Schlow Friends Become Foundation
Friends of Schlow Take on New Identity, New Roles
State College, PA -- The Friends of Schlow Library have officially changed their name to the Schlow Library Foundation. The change, says Foundation Board president Sue Werner, reflects the greater need for the non-profit to raise funds for the library. "This transition will give the library one fundraising arm that combines the Friends and Schlow campaigns. Our purpose remains the same - to help maintain Schlow as a vibrant resource in the Centre Region."
Cuts in state funding have resulted in a cumulative loss of more than $1 million since 2007. It is the goal of the Schlow Library Foundation to help restore funding by securing donations from community members and businesses in the surrounding area. The Foundation will work to ensure that the excellent level of service and variety of materials the community has come to expect will continue without interruption.
The Foundation will be assisted in its fundraising efforts by Schlow Library’s new Manager of Philanthropy, Molly Hetrick. Ms. Hetrick comes to Schlow with a strong fundraising and grant writing background, having worked as the Supervisor of Millbrook Marsh Nature Center for the twelve years prior to coming to Schlow. At Millbrook Marsh, Ms. Hetrick wrote numerous grants and managed a $1.25 capital campaign. Ms. Hetrick will work with Foundation board members to foster new fundraising opportunities and cultivate existing relationships.
The Schlow Library Foundation is teaming up with Town&Gown magazine to celebrate the tenth birthday of Schlow’s current building with a fundraising event on October 2. “Meet the Sportswriters” will feature well-known sportswriters from The New York Daily News and other periodicals, and will include State College native Michael Weinreb, a reporter for Rolling Stone.
More details about the October 2 fundraiser will follow in the coming weeks.