Ogdensburg Public Library Announces $10,000 Challenge Grant to Build Endowment

The Ogdensburg Public Library is delighted to announce that the Northern New York Community Foundation recently awarded a $10,000 challenge grant to help build the library’s permanent endowment. 

The library’s campaign, “Building Partnerships and Investing in Our Future,” is now under way to strengthen this resource at the Community Foundation. All gifts to the campaign will be matched, dollar-for-dollar, up to $10,000. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for library benefactors to double the impact of their donations to our fund,” Library Executive Director Penny Kerfien said. “Our established endowment gives donors an opportunity to share in the library’s vision and lets a donor see how quickly pooled gifts can grow.” 

Volunteers from the library’s Board of Trustees and Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library will be reaching out to the community in coming months to encourage support for this generous matching opportunity.  

A successful endowment campaign will help the library meet its vision to connect people with library programs and services. As a permanent fund, the endowment will also help the library complete upgrades and much-needed improvements to its building infrastructure into the future. 

    Gifts to the library’s endowment campaign may be made to the Northern New York Community Foundation, ATTN: Ogdensburg Public Library Endowment Fund, 131 Washington St., Watertown, NY 13601, or through secure online giving at nnycf.org/giving.  

    The library joins an extensive number of nonprofits — more than 50 in St. Lawrence County alone — that partner with the Community Foundation and benefit from the Foundation’s longstanding investment expertise.  

About the Northern New York Community Foundation 

    Since 1929, the Northern New York Community Foundation has invested in improving and enriching the quality of life for all in communities across Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties. 

    Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, charitable foundations, and generous families and individual donors, the Community Foundation awards grants and scholarships from an endowment and collection of funds that benefit the region. Its commitment to donors helps individuals achieve their charitable objectives now and for generations to come by preserving and honoring legacies of community philanthropy while inspiring others. 

    The Community Foundation is a resource for local charitable organizations, donors, professional advisors, and nonprofit organizations. It also works to bring people together at its permanent home in the Northern New York Philanthropy Center to discuss challenges our communities face and find creative solutions that strengthen the region and make it a great place to live, work, and play. 

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