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Corporate Support and Sponsorship Opportunities

Corporate donors play a vital role in the Free Library’s efforts to create an educated and literate workforce. Through these creative partnerships we are having a great impact on the many important issues facing neighborhoods and communities throughout Philadelphia. The opportunities for corporate involvement are as diverse as our programs - providing multiple options for increased visibility, employee engagement and impact results on issues ranging from youth literacy to workforce development.

For more information on the benefits of becoming involved with Library programs and events like the ones listed below, please contact Ruth Auslander, Director of Corporate Relations, at 215-567-7710 x522 or auslanderr@freelibrary.org.

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Corporate Partners
The Free Library of Philadelphia Corporate Partner program is a tax-deductible opportunity for your corporation to help us transform lives. While the City of Philadelphia provides funds for the operation of the Free Library system, private support to the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation helps make possible many of the Library’s free services and programs. In a city where more than half of the adults lack crucial literacy skills, each year private funds supporting the library help 25,000 people learn to read or teach someone else to read; 9,000 entrepreneurs start of expand their businesses; 70,000 students receive homework help after school; tens of thousands access free Wi-Fi and computers daily; and 1,000 people find new jobs through our extensive career services.

Corporate Council
The Corporate Council is a Board endorsed initiative to increase and strengthen the Foundation’s existing Corporate Relations program through strategic solicitation and growth of corporate gifts. Committee members are highly respected in their field and have strong visibility throughout the corporate community. The Committee seeks to increase membership into the Corporate Partners program and serve as advisors to the Corporate Relations team as they enhance library corporate opportunities.

LEAP (Literacy Enrichment Afterschool Program)
LEAP provides a free, safe, educational afterschool opportunity for more than 80,000 Philadelphia school children and features homework help, computer literacy, skills training, and multicultural enrichment activities. LEAP is also an important teen employment and mentorship program, providing over more than a hundred at-risk teens annually with skills training and job experience.

One Book, One Philadelphia – a designated EITC program
A joint project of the Mayor’s Office and the Free Library, One Book, One Philadelphia promotes reading, literacy, and community by motivating tens of thousands of people to read an annual featured selection and come together for engaging discussions and more than 100 thematically related programs with community partners throughout the city. Thousands of copies of the One Book featured selection are also distributed to Philadelphia school students for use as part of their English curriculum.

Summer Reading – a designated EITC program
For over 25 years, the Free Library’s renowned Summer Reading program has encouraged more than 1 million children to prevent “brain drain” and keep reading and learning during the summer months. More than 50,000 children and teens participate in this popular program each summer.

Family Event
Children ages 4 to 10 and their families can take part in a digital scavenger hunt throughout the historic Parkway Central Library to find hidden clues and also take part in dynamic, hands-on art projects at several Make-N-Take art stations. While children are exploring the Free Library, parents can learn more about the Library's many resources and everyone takes part in a kid-friendly dinner reception.

Annual Gala
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation hosts an annual fundraising gala each December. In 2015, we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s iconic book Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with Through the Looking Glass: A Wonderland Ball.

EITC
The Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation is an Educational Improvement Organization (EIO). Corporations that make a donation are eligible to receive 75% of their contribution in tax credit.

Find out more information on the program and how to apply.

The Impact of Your Gift

Jaiden was an eager participant in Summer Reading, devouring many books and earning special prizes along the way. When he learned that one of the prizes he earned was a free book—that he got to keep forever—Jaiden stared at the book truck with wide eyes. As he turned to leave after selecting a special book of his own, Jaiden tugged his father’s sleeve and said in a hushed, reverent tone, "Dad, that was awesome."

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