Mortimer F. Reynolds founded the Reynolds Library in 1884 to provide free library services to the Rochester community. In 1936, the materials from the Reynolds Library were merged with those of the Rochester Public Library in the newly constructed Rundel Memorial Building.
The Mortimer F. Reynolds Society honors the memory of Reynolds’ love of books and respect for the learning tradition in Rochester. The Society was established to recognize donors who have included Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library in their wills or estate plans and have made gifts to the FFRPL endowment fund. Gifts from Reynolds Society members help the Library meet the challenge of providing quality service for future generations. Gifts to Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library through bequests and estate plans will be added to the FFRPL endowment fund.
While support of the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library’s annual, capital and special project campaigns is integral to the well being of the Library, a way to permanently benefit the Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County is through a gift to the FFRPL’s endowment.
Endowment funds are invested and the principal is left untouched. Income from the endowment allows the Library to provide services not covered in the annual operating budget. Gifts to the FFRPL’s endowment can be made in many different way, including:
All of these gifts may be designated as unrestricted (any amount) or restricted ($10,000 or greater). If you are planning to restrict your gift for a special purpose, you are invited to consult with staff at FFRPL to assure that your objectives can be met.
Over the years, the generosity of individuals and families has led to the creation of a variety of funds held by the Friends & Foundation of the Rochester Public Library that are used for a wide range of purposes for the Rochester Public Library.
To give a gift today, complete ‘Endowment Funds Supporting Special Library Projects’ form and mail to: FFRPL 115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604.
To create a new fund, please contact FFRPL Executive Director Ned Davis at 585-428-8321 or Ned.Davis@libraryweb.org. The funds are under three categories: Programs & Services, Special Projects, and Supplemental Materials & Equipment, as shown below:
Programs & Services:
Albert O. Fenyvessy Fund for Branch Libraries
Established September 2008
For supporting the operations of the branch libraries of the Rochester Public Library
Anthony Mascioli Revocable Trust
Established April 2015
For educational and cultural activities and programs
Chester F. Carlson Patent & Trademark Center
Established July 2009
For activities in the Chester F. Carlson Patent & Trademark Center at Central Library
Friends of the Rochester Public Library Legacy Fund
Established July 2012
For signature programs started by the Friends of the Rochester Public Library
George R. Parsons Jr. Fund for Branch Libraries
Established November 1999
For programs for children, youth and families in Rochester Public Library branch libraries
Harold Hacker Fund for the Advancement of Libraries
Established October 2006
To further education for librarians and library staff with training provided by Rochester Regional
Library Council; and to further innovative library projects and programs at Rochester Regional Library Council member libraries and the Monroe County Library and Pioneer Library Systems and their member libraries.
Irving L. Kessler, Esq. Fund in Memory of Rose & Max Kessler
Established November 2011
For programs & services of the Rochester Public Library and Outreach & Extension Services
Sharon & Ron Salluzzo Fund for Librarians Serving Children & Teens
Established October 2016
For continuing education for Monroe County Library System librarians providing Youth Services to children and teens
Equality Fund for Humanity &Enlightenment
Established November 2017
The income from the fund will be used for library resources, programs and materials, in pursuit of
a world free of discrimination, to promote education and equality of opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, queer, intersex, asexual (LGBTQIA) people, especially those who intersect with any or all of the following: youth, impoverished people, feminists, people of color, immigrants and all members of the public who wish to educate themselves regarding the above people. All resources, programs and materials are to be secular in point of view, and materials and resources in the sciences or social sciences must be based on research conducted using the scientific method.
Stephan & Mary Clarke Fund for Digitization & Preservation of Genealogical Records
Established November 2016
For the digitization and preservation of genealogical research materials
Rochester Public Library Historical Preservation Fund
Established June 2009
For the benefit of the library preservation & digitization
Supplemental Materials & Equipment:
Edna & Kenneth Kroll Fund for Library Audio-Visual Equipment
Established August 2017
For audio visual equipment for the Reynolds Media Center and related departments
Frances Weis Holtzman Fund for Literature & Poetry
Established November 2004
For poetry and English literature books and materials for Central Library
Kate Gleason History Fund
Established April 1996
For support of history and local history divisions
Kusler-Cox Fund for Outreach
Established May 2015
For library activities for the visually impaired, in part through the work of the Outreach & Extension Division of Central Library
Myles Yerden Fund for Outreach & Extension Services
Established April 2007
For support of the Rochester Public Library Outreach & Extension Division
Robert & Georgianna Becker Fund for Local History in Memory of Walter F. Becker
Established December 2015
For upkeep and enhancement of equipment in the Walter F. Becker Center of Central Library’s Local History & Genealogy Division
Ruby M. Jefferson Memorial Book Fund
Established May 2011
For books for elementary school age children in the City of Rochester, in order to promote literacy and build the self-esteem of elementary school students.
Sybil S. Craig Fund for International Relations
Established January 2011
For books (hard copy or electronic), periodicals and scholarly journals dealing with international relations and world affairs at Central Library
Toy Resource Center – Toy Library Fund
Established February 2000
For borrowing toys at no cost by using a library card
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 20 Fund For the Vietnam Learning Center at Central Library
Established December 2008
For material related to the Vietnam War era and the Vietnam Learning Center in the Science & History Division of Central Library
William Brewster Lee Fund for Humor In Our Lives
Established February 2006
For library books and materials with a humorous theme pertinent to the varied subject matter in the
Central Library divisions
William E. Beeney Fund for Children’s Books & Programs
Established in March 1999
For the purchase of children’s books and children’s programming
Our most recent 990 annual financial report may be obtained here, or from the NYS Charities Bureau, 120 Broadway, 3rd Floor,New York, NY 10271 or online from www.charitiesnys.com by searching for our tax ID number: 16-1347453.