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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.

Chase Newsom – President

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.

Prella McBride – Vice-President

Rita Smith – Treasurer

Retired as manager of the Lafayette Region of the Private Wealth division of First Merchants Bank. She resides in West Lafayette with her husband Jay.

Steve Bultinck 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:

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
Memorial Gifts

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

2017 – An Essay by Virginia Reichard (The Virginia and Hugo Reichard Family Youth Reading Lounge, Wyandotte Branch)

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.