The Library of Michigan Foundation (Foundation) was created in 1985 at the suggestion of  Governor James L. Blanchard to raise private funds in support of the Library of Michigan. The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity governed by a volunteer, independent board of directors. The Foundation provides opportunities for charitable giving to support Library of Michigan programs, collections and services not otherwise provided through state or federal funding.

Since its inception, the Foundation has raised more than $6 million in private and corporate donations for programs to boost adult literacy, youth and early childhood literacy, special services for the blind and physically impaired, statewide service support for libraries, continuing education for librarians, library staff and trustees, and construction of the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room housed in the Library of Michigan.

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