The Endowment is a fund that was created in 1985 “for the welfare, support, advancement and perpetuation of the Hershey Public Library.”
The Endowment can accept or arrange gifts such as:
- Appreciated securities, bonds, or closely held stock
- Life Insurance
- Charitable Gift Annuities
- Charitable Remainder Trusts
- Other estate plans recommended by your attorney or financial advisor
How Can I Make a Gift to the Endowment Trust?
Contact Library Director at 717-533-6555, x3715 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Before making a gift, consult with your financial advisor or attorney about tax implications and gifts, investments, and estate plans that can maximize the benefits of the contribution.
A $5000 gift or more is named on a lobby plaque. We can work with donors who are interested in landscape, book or furnishings gifts.
Are any other donations possible?
The Library also has an Honor and Memorial Gift Book Program. Funds are used to purchase books or media in someone’s name. A personalized bookplate is placed on the items. Landscape and other commemorative gifts are available. Donations to the Friends can be made at any time.
The trust is managed by an Endowment Board of Trustees, appointed by the Board of the Friends of the Hershey Public Library in accordance with the Endowment’s Agreement of Trust.
The Endowment funds are managed by a professional investment firm, Bryn Mawr Trust Company.
Hershey Library Endowment Trust Board 2019
Leigh Ann Dornberger
Laura O’Grady, Director of Library Services
Ted Farrar – Treasurer
Hillary Marotta - Secretary
Sharon Miller, President, Friends of the Library
Marc A. Moyer, Supervisor, Township of Derry
John Rita – Chair
Bryn Mawr Trust Officers: (Non-voting)
Use of Endowment Funds
According to the Agreement of Trust, the principal is maintained in perpetuity with the income to be used for the Endowment’s stated purposes. A gift of $15,000 was made to the Capital Campaign for furnishings for the new facility, opened in 1997. After 30 years growth, the Endowment, more recently, has supported author visits, music events and service enhancements including:
- A Radio Frequency ID System, allowing self-checkout.
- New furniture and carpet in study areas creating private and quiet spaces.
- An Internet Switch expansion increased speed and access to online services.