A great big thank you . . .

. . . to all the members and friends, individuals, corporations, government agencies, foundations, and organizations of the American Library Association (ALA) who helped us fulfill our mission in fiscal 2012! The ALA is grateful for the generous support of the many donors who have graciously enriched the past, transformed the present, and created extraordinary opportunities for all types of libraries and the library profession.

During fiscal 2012, ALA and its divisions, offices, and round tables raised more than $7.0 million. Through your generosity, we have been able to uphold advocacy for libraries and increase public awareness of their value and the services they provide, create awards and scholarships, and support programs and initiatives within divisions, offices, and round tables. Your gift, grant, or sponsorship support makes a real difference and helps ALA better serve the approximately 120,000 libraries across America and the millions of people they serve each year. We are truly grateful.

See a video public service announcement featuring National Library Week Honorary Chair Brad Meltzer.

In 2007 the ALA—the largest and most influential library association in the world—embarked on a special public awareness and advocacy campaign entitled @ your library®—The Campaign for America’s Libraries. At its core, this Campaign speaks loudly and clearly about the value of libraries and librarians in the 21st century and has been designed to convey the value of public, school, academic, and special libraries as centers for information, learning, literacy, and culture at the national, state, and local level. Your contribution and the support of corporate and foundation sponsors can help ALA support the library community to reach the millions of people they serve. For more information on the Campaign and sponsorship opportunities, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

The following library advocates have made significant contributions to help support @ your library®—The Campaign for America’s Libraries. We thank them, as well as our Library Champion members, who generously supported initiatives of The Campaign for America’s Libraries.

Founding Partners and Library Champions

Carnegie Corporation of New York


Dollar General Literacy Foundation

FINRA Investor Education Foundation

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions

Lifetime Networks

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine

For more information on @ your library® Partners, visit the @ your library® Sponsors web page.

ALA Library Champions

The ALA Library Champion program was launched by a select group of corporate and foundation supporters who joined together to form a broad-based group to advocate for libraries and the library profession. The Campaign for America’s Libraries and its @ your library ® brand—which now supports libraries across the nation by fostering public awareness on the extensive range of services available at their community library—was established from their vision.

Library Champions directly contribute to ALA’s Campaign for America’s Libraries, a strategic communications effort about the value and benefits of libraries. ALA considers its Library Champions among our greatest proponents.


$25,000 or more—Campaign for America’s Libraries Investor

Dollar General

Investors—$10,000 or more


Members—$5,000 or more

Baker & Taylor Books
Bound to Stay Bound Books
Brodart Company
Candlewick Press
The Combined Book Exhibit
DEMCO Incorporated
EBSCO Information Services
Ex Libris
Follett Library Resources
Gale Cengage Learning
Gaylord Bros., Inc.
Ingram Library Services Inc.
Innovative Interfaces, Inc.
The Library Corporation
Library Systems & Services, LLC
Mergent, Inc.
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
Polaris Library Systems
ProQuest Company
The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group
Sage Publications
Scholastic Inc.
Severn House Publishers Ltd.
Sisters in Crime, Inc.
S&P Capital
Taylor & Francis Group
Thomson Reuters
VTLS, Inc.

For more information on the Library Champions program and to learn how your company can join our growing list of corporate leaders, please visit the ALA Library Champions web page, or contact the Development Office at 312-280-5050.

ALA funding initiatives

ALA endowment

The ALA endowment has grown steadily from $31.3 million to $32.6 million thanks in part to the generosity of members and friends of ALA. Despite tremendous progress, we continue to strategically implement plans to grow the endowment in order to support the mission of critical ALA programs. A sufficient endowment will generate reliable and permanent income, ensuring that ALA will continue to play a major role as the voice of America’s libraries for generations to come. If you are interested in creating a new endowment in your own name or your company name, or in memorializing a loved one or someone else who has strongly influenced your life, please contact the ALA Development Office by e-mail at development@ala.org or by telephone at 312.280.3259.

ALA scholarships

The ALA is committed to promoting and advancing the librarian profession. To demonstrate this commitment, ALA and its units provide more than $300,000 annually for study toward a master’s degree in library and information studies from an ALA-accredited program, or for a master’s degree in school library media programs that meets the ALA curriculum guidelines for a National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)–accredited unit.

ALA Spectrum Scholarship Program

Established in 1997, the Spectrum Scholarship Program is ALA’s national diversity and recruitment effort designed to address the specific issue of underrepresentation of critically needed ethnic librarians within the profession while serving as a role model for ways to bring attention to larger diversity issues in the future. Spectrum Scholars improve service at the local level because they reflect the communities served by libraries in today’s changing world. Spectrum has provided more than 725 scholarships to qualified applicants enrolled in ALA-accredited graduate programs in library and information studies or school library education programs reviewed and approved by the NCATE or the American Association of School Librarians.

ALA has committed itself to making a master’s degree in library and information science more accessible and affordable for talented women and men who have made the library profession a career choice. Libraries serve as the foundation of life-long learning in our society—they change lives, build communities, and connect at the local level with global resources of information and knowledge. To meet the changing needs of an evolving society, libraries need a new generation of culturally diverse librarians.

Spectrum Presidential Initiative

ALA launched the Spectrum Presidential Initiative to meet the critical needs of supporting master’s-level scholarships, providing two $25,000 doctoral scholarships, increasing the Spectrum Endowment to ensure the program’s future and developing special programs for recruitment and career development. Thanks to the multi-year leadership of ALA Presidents Jim Rettig, Camila Alire, Roberta Stevens, Molly Raphael, Maureen Sullivan and ALA Past President Dr. Betty J. Turock, chair of the initiative, ALA saw the successful conclusion of this initiative in 2012.

Along with more than 1,000 ALA members and friends, we met and surpassed ALA’s goal of raising $1 million by raising $1.23 million. As a result, the Spectrum Scholarship Program Endowment has grown from $3.7 million to $4.8 million. Three permanent scholarships have been established by the Association for Library Service to Children, the Texas Library Association, and ProQuest. ALA divisions, ALA round tables, ALA affiliates plus the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC, the National Library of Medicine, and the Medical Library Association gave generously to the Initiative, resulting in 59 pass-through scholarships. Two individuals have joined the ALA Legacy Society by including the Spectrum Scholarship Program in their estate plans.

The list of achievements goes on and on. Of course, most importantly, from July 2009 to June 2012, 225 students have received the financial support they needed to embark upon or complete their MLIS degree.

Download the Honor Roll of Donors to view a comprehensive list of Spectrum supporters for the duration of the campaign.

Spectrum supporters and scholars celebrate the successful conclusion of the Spectrum Presidential Scholarship Initiative with a cake-cutting ceremony at ALA Annual Conference 2012 in Anaheim.

Cultural Communities Fund

Libraries are often the first place that many people experience live music, poetry, documentary film, dance, art, literature and science programming. For Americans without proximity to cultural institutions or the financial means to access cultural events, the free library offers an essential connection to the wider world through the arts, humanities and sciences. For that reason, ALA’s Public Programs Office established the Cultural Communities Fund (CCF) to support diverse and excellent cultural programming in all types of libraries. These programs promote cultural understanding, civic engagement, and life-long learning. For more information on the kinds of programs that are supported by the Cultural Communities Fund, please visit the ALA’s Public Programs Office web page.

By taking on the role of a community cultural center, libraries are now helping engage people in history in new ways by bringing them together for interactive programming experiences.”
—Film maker

The 21st Century Fund


Unrestricted gifts give ALA the flexibility to respond quickly to unanticipated challenges facing all types of libraries and to act on new opportunities. To learn more about these initiatives and how you can make a donation to ALA, please visit the ALA Development Office web page.

ALA Combined Federal Campaign

ALA is a participating charity of the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) as a member of the Independent Charities of America, and Educate America! The Education, School Support and Scholarship Funds Coalition. The CFC allows ALA to strengthen its bonds with federal workers dedicated to improving librarianship, library services and access to information for all.

All federal, military and postal workers can give directly from their paychecks to ALA through participation in the CFC. Federal employees can donate to ALA via the CFC by completing a simple campaign pledge form and noting ALA’s dedicated CFC Agency Code: 13085.

Other major initiatives

ALA–Allied Professional Association

The ALA-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA) was established to enable the certification of individuals in specializations beyond the initial professional degree and to promote the professional interests of librarians and other library workers. For more information on ALA-APA, please visit the ALA-APA web page or download the ALA-APA podcast.

Freedom to Read Foundation

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) was established to promote and defend First Amendment rights, to foster libraries and institutions wherein every individual’s First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled, and to support the right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work that they may legally acquire.

For more information on FTRF, please visit the FTRF web page.

LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund

The LeRoy C. Merritt Humanitarian Fund provides direct financial assistance to librarians who have been denied employment rights because of their defense of intellectual freedom principles or due to discrimination on the basis of gender, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, age, disability, or place of national origin.

For more information on the Merritt Fund, please visit the Merritt Fund web page.

Other giving opportunities

 LeRoy C. Merritt Fund Trustee speak about why continued support of the fund is necessary.

The ALA offers a range of opportunities to support its mission to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. Within the framework of this mission, ALA works with its many divisions, offices, and round tables to achieve its goals and priorities.

To learn more about ALA initiatives and how you can make a donation to ALA or to a division, office, or round table, please visit the Other Giving Opportunities web page.

Library Advocates, 2011–2012

We are proud to recognize our many members, friends, individuals, corporations, government agencies, foundations, and organizations who gave so generously to ALA and its divisions, offices, and round tables. Our work would not be possible without your interest, involvement, and leadership.

This honor roll recognizes all the donors who have invested in ALA through grants, sponsorship and other contributions made between September 1, 2011, and August 31, 2012. Thank you!


Corporations, Foundations, Government Agencies, and Organizations

$100,000 and above

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Dollar General Literacy Foundation
Fetzer Institute
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Foundation
Folger Shakespeare Library
Gale Cengage Learning
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Library of Congress
National Constitution Center
National Endowment for the Humanities
National Science Foundation
Open Society Foundations
Space Science Institute
Space Telescope Science Institute

$50,000 and above

Google, Inc.

$10,000 and above

Anonymous Foundation
Alexander Street Press
Baker & Taylor Books
Bound To Stay Bound Books, Inc.
Cable in the Classroom
Capstone Publishers
Charles H. Revson Foundation
David Berg Foundation
Disney Worldwide Services, Inc.
EBSCO Information Services
Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Follett Library Resources
InfoGroup, Inc.
Innovative Interfaces
Combined Federal Campaign
Lifetime Arts, Inc.
Medical Library Association
National Endowment for the Arts
OCLC Online Computer Library Center
Pitney Bowes Foundation
Poets House New York
Random House, Inc.
Righteous Persons Foundation
Tablet Magazine: A New Read on Jewish Life
Sage Publications
San Jose State University Foundation
Synergy Enterprises, Inc.
Tribeca Film Institute
University of California-Irvine
World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc.
Westchester Library System

$5,000 and above

Findaway World, LLC. Playaway
HarperCollins Publishers
Indiana University-Bloomington
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Kansas State University Libraries
Library Journals LLC
Newberry Library
Penguin Group (USA)
Pennsylvania State University Libraries
Recorded Books LLC
Scholastic Inc.
Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.
U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
University of Kansas Libraries
University of Notre Dame
University of Wyoming

In-kind support


Free Spirit Publishing, Inc.
Lifetime Networks
National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine
Viz Media
Women’s Day Magazine

Individual Contributions

The 2011–2012 ALA Donor Roster (PDF) features an alphabetical listing of our contributors, regardless of the size of their contribution. We thank each and every one of these individuals who have given generously to support ALA. We want you to know how meaningful these annual commitments are to our ongoing work. In fiscal year 2012, ALA received more than $244,210 in donations. Thank you!

ALA 15x15 Planned Giving Campaign

See the ALA 15x15 Planned Giving campaign launch video at Planned Giving at ALA web page.

In June 2012, ALA launched 15x15, a planned giving campaign to help strengthen the impact and longevity of ALA’s programs and activities in support of libraries and librarians. The goal of the campaign is to secure $15 million in planned giving commitments by 2015. Planned gifts can be made to the Association for general purposes, or specifically directed to an ALA division, round table, program, or fund. Supporters of the ALA 15x15 Planned Giving Campaign are recognized as members of the ALA Legacy Society.

Legacy Society

The ALA Legacy Society honors and recognizes the enduring commitment of those benefactors who have provided for ALA or its divisions, offices, and round tables in their estate plans and made a lasting contribution to the future of the American Library Association.

ALA gratefully acknowledges the following individuals:

Anonymous (2)

Robert E. Banks
Peggy Barber*
Francis J. Buckley, Jr.
Carol Pitts Diedrichs
Carole & Stan Fiore*
Shirley Fitzgibbons
Barbara J. Ford*
Charles Garris, in memory of Cicely Phippen Marks
William R. Gordon*
Ellin Greene*
Nann Blaine Hilyard*
Pam Spencer Holley
Suellen Hoy
Penny Johnson
Dr. Em Claire Knowles
Nancy Kranich
Shirley Loo*
Geri Hansen Mann
Carse McDaniel*
Regina Minudri
John N. Mitchell*
James G. Neal
Robert Newlen
Sylvia K. Norton
Kimberly Patton
Frances R. Roscello
Patricia Glass Schuman
Peggy Sullivan*
Teri Switzer
Ann & John Symons*
Ruth & Jay Toor*
Betty Turock*
J. Linda Williams

* Charter Member
† Deceased

Estate gifts

ALA would like to acknowledge the following individuals for making provisions in their estate to support the Association, its divisions, offices, round tables or programs. Gifts from these the following estates were realized during the 2011–12 fiscal year.

Estate gift of Helga Herz

To find out how you can include ALA or any of its divisions, offices, or round tables in your estate plans and become a member of the ALA Legacy Society, please visit the Planned Giving web page.

Giving to America’s Libraries—include your name in the ALA Annual Report

A contribution to the American Library Association is a gift to help strengthen public, school, academic, and special libraries across the country. Through the generous support of our members and friends, ALA advocates for libraries and library users, promotes literacy and community outreach programs, encourages reading and continuing education in communities across America, and provides scholarships to students preparing to enter the library profession.

We encourage you to become a part of the important role libraries play in our daily lives. Please consider making the most powerful gift you can make: an unrestricted gift. The flexibility of unrestricted gifts enables ALA or its divisions, offices, and round tables to respond quickly to unanticipated challenges facing all types of libraries and to act on new opportunities. In addition to unrestricted gifts, ALA seeks support for many specific initiatives that impact not only libraries but communities everywhere. For more information on supporting ALA and its work, please visit the ALA Development Office web page, giveALA. It is easier than ever to make a gift to the ALA!

Give online—it’s fast and secure!

Use the search options on the left to choose the fund or program you want to support. Enter your gift amount and then click the Next button. You can make donations to more than one fund and make gifts on behalf of your family and friends. All contributions to ALA are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

By mail

Complete a printable version of the online form (PDF) and send a check, payable to ALA:

American Library Association
Development Office
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL 60611


Call the development office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3259, or contact us by email at development@ala.org.

ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program

The ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program is a valuable asset to the Association and its divisions and units because it helps provide critical funding and support for all types of libraries and the library profession. Our partners and sponsors recognize the merit of using their marketing or philanthropy dollars to support an Association that speaks to the value of libraries as a community asset. Collaborating with ALA gives organizations an opportunity to make an important investment in the future of libraries and literacy—and the future of our society.

Our Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program provides organizations with an opportunity to:

The ALA Corporate Partnership/Sponsorship Program was developed to provide significant exposure for a company seeking to align itself with ALA and its mission. The ALA Development Office will be happy to work closely with your company to carry your marketing or philanthropic objectives to new heights while building a unique relationship with ALA. For more information, please contact the Development Office at 312.280.3259 or by email at development@ala.org.