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The Goodnow Library Foundation is the only nonprofit organization committed solely to supporting the Goodnow Library’s priorities through fundraising and advocacy, providing an extra margin of excellence.

The Foundation was established in 2008 by the Trustees of the Library to support the Goodnow Library's mission of "Improving lives through the power of information, ideas, and innovation."  


The Trustees recognized the urgent need to provide an additional source of revenue for the growing demands of Goodnow in the 21st century: capital improvements, technology upgrades, and physical refurbishments and renovations. 

The Foundation focuses on developing, administering, and allocating funds to provide the extra margin of excellence for the Library by enhancing existing public support for the Library. Projects have been supported by various funding sources, including private gifts from individuals, foundations, and corporate partners. As more and more communities embrace library foundations as a forward-thinking way of securing the future of their libraries, the Foundation is proud to have donated approximately $500,000 to the Library since its inception as a 501(c)(3).

The Foundation is committed to working in tandem with Library Director Esmé Green, Library Trustees, and Sudbury town officials. In this capacity, the Foundation also spends significant hours in its work to foster Goodnow's role as a vibrant and bustling hub for the Sudbury community and beyond. It hosts events and small receptions, coordinates programs, and runs an in-person and online booksale to support the Goodnow Library. It hosts an annual fundraiser to bring the community together. It has produced art shows that bring students and adults of all ages into the Library. It engages the community with STEAM fairs and it also has hosted a Community Information Fair so that all local nonprofits could exhibit the good work that they do for the local community.

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