The Hedberg Public Library has received a second $300,000 donation, bringing the total raised for library renovations to more than $1 million, according to a news release.
The Janesville Foundation, which made the most recent $300,000 pledge, is offering $200,000 of its donation as a matching gift, said Ron Ochs, foundation president.
“Any funds raised between Jan. 1 and July 1 of this year will be matched dollar for dollar,” he said in the release.
“We’re exceptionally grateful for the Janesville Foundation’s support, and we’ve already received our first match,” said Bryan McCormick, library director. “The Community Foundation of Southern Wisconsin’s Janesville Generations Fund has pledged $20,000 to our campaign. We hope this is the first of many matching gifts to help tip us over our total goal.”
Campaign co-chairs Jackie Wood, Phil Whitehead and Lisa Nackerud Ryan said the gifts add momentum and energy to the campaign. They hope others are inspired to donate, the release reads.
“It’s really an opportunity to, in a sense, double your donation,” said Whitehead. “It transforms your $1 into $2 through this matching gift, which makes it a great time to give.”
The money will go toward the library’s $1.7 million goal to renovate the library. Plans include an upgraded service desk, additional reading and meeting space, an expanded teen area, updated technology, and more.
The library in late December received a $300,000 donation from an anonymous family foundation.