RPL Foundation

In the late 1990s, the Reading Public Library Board of Trustees envisioned creating a foundation to raise money to overcome the “chronic shortage” of funding RPL faced. The Board treasurer at that time, Gerald Sigal, sent a letter to the Mayor of Reading, Paul Angstadt, suggesting the creation of such a foundation and including a draft of by-laws. The Board’s goal was to create an organization of new RPL supporters who would be successful at raising money for the worthy cause.

The express purpose of the planned RPL Foundation was to receive and care for “a fund or funds” which would provide income “to maintain, develop, increase, and extend the collection of the Reading Public Library.”

On July 16, 1996, the Articles of Incorporation for the RPL Foundation were filed, and the trustees of the Foundation met for the first time on November 18, 1996. The seven original trustees elected Gerald P. Segal as the first president of the organization, and the Foundation received 501©3 tax exempt status from the IRS in 1997. Since that time the Foundation has been a lifeline for the Library on many occasions and remains a stalwart mainstay in difficult financial times.