Add Your Name To The Good Hope Branch Library Donor Wall

Good Hope Support Form

About The Good Hope Branch

Now under construction on the northwest side of Milwaukee, the NEW Good Hope Branch at 7717 W. Good Hope Road will be a powerful symbol of community. Your gift will help the library meet the needs of today’s patrons and ensure amenities for the next generation.

Visitors to the library will read about your legacy gift on the donor recognition wall for gifts of $100 - $5,000. Making a tribute gift is a meaningful way to honor someone special to you, or in memory of a loved one. Please show your support today! The size of your donor wall listing will correspond to gift amount.

You will provide inspiration and opportunity, as your gift supports special enhancements to the library’s amenities requested by the community, such as:

  • Community Room
  • Fireplace
  • Maker Space
  • Teen Room
  • Conference Rooms
  • Children’s Room
  • Puppet Theater
  • Programming
  • Collections

Please call the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation at (414) 286-3784 for more information on sponsorship opportunities. Make a pledge today and be recognized among this exclusive honor roll of Good Hope donors.

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Show your support for the Library’s mission along with Milwaukee's top attorneys.
Donate today! See Lawyers for Libraries membership and donor wall details.

Make a Gift of Stock

If you have securities that have appreciated in value, please consider giving those shares to support Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

To donate a stock gift, please contact your financial institution/broker, use the institution’s stock transfer form, and contact Ryan Grall at BMO Harris Bank: (414) 287-8489.

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Join the Legacy Leaders Society

Caring citizens who value the positive impact of the Milwaukee Public Library can make a planned gift to support lifelong learning for our community today, and for generations to come. Call Patricia Swanson, Director of Philanthropy (414) 286-3066.

Legacy Leaders Society Members

Patricia S. Algiers
Susan J. Comstock
Ryan E. Daniels
Julia A. Ihlenfeldt
Joan R. Johnson
Paula A. Kiely
Konrad K. Kuchenbach
Annelise Lawson
Gerald E. Nagy
Dennis L. Paul
Helen Peter Love
Kathleen M. Raab
Delores Robillard
Virginia C. Schwartz
Barbara A. Stein
Patricia Swanson

Corporate Sponsorship

For thirty years, generous sponsors have demonstrated their commitment to the Milwaukee Public Library through contributions to the Foundation. These valued partners recognize the library’s importance in the community, and help to advance their mission of improving lives and contributing to a strong Milwaukee. The Foundation is proud to continue its original vision of seeking private-sector support—the result is improved collections, expanded programs, enhanced services for lifelong learning, and modern 21st Century Libraries, which would not be possible on public funding alone.


Why does my gift matter?

Your gift improves lives and helps the library inspire lifelong learning. More than 90% of 6,000 annual Milwaukee Public Library programs are funded entirely through your private donor support.

What is the difference between donating to the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library?

Both organizations support Milwaukee Public Library, and both are private non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations. Each organization has its own mission, leadership, and operating structure.

The mission of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation is to provide essential support through private contributions for programs, books, materials, digital resources, and library facilities to ensure the Milwaukee Public Library's continued standing as a great library responsive to community needs. Donor support is crucial to funding library initiatives that complement, but do not supplant the City of Milwaukee’s responsibility for library operations, forming a synergistic public-private partnership. Since its inception, the foundation has provided funding for enhancements to the Milwaukee Public Library system which would not be possible on public funding alone.

Advocates for libraries, literacy, and lifelong learning is the mission statement of the Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library organization. These volunteers conduct used book sales of books donated by the community, as well as the materials withdrawn from Milwaukee Public Library’s collection. Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library also helps to “Friend raise,” and offers annual memberships inviting individuals and families to join as “Friends of the Library.” Friends members enjoy receiving great benefits and discounts through their support for the library! Funds raised through Friends book sales and annual memberships significantly support Milwaukee Public Library’s collection and programming.

Can I donate books?

The Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library accepts donations of books and sells them to the public. Contact the Bookseller Used Book Store at (414) 286-2142, or email for more information.

Can I donate a bequest or trust income?

Yes. Directing your gift to Milwaukee Public Library Foundation creates a lasting legacy to the community and a continuing honor to the donor. Please contact Patricia Swanson:, or 414 286-3066 for more information.

Where do I send my donation?

Please make checks payable to Milwaukee Public Library Foundation and mail to:

Milwaukee Public Library Foundation
Friends of the Milwaukee Public Library
814 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233

*Donations can also be made securely online.