Galesburg Community Foundation has announced that it is providing a generous challenge grant to the Galesburg Public Library Foundation for its ‘Building a Library – Connecting a Community’ campaign.  This grant exemplifies the work that the Galesburg Community Foundation is best known for – strategic thinking to build bridges between donors and non-profit organizations.

”The Board of Directors and staff are excited about our ability to assist the library with this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to raise the private funds needed to bring 15.3 million dollars into the community for a new library in Galesburg,” said Joshua Gibb, Galesburg Community Foundation’s President and CEO.

The Community Foundation’s 2:1 match grant opportunity was created to inspire the entire community. For every $2.00 donated through September 30, 2022, the Community Foundation will match an additional $1.00 up to $350,000, giving the Library Foundation an opportunity to raise a total of $1,050,000. This total amount will provide the much-needed Community Room in the new library. The Community Room will be the Community’s Gathering Place, an important multi-purpose room for welcoming everyone to the Library.

To date, the Library Foundation Campaign Committee has raised almost $2,100,000 of the $3,750,000 goal. This includes a grant of $775,000 from the City of Galesburg to fund state-of-the-art technology in the new library. “We deeply appreciate the City’s commitment to this project which will impact Galesburg’s future,” said Martin Reichel, a community leader who has been involved in the library project since it began.

The Galesburg Community Foundation’s match grant officially launches the “Building a Library – Connecting a Community’ campaign. “Gifts given specifically for the Community Room will be recognized there forever; it is a wonderful way for everyone in the community to come together,” said Heather Sipes, Galesburg Public Library Foundation’s Executive Director.

This matching grant gives the campaign a unique opportunity to approach all segments of the community. “We hope that everyone will participate, exemplifying the community spirit intended by this grant,” said Library Director Noelle Thompson.

For additional information, contact Heather Sipes, Galesburg Library Foundation‘s Executive Director 

Information about donating can be found by visiting this LINK

About Galesburg Community Foundation

Galesburg Community Foundation develops and supports the efforts of local people and organizations to promote healthy communities. The Community Foundation makes giving easy and believes that generosity can positively change Knox and Warren Counties forever. The Community Foundation partners with individuals, families, businesses and nonprofits to help them have the greatest impact with their giving. The Community Foundation is working for the good of your community. Learn more at

About Galesburg Public Library and the GPL Foundation

The Galesburg Public Library Foundation partners with the Galesburg Public Library to strengthen its services so that all residents have the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.

The new library will be an integral part of a revised Galesburg. It will be an economic development tool – offering businesses an incentive to invest here and people a reason to live in our community. More than 600 people use the library every day now; studies show that this number will increase dramatically in the new building. Learn more about the building and the campaign at

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