Marathon County Public Library

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The MCPL Foundation

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The MCPL Foundation is an independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that secures private funding for the Marathon County Public Library.

Our mission is to is to support and enhance the libraries of Marathon County and the services they provide. We do this by helping secure financial resources to support collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the library. The library depends on private donors to supplement and strengthen the public’s investment in this vital community resource. Every gift is important, no matter the size.

Why choose the library among your philanthropic priorities?

  • MCPL provides a safe and nurturing place for children and families.
  • MCPL services are free and available to residents of Marathon County and beyond.
  • MCPL services connect with our communities through creative partnerships.

What We Do

The purpose of The MCPL Foundation is to ensure the future of the library as an indispensable community resource. We do this by helping secure financial resources to support collections, programs, services, technology and physical facilities of the library. The Marathon County Public Library is the sole beneficiary of funds raised by The MCPL Foundation.

The MCPL Foundation pursues this purpose by seeking philanthropic support, providing conscientious stewardship of the assets in its care, encouraging appropriate community partnerships and advocating on behalf of the library’s mission and continue helping our community be the best place to live, work and learn.

Examples of library projects supported by The MCPL Foundation:

  • 2017 – Helped fund the creation of the Wausau Community Room at MCPL Wausau.
  • 2008 – Funded the Re-imagination Project – in particular, the expansion and improvement of the TeenZone at MCPL Wausau.
  • 2002-2010 – Funded Marathon County READS, an annual community reading program for all ages.
  • 1998 – Established an endowment, the proceeds of which are to be allocated for special projects.
  • 1995 – Helped support the expansion of MCPL Wausau – in particular, the addition of the third floor.

Ways to Give

The MCPL Foundation depends entirely upon supporters, volunteers and donations. All contributions are greatly appreciated, and you will get a receipt tax deduction purposes. Investments in your library help support the library's mission: To enrich lives by promoting lifelong learning and actively providing the community with access to ideas, information and opportunities to connect.

You may donate to The MCPL Foundation via the following:

  • Gifts of Cash – Donations of cash is the most common giving method. Please use our donation form.
  • Memorials – We welcome gifts honoring or memorializing someone you love. Please use our donation form.
  • Bequests – Through your will or trust, you can make a bequest to sustain the library by providing a dollar amount, a percentage of your estate or what is left (remainder) to "The MCPL Foundation." Such a designation may reduce your estate taxes.
  • Other Options – If you have another type of donation in mind, please contact us to discuss the possibilities!

The MCPL Foundation also raises funds via direct mail campaigns sent to past and potential donors in the spring and fall. To be placed on the list, call 715-261-7200.

Foundation Board Members:

  • Suzanne O’Neill J.D., President (Term 5/2019; 2nd term)
  • Pam Kolasinski, Vice President (Term 5/2018; 1st term)
  • Kevin Terry J.D., Secretary (Term 5/2020; 1st term)
  • Nicole Dunbar, Treasurer (Term 5/2020; 1st term)
  • Joan Cohen, (Term 5/2019; 2nd term)
  • Lisa Hamilton (Term 5/2019; 1st term)
  • Mary Coates (Term 5/2020; 1st term)
  • Ralph Illick, Ex Officio

Contact The MCPL Foundation:

  • Address: MCPL Foundation, 300 N. First Street, Wausau, WI 54403
  • Phone: 715-261-7200
  • Email: Online Form (c/o MCPL Foundation)


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