The mission of the Indiana State Library Foundation is to serve the citizens of Indiana through the support, enhancement, and promotion of activities of the Indiana State Library, their programs and collections, and to aid in the development of programs benefiting individuals and libraries throughout the state.
In the spring of 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels signed Senate Bill 485 into law. The bill established the Indiana State Library Foundation as a nonprofit 501C(3) entity. This enabled the Foundation to solicit and accept tax-deductible contributions. Prior to that time, gifts and bequests to the library were held in trust by the State of Indiana until such time that the funds were transferred to the Indiana State Library Foundation to act as stewards of the money and to disperse the funds according to the donor’s intent.
Currently, the eight-person Board of Directors composed of community leaders from throughout the state, act as the stewards of the funds and work to raise funds to enhance the ability of the Foundation to make a difference in the lives of Indiana residents.