The Library of Michigan Foundation enhances Library of Michigan programs, collections and services through privates support.  Since its beginning in 1985, 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 services for libraries, continuing education for librarians, library staff and trustees, and raised private funds to significantly help with the construction of the Martha W. Griffiths Michigan Rare Book Room housed in the Library of Michigan.

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 Library of Michigan Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit charity governed by a volunteer, independent board of directors. The Foundation does not raise money for day-to-day operations of the library. The Foundation provides opportunities for charitable giving to strengthen the cultural and literary world of Michigan by enhancing special programs and services of the Library of Michigan, not otherwise provided through state or federal funding.