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About Us

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.

You can make a difference now with your gift to the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation by mailing in a donation form that you can download here.  Alternatively, a one-time or recurring gift can easily be made online by using Network for Good.

rcarsonRichard Carson – President

Richard Carson has his MBA from Indiana University. He is a retired Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President of Finance for FFR Cooperative and SOYGENETICS, LLC. He is currently a member of the TCPL Friends Board of Directors.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

Piantek-Mary-L-9-23-13Mary Piantek – Vice President

Mary L. Piantek is an Executive Director for JPMorgan Chase Bank and has been in banking for over 20 years. A Purdue University graduate, she began her career with Bank One in Lafayette. She is a previous member of the Tippecanoe County Historical Foundation Board of Trustees and has donated volunteer time to the Hunger Hike and American Heart Walk.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

newsomChase Newsom – Treasurer

Chase Newsom, CFP® is a Senior Vice President/Financial Advisor with Stifel Nicolaus. Chase has 18 years of experience in the financial services industry. He received his bachelor’s degree from DePauw University. He is also an instructor at Ivy Tech Community College through their Department of Workforce and Economic Development. Chase lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, with his wife, Dana, and their five children.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

Dinah McClure - SecretaryDinah McClure – Member

Dinah McClure is Communication Specialist and Assistant to the Dean of the Purdue University College of Agriculture. She has held various positions at Purdue since 1980. She has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Tippecanoe County Public Library since 2002. Ms. McClure has participated in the Hunger Hike for many years and is a Read to Succeed volunteer at Klondike Elementary School.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      .

Prella McBride – Member

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:

2015 IRS 990

2014 IRS 990

Making a Gift

Making gifts to the library system is a tangible way to show appreciation for the materials, programs and services you have enjoyed over the years – and to see that they continue. Gifts to the Foundation are tax deductible. Your attorney, tax advisor or financial planner can explain how making a gift to our endowment fund can benefit you and the library.
Donation Form

Download Foundation gift form here.

Memorial Gifts

Download Memorial Gift form here.


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.

2017 – An Essay by Virginia Reichard

2016 – Wyandotte Branch Library Construction

2012 – The Portal Construction

2008 – Youth Room Renovation

2006 – Klondike Branch Library Construction

2005 – Downtown Library Renovation

2001 – Tippecanoe County/Ivy Tech Library Construction


Annual Appeal

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.

You can make a difference now with your gift to the Tippecanoe County Public Library Foundation by mailing in a donation form that you can download here.  Alternatively, a one-time or recurring gift can easily be made online by using Network for Good.