The Kent Free Library Foundation is a non-profit organization incorporated under Ohio law in 1977. The Foundation is classified as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, charitable organization formed solely to benefit the Kent Free Library and to handle memorials, gifts, and to hold and maintain real and personal property. As such all contributions made to the Foundation are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

Over the years, the Foundation has served as a mechanism to stabilize library funding, acquire property to benefit Kent Free Library, and assist with funding for construction of library projects. In addition, the Foundation routinely supports programs for the Youth and Adult Services departments, including the Summer Reading Program in partnership with the Kent Kiwanis. Funding for all refreshments, special craft supplies, honorariums for speakers, performer fees and prizes for library contests are provided by the Foundation.

Foundation Board of Directors
A Board of Directors manages and governs the Kent Free Library Foundation. The Library Director serves on the board. The Foundation works in collaboration with the library’s Board of Trustees in their efforts to support and maintain the excellence of library services to the community.

Current Directors:
Charles Zumkehr, President
Iris Meltzer, Vice-President
Jim Bear, Treasurer
Stacey Richardson, Secretary
Asad Khan
John Ryan

A gift to the Kent Free Library Foundation is an excellent way to ensure quality library services for the residents of Kent and Portage County. The library’s tradition of excellence in programming, collections and services is a tribute to the generosity and support of the community. For more information about giving opportunities please contact the Kent Free Library Foundation at 330.676.0436.