Foundation History

Giving has always been an integral part of the library’s history. Its very creation was made possible by a gift from Gov. Francis M. Drake in 1901. In order to maintain the quality of the services the library currently provides, additional funds are needed.

Throughout the years the operating expenses of the library have been generously cared for via public funds. However, more recently, public funds no longer even cover day-to-day expenses. So the library needs our donations just to remain open.

The Library Board established the Drake Public Library Foundation in January 2015. This 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt, charitable organization has the support of our library as its sole purpose. Its board is made up of local volunteers and all donations are tax-deductible. The foundation is set up to receive any bequests and other planned gifts. The most rewarding part of making a planned gift is the knowledge that generations of children and adults will be transformed by the library thanks to the resources you have accumulated during your lifetime.

Drake Public Library Foundation

For further information, please email: 
Drake Public Library Foundation

Director, Drake Public Library

115 Drake Avenue 
Centerville, IA 52544 
Fax: 641-856-6135

Direct immediate gifts and deferred contributions to:

Drake Public Library Foundation 
115 Drake Avenue 
Centerville, IA 52544

Gifts to the Drake Public Library Foundation may be assigned to:

* Endowment Fund 
* Restricted: Donor designates intent of gift 
* Non Restricted, for greatest need, and assigned by action of the Drake Public Library Foundation Board


Steve Hoch, 

Sherry Murphy, 
Vice President

Marijo Allen, 

Susan McDanel, 

Pete Schwaner

Elaine Schweizer

Dennis Beeson, 
Trustees Representative