Massena Public Library gets permanent endowment with NNY Community Foundation
Tuesday, October 8, 2019 - 1:27 pm

The Massena Public Library Board of Trustees recently approved the creation of an endowment fund and partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation. From left, Patricia Ryan, library trustee; Linda McDonald, library trustee; Joseph Savoca, library trustee; and Elaine Dunne-Thayer, Massena Public Library director. Photo from Northern New York Community Foundation.

MASSENA -- The Massena Public Library recently agreed to long-term partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation for the establishment of a permanent endowment fund.

The endowment provides past, present and future library donors and supporters with a charitable giving option to enhance the library’s work now and in the future. Library officials hope to build the endowment over time, which will help support and strengthen the organization’s programs, initiatives and operations.

“Massena Public Library is very pleased to partner with the Northern New York Community Foundation,” said Elaine Dunne Thayer, Massena Public Library director. “This partnership allows us to invest in the future of Massena Public Library and contribute toward the greater good of the Massena community and the future of the North Country.”

More than 150 nonprofit organizations in Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence counties have created an endowment or charitable fund with the Community Foundation designed to advance the organization’s purpose and work for the future. Massena Public Library joins a diverse number of St. Lawrence County organizations demonstrating a commitment to long-term sustainability through a Community Foundation partnership.

“As the Community Foundation continues to make investments in the people and places of Massena and St. Lawrence County, it is an honor for us to partner with organizations such as the Massena Public Library that share our common desire for more vibrant and enriched communities,” said Rande Richardson, Community Foundation executive director. “This will also enable us to find additional ways to assist them in the stewardship of their important work and mission.”

Nonprofit organizations such as libraries, churches, schools, museums, human service agencies and others have formed partnerships with the Community Foundation to create an option that encourages charitable giving in perpetuity, including 49 in St. Lawrence County.

To learn more about the Massena Public Library Endowment Fund, or opportunities to create nonprofit partnerships, contact Max DelSignore at 315-782-7110 or [email protected].