Library Capital Campaign Hits $7 Million Mark; Three Donors Offer a Matching Challenge to the Community

The fundraising campaign for the transformation of the Scarsdale Public Library has moved past the $7 million mark and received a major injection of support from three donors who will match every dollar now raised to reach and exceed the $7.5 million goal.

            “Community response to the campaign has been exhilarating,” said Dara Gruenberg, Campaign for Excellence Co-Chair. “As we push toward the finish line, we have the added support of this Challenge Match from generous donors who want to motivate the community to reach our goal as quickly as possible.”

Gruenberg said the Campaign Committee is aiming to maximize community participation. “If you haven’t contributed or you’ve already contributed, every new donation will be matched, dollar for dollar doubling your impact.” 

As part of a funding agreement with the Village of Scarsdale, the library agreed to raise $7.5 million in private funds, and the village will contribute $9.9 million of public funds. 

            The Challenge Match is retroactive to gifts made from March 10. 

            Elizabeth Bermel, Library Director, reported that the project to transform the library is on schedule with construction bidding underway.

"Our thanks go to the dedicated Campaign Committee and our donors for reaching this milestone in the Campaign for Excellence,” said Library Board President Diane Greenwald. “The Library Board is deeply grateful to all for their tireless volunteer efforts and generosity.”

The Scarsdale Library project follows years of careful planning. The renewed, expanded building will add public spaces and services found in the best libraries, state-of-the-art technology, multiple conference and meeting rooms, an enlarged children's area, a business center, a maker space, a teen zone, and a café making the Library a gathering place for the entire community.  Please visit http://scarsdalelibrary.org/campaign/ to make a contribution. 


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