Welcome! If you are already a donor THANK YOU!
The Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. We oversee an endowment fund, mostly gifts and grants from loyal library supporters. Our library operates through public support, but we also rely upon private support and donations. Gifts to the Foundation provide the independent financial resources we need to ensure a strong, stable library system – now and for future generations.
Chase Newsom – President
Chase Newsom, CFP® is a Financial Advisor in the Lafayette, IN office of Merrill Lynch. Chase has been in the financial services industry for 25 years. Chase and his wife Dana have five children. He is a graduate of DePauw University.
Prella McBride – Vice-President
Rita Smith – Treasurer
Rita Smith is a community representative of the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation Board. She is a retired Private Wealth Advisor for First Merchants Bank with a long history of volunteer service to several nonprofit organizations in the Greater Lafayette area. She currently serves as Treasurer of the Foundation. Rita is a graduate of Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette with her husband Jay.
Steve Bultinck – Secretary
Nick Fetchina – Friend’s Liaison
Nicholas (Nick) Fetchina is the Friends of the Tippecanoe County Public Library representative on the Foundation. He is a retired senior tax auditor for the Indiana Department of Revenue where he worked for 40 years. Since retirement, he volunteers as Finance Chair for his church and prepare taxes for AARP tax aide. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Indiana State University and lives in Lafayette with his wife.
The Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation, Inc.
IRS Form 990, “Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax”, is submitted by tax-exempt organizations. The Form 990 provides the public with financial information about a given organization.
The Foundation’s 990s are available as downloadable pdf files:
Making a Gift
Past Gifts and Campaigns
Real-life stories and successful projects are the best way to illustrate how the foundation uses your gifts and the interest earned over the last 20 years. Please take a few minutes and read how $1.6 million in foundation funds enriched customer experiences and library services.
2020 – Wea Prairie Branch Library Construction
If you are new to our annual appeal, the library foundation organizes a once-a-year request for individual and corporate gifts. The process starts by determining a critical need. You may view past annual appeals below.