Both Olathe libraries will be closed Sunday, May 27 and Monday, May 28 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. Enjoy the long weekend!
The Olathe Public Library Foundation is a component fund of the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation, established for the purpose of enhancing facilities, providing books, and adding other services for the Olathe Public Library System.
Public funds make libraries possible, but it is private gifts that make them flourish. The Olathe Public Library Foundation was established to ensure the library system remains a vital community resource.
The foundation's purpose is to provide a long-term supplemental funding program to assist in providing those services not available through traditional tax-base funding.
Donations are invested and the interest is used for the benefit of the library system. Foundation contributions may result in funds to offset some of the costs of library system automation, expansion of reference and circulating collections, programming, and assistance for the disabled.
The following grants will be used in 2018:
There are numerous ways to make a contribution to the foundation:
Contributions can be made payable to the Olathe Public Library Foundation and mailed along with the donor form to 201 E. Park, Olathe, KS 66061.
The IRS recognizes the Olathe Public Library Foundation as a 501(c)(3) organization, making all charitable gifts to the foundation tax deductible to the extent provided by law.
Your contribution is important! Continuing contributions are necessary to assist the library system in achieving excellence. A gift to the foundation is a gift of knowledge to the community.
Olathe resident Cliff Tatham served for many years on the Olathe Public Library Board. Cliff and his wife, Elaine, felt the need to provide funding for the library programs that would not exist without private donations. In 2000, Cliff started a community wide fundraising campaign to provide funding for these programs. Their initial campaign was to raise $10,000 which would be matched by a $10,000 donation from him and Elaine. Being just shy of this goal, he approached R. R. Osborne, who gave the foundation $10,000. In 2002, the R. R. Osborne estate gave the foundation $100,000 and the foundation gave its first grant of $20,000 to the library for the establishment of the music CD collection at both library locations.
The foundation held its first “A Taste of Literacy” dinner in the fall of 2003. The dinner serves to thank donors and raise awareness about the library and its needs. Annual fundraising has been successful and has added to the foundation’s largesse. The foundation continues to be administered by the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation and has proven to be a good partnership. Library grants to enhance library services have been announced in the fall of each year and distributed at the start of the following year.
In 2016, the foundation received a gift from the estate of Olathe resident Maron Moore. A total of $281,250 was deposited in the foundation’s account without fanfare or publicity. The foundation is very grateful to Maron for the quiet but generous gesture on her part and her estate. Co-founder Cliff Tatham, after many years of service to the library, passed away in March of 2017. Memorial donations were received for the foundation. The 2017 “A Taste of Literacy” was dedicated in his honor and a proclamation from Olathe’s mayor spotlighted Cliff’s longtime work for the library and financial support thereof.