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Cudahy Family Library Endowment Fund
Next Chapter Endowment Campaign
The Creation of a Special Fund

From its humble beginnings in the back of a small drug store, the Cudahy Family Library has always been invested in and valued by the community. The ongoing commitment the Cudahy community has for its Library was demonstrated when it raised enough money to build a new 30,000-square-foot, $4 million facility in March, 2003.

In the last several years, our beautiful Library has surpassed projections and program participation, but any increases from the City's tax levy have been in the single digits, with few additional dollars for technology, book and media collections, and special programs or services. To be certain that the Library can remain relevant for generations to come, an endowment fund -- The Cudahy Family Library Fund -- was created.
What is an Endowment Fund and Why Does the Cudahy Family Library Need One?

This fund is an endowment, which means that the principal is held in perpetuity and the income that comes from the investments is used for the Library’s needs each year. This additional revenue will be used for items that are not covered by city funds, but that are important to keep the Library vibrant.

The best part of a gift to the endowment fund is that it last beyond your lifetime and keeps giving back to the Library and the community that you love. With limited financial resources today and potentially fewer resources in the future, an endowment provides assurances that the Cudahy Family Library will be here to serve future generations.
Donor Recognition

To be honored in your hometown beyond your lifetime can be a great source of pride and a tribute to your name and your family's name.  All donors who contribute to this special fund with any gift amount will become members of the Next Chapter Endowment Fund. Recognition opportunities are available for gifts of all sizes.  For gifts of $2,500 or more, your name or the name of a family member will become part of a permanent Next Chapter Endowment Fund donor wall in the lobby of the Library. Named funds, designated for specific areas of the library, are also available with gifts of $25,000 or more.

Please Consider a Donation

There are many ways to give to the Cudahy Family Library. Consider including the Cudahy Family Library in your will or trust as part of your estate plan. Some individuals have named the Library as a beneficiary of a life insurance policy or qualified retirement plan. Donations of stock, bonds, or other property are also welcome, and often times there are significant tax advantages associated with these gifts. Cash donations during your lifetime are also very much appreciated.  Online credit card donations may be made by clicking on the link below.

Donate to the Cudahy Family Library Endowment Fund by clicking on this link ~ Thank you!

Call With Questions or to Receive a Brochure

If you are interested in making a donation to the Cudahy Family Library Fund, please contact Library Director Rebecca Roepke at 414-769-2246. We’ll also be happy to answer any of your questions on the phone or in person.