L. E. Phillips Family Foundation Pledges $1.5 Million Gift!
The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in downtown Eau Claire and its Story Builder expansion campaign are honored to announce their acceptance of a $1.5 Million gift from The L. E. Phillips Family Foundation. A critical step to achieving the campaign’s fundraising goals, the Library Board voted to accept the donation on Thursday, January 21. As the campaign’s lead gift, this is the largest pledge in the history of the library, and it brings funding to almost 94% of the total project cost ($18.5M).
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The need is real. The time is now.
- 1996 – 398,486
- 2019 – 799,420
Circulation has more than doubled, from loaning 398,486 items in 1996 to 799,420 items in 2019.
- 1996 – 317
- 2019 – 798
Programs offered annually increased from 317 events in 1996 to 798 events in 2019.
- 1996 – 13,070
- 2019 – 32,693
Attendance in programs has risen from 13,070 attendees in 1996 to 32,693 attendees in 2019.
- 1976 – 61,000 Sq. ft.
- 2019 – 61,000 Sq. ft.
Based on the growth in our services and in our community, there is a need for an increase in usable space.