Since its founding, and thanks to many generous donors, the Library of Michigan Foundation has greatly added to the literacy and literary life of Michigan citizens. Adults, youth, visually and physically impaired, and book lovers all across Michigan have benefited from the over 35-year work of the Foundation. Our accomplishments include:

  • Raised over $6 million in private donations, including over $1.1 million in corporate support
  • Helped establish the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room in November, 2003, by raising nearly $1,000,000 in gifts to the Library
  • Provides annual sponsorship of the Michigan Notable Books Program and Night for Notables; for over 20 years, the Foundation contributed nearly $250,000 to showcase nearly 400 Michigan books and authors
  • Provides annual support for the Ready to Read Michigan (Michigan Reads!) youth literacy program, serving nearly 12,000 students, families and educational centers and contributed over $575,000 to support adult and youth literacy across the state
  • Helps grow the Michigan Rare Book Collection by providing private funds for continuing acquisitions
  • Contributed nearly $2.3 million to develop the genealogical collection
  • Sponsors the Braille and Talking Books Library quarterly InFocus publication for over 11,000 BTBL patrons, and has contributed over $100,000 to the Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped program