Back to search results

Organization Information

Friends & Foundation of the San Francisco Public Library


Public libraries anchor their communities and change lives. We support the San Francisco Public Library through fundraising and advocacy.

Real Life

How does one define a successful capital campaign?By the money raised; the relationships formed; and the impact it has on people in the community?The Campaign for the New Ocean View Library has achieved all of the above.With an original fundraising goal of $267,000, the campaign has raised over $490,000!

Because of overwhelming generosity, Ocean View will have a library with computers, printers, scanners, new furniture, bookshelves and other improvements making it an important education center.

None of this could have been achieved without a dedicated group of residents who convinced Mayor Brown to commit $2.5 million to a new facility and with the help of the Friends & Foundation, started fundraising for interior improvements.

Adding to this success is the Ocean View Branch Manager. Dorothy Coakley spent hours speaking on behalf of the Library and its patrons; she has hundreds of stories about small victories that have changed lives forever.

"Donations have exceeded $35,000, with hundreds of letters and checks not only from California, but also from places like Illinois and Kansas," reports Paola Muggia Stuff, coordinator of the campaign for the Friends & Foundation."To date, $450,000 in grants have also come from corporations and foundations."