Donations & Giving

Give to the Foundation

Thanks to your generous donations, we have been able to continue to support the mission of the Wauwatosa Public Library.

Your tax dollars pay for our building and its upkeep and our expert staff. Donations to the Foundation, on the other hand, help us enhance our book collection, provide innovative services and offer inspiring programming for a variety of lifelong learning opportunities. 

Each year, the Foundation works in partnership with the Library to determine where your gifts can have the greatest impact. From preschoolers enjoying Story Time to students researching and collaborating on projects, to job seekers and seniors perfecting their computer skills, your continued generosity can enrich the lives of generations of Tosans. 


The Director’s Circle

The Director’s Circle recognizes donors whose generous annual support of $1,000 or more enhances the foundational resources, services and spaces that help make the Wauwatosa Public Library stronger.

Director’s Circle members gain preferred access to the annual Leadership Luncheon event, special communications and programming, and also enjoy fellowship with other donors at library events.

Donate By Mail

If you’d prefer to make a gift by mail, please send your check to:

Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation
c/o Wauwatosa Public Library
7635 W. North Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Spending Policy

Per the Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation’s bylaws, the Foundation is a non-profit corporation that operates exclusively for the benefit and financial support of the Wauwatosa Public Library. Such financial support shall be limited to support of library projects or programs not normally financed by the City of Wauwatosa, except when contributors request that their contributions be used to purchase books or other specific items for the library.

No part of the Foundation’s earnings can be used for the personal benefit of the  directors, officers or contributors, nor can the Foundation activities involve  the influencing of legislation or political campaigning.

Each fiscal year the Foundation may distribute up to 5% of the average market value of the Foundation’s assets using a three-year trailing average, concluding with the year end of the prior fiscal year. The Foundation may also distribute a greater amount if deemed appropriate by at least ⅔ of the board members present. The annual distribution will include cash required for any purpose the board and library director deem appropriate.