Funding for the McAuliffe project came from three sources: the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, the Town of Framingham, and fundraising.
The Foundation raised $600,000 from corporate and individual donors and presented a check to the town for that amount to help fund the new McAuliffe Branch Library.
McAuliffe Branch Library Funding Sources
|State grant||$4.2 M|
|Town funding||$3.8 M|
|Initial fundraising goal||$0.6 M|
|Total (land & building)||$8.6 M|
Engraved Bricks Fundraising
The FPLF’s drive to raise funds for brick patios in front of the new McAuliffe Branch was a great success. For the first one the Foundation sold 639 personally engraved bricks, so many the patio had to be enlarged. Messages included: memorials to parents, friends, and grandparents; smart quotes; a number of jokes; and dedications to friends, children, grandchildren, and even pets.
When people kept asking if it was too late to buy a brick after the construction deadline had passed, the Foundation decided to put in a second patio. Brick purchases for that patio (sales closed in September 2016) reached 220. The aim is to have the new patio installed by the end of 2016.