Volunteer
  • Michele Ungar
    Progressive Insurance
  • Gregory Stefani, Past President
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland – Retired
  • Bob Pincus, Director Emeritus
  • Felton Thomas, Honorary Director
    CPL, Executive Director & CEO
  • Thomas Corrigan, Honorary Director
    CPL Board of Trustees
  • Eric Gordon, Honorary Director
    Cleveland Metropolitan School District