Strengthening Our Community Through Literacy, Opportunity, and Inspiration

Our Mission

The mission of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is to provide essential support through private contributions for books, materials, programs, and library facilities to ensure the Milwaukee Public Library's continued standing as a great library responsive to community needs.

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation supports critical resources instrumental in providing inspiration and opportunity for all who rely on the library to improve their daily lives. Because of your support, Milwaukee Public Library is a source of knowledge, empowerment, and enrichment offered to every citizen walking through its doors—for more than 2 million annual visitors.

Learn how your support helps make an impact during this interview with MPL Foundation Executive Director Ryan Daniels and former Friends of MPL Board President Shannon Sweek. Thank you to Jill Economou and Ellenbecker Investment Group for helping to spread the message about the importance of the library in our community!

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation Shannon Sweek and Ryan Daniels

Why I Support Milwaukee Public Library Foundation


“Libraries are our greatest national treasure; they have the ability within their walls to transform lives.”

Marianne Lubar, Past Honoree, Benjamin Franklin Award Celebration

Awards and Recognition

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world’s largest database of nonprofit organizations. Less than five percent of nonprofits registered with GuideStar are recognized with a Gold Seal. A Gold Seal status is the leading symbol of nonprofit transparency and accountability.