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The Richland Public Library Foundation offers a variety of opportunities for people who wish to express their gratitude and encouragement to support the library in material ways. Some of the common ways in which you can contribute are listed below, but we are more than willing to discuss any special needs and opportunities with you. Contributions may be made to the Richland Library Foundation using the Donation form, or in the Foundation’s name to the Three Rivers Community Foundation or other charitable organization.

Contributions to the Foundation are tax-deductible under Section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS Code.

Types of Gifting


Make your contribution today by printing, completing and mailing the Donation form. Giving levels to the Foundation are listed below, but we appreciate gifts of any size, and accept checks and credit cards.
  • Benefactor More than $5,000
  • Platinum $1,000 to $4,999
  • Gold $500 to $999
  • Silver $250 to $499
  • Bronze $100 to 249
  • Donor $99 or Less

Noncash Gifts and Charitable Trusts

As a 501c3 corporation, the Foundation is able to receive non-cash gifts of all types, including property, securities, and capital gains, and can also establish charitable remainder trusts. For further information regarding contributions other than cash, or the establishment of a charitable remainder trust, please contact us directly.

Matching Gifts by Corporations

Many community-minded employers are willing to match gifts made by their employees to qualified charities. Ask your employer if they would be willing to help you support the Richland Public Library Foundation.

Memorials and Named Gifts

Gifts honoring the memory of a special loved one or friend may be accepted by the Foundation in accordance with the policies and wishes of the Richland Public Library. Similarly, naming rights may be available to major donors who may wish to dedicate their gift. Please contact us for more information.

Books, art, and non-print materials

The Friends of the Richland Library gratefully accepts donations of books, magazines, computer software, computer games, CDs & DVDs. They sort and sell these items at very affordable prices to benefit our community and to provide funds that benefit our library. The Foundation however, would be most interested in receiving books, photographs, professional journals, art, or other collectibles that highlight Richland’s unique history for the Richland Room.


A bequest through your will or trust is one of the most popular and simplest ways in which to support the Library. You can set aside a designated amount of money, a percentage of your estate or assets such as stocks, insurance or valuable collections. Please consider designating your bequest to the Richland Public Library Foundation. You can specify which programs and collections you’d like to support or make a gift to our endowment fund which will generate income for future needs. For more information about making donations and bequests please contact us directly.

Current Needs

The Richland Public Library Foundation currently supports several special projects which may appeal to you and to which contributions may be earmarked.

Richland History Room

The Richland History Room was originally the brainchild of Foundation Board member Ron Kathren and was immediately adopted by Library staff and the rest of the Foundation Board members. The inspirations might have been the Northwest Room at the State Library and other such special collections around the state. Another inspiration was the work of early Richland librarians in saving original source material, such as the GE NEWS or clippings or the cartoons of Dupus Boomer.

Funding for The Richland History Room came from a $75,000 grant from the Foundation to the City of Richland plus another $40,000 from individual private donations.  Additional funding is being sought to expand the History Room’s current capabilities as well as the ability to digitize as much information as possible; the thinking being that the actual location of items is less important than the capacity to share them.

The intent of the Richland Room is to collect and preserve – for sharing – Richland history, from early 1900’s, through the Manhattan Project era, to present. The mission of the project is to collect and preserve, while forging partnerships with other organizations interested in local history, such as The Hanford Reach Interpretive Center, East Benton County Historical Society, WSU Tri-Cities, and the U.S. Department of Energy.

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Children’s Garden

The Richland Public Library Foundation has identified a Children’s Garden as their next fundraising project. Foundation Board members worked in concert with the Library Building Committee so that both the site and the building are “ready” for a garden to be added. The garden would be an expansion of the Children’s area in the Library and would afford opportunities for story times, Library programs, and reading

Request Information

You may contact us directly to obtain more information about contributing to the Richland Public Library Foundation.

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