Learn about the TPL Foundation
The vision of the Toronto Public Library Foundation is to build a city of life-long readers, learners and creators for a successful Toronto. This is accomplished by inspiring giving in support of exemplary collections, ground-breaking programs and services, and innovative community spaces at Toronto Public Library.
Since its inception in 1997, the Toronto Public Library Foundation has raised over $100 million thanks to generous donors. Now more than ever, the Library needs donors to help ensure that the nearly 70% of Torontonians who use the Library have access to essential resources, programs, services and spaces that help support a resilient city.
Toronto Public Library has benefited from the generosity of donors who have recognized how a strong public library makes our city economically stronger and socially resilient. Innovative partnerships established by the Foundation include the TD Summer Reading Club – that has grown from a local to a national initiative and the Sun Life Musical Instrument Lending Library – where library users can borrow an instrument for free with a valid library card, and the Museum + Arts (MAP) Program, presented by the Bennett Family Foundation which has enabled thousands of families to explore the best of Toronto’s arts and cultural treasures for free. Signature legacy gifts – like that from long-time library-lovers Sophia Lucyk and Norman Hinton – provide enhanced funding to support such priorities as the development of early literacy, creativity, and writing skills in young children and financial literacy skills and small business support.
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Donors Make the Difference
The mission of the Toronto Public Library Foundation is to inspire generous people who care about our city to amplify Toronto Public Library’s work to build success, resilience and well-being for all of us.
Please know that donor-funded initiatives would not be possible without the generosity and steadfast commitment of our community who have chosen to give to support the important work of Toronto Public Library.
Over 32,000 individuals, families and corporations are proud Toronto Public Library donors.
Since 1997, the TPL Foundation has raised over $100 million for the world’s busiest public library system.