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The MCPL Foundation

Marathon County Public Library Foundation logo

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The mission of the Marathon County Public Library Foundation is to support and enhance the libraries of Marathon County and the services they provide. (Adopted 11/14/1996.)


Develop a public relations program for Marathon County residents to:

  • Define the role and purpose of the MCPL Foundation.
  • Communicate information about available library resources and services.
  • Promote broad support for our libraries.

Establish an endowment to:

  • Enhance library services.
  • Augment library resources.
  • Contribute to capital improvements.

Foundation Board Members

  • Suzanne O’Neill J.D., President (Term 5/19; 2nd term)
  • Pam Kolasinski, Vice President (Term 5/18; 1st term)
  • Kevin Terry J.D., Secretary (Term 5/20; 1st term)
  • Nicole Dunbar, Treasurer (Term 5/20; 1st term)
  • Joan Cohen, (Term 5/19; 2nd term)
  • Lisa Hamilton (Term 5/19; 1st term)
  • Mary Coates (Term 5/20; 1st term)
  • Ralph Illick, Ex Officio

The Work of the MCPL Foundation

How has the Foundation met its goals?

  • The Foundation board raised funds for the 1995 expansion of the library's Wausau Headquarters. This funding made possible the addition of the third floor.

  • To enhance the library's services, the Foundation began the process of endowment-building in 1998. Interest from the endowment is allocated for special projects.

How have the funds raised enriched the library's services?

  • The Foundation supported the annual Marathon County READS program 2002 through 2010.

  • The Foundation provided funds for the Re-imagination Project which made possible the 2008 expansion and improvement of the TeenZone at the Wausau Headquarters.

Ways To Give

The MCPL Foundation raises funds to support the library via direct donations and mail campaigns. You may donate online or print and send a paper donation form. Requests for funding are sent in spring and fall to past and potential donors. To be placed on the list, call 715-261-7200.

Contact the Foundation

  • Address: MCPL Foundation, 300 N. 1st Street, Wausau WI 54403
  • Phone: 715-261-7200 | Email: Online Form (c/o MCPL Foundation)


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