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|Library Board Reviews Funding Expectations
|At Thursday's Library Board of Trustees meeting, members reviewed fundraising estimates for the proposed new library.
The board employed the help of the Sweeney Group to conduct a study of about 40 community leaders, six of which were library board members themselves, to get a sense of realistic capital campaign goals.
A new library was initially estimated to be in the 17 to 19-million dollar range, but a questionnaire asked the individuals surveyed how much they felt can be raised privately.
Survey participants reportedly unanimously said that 17-million dollars could not be raised privately and a recognizable percentage put the figure closer to the 3 to 5-million dollar range.
Sweeney Group President Jodi Sweeney says the Library needs to continually educate the public on their progress.
"The condition of the current library building, not everybody knows how bad this building is, when I said to people the stacks are holding up the second floor, people were shocked," says Sweeney.
Individuals surveyed in the study said they understand Galesburg needs a library for the 21st Century, but the vision is not shared on how to achieve that.
Sweeney says she believes this is a good time to launch a capital campaign due to evidence collected from the survey suggesting that other fundraising efforts have either passed or are years off.
Several fundraising methods were discussed, including naming rights, corporate and in-kind gifts.
Between October and December, the Library Board plans to develop a gift tracking system, meeting with the City Council, and develop a multi-faceted education program during the campaign.
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