The Durham Library Foundation Board of Directors has developed investment strategies to maximize restricted gifts for long-term benefits to the library. As of June 30, 2021, the Foundation had over 5 million dollars under management. Investment income provides money for library projects and programs not available in the county budget.


  • NEH Humanities Endowment
  • Semans Humanities Endowment
  • C. M. Herndon Humanities Endowment
  • BP-Family Fare Humanities Endowment Fund
  • E.T. Rollins, Jr. and Frances P. Rollins Humanities Endowment


  • The Andrew Goodridge Memorial Endowment Fund
  • Dale Gaddis Endowment Fund for Youth Services


  • GSK Literacy Endowment
  • Timmins Endowment for Summer Reading
  • Friends of the Durham Library (Youth 1-18)
  • Kiwanis Endowment for Children’s Programs


  • Mary Louise Vincent Back Memorial Endowment
  • Barada-Noell Family Endowment for Large Print Books and Audio Books
  • Friends of the Durham Library (EZ Readers)
  • Fox Family Foundation Endowment
  • Odile Alloin Gould Endowment for Children’s Literacy
  • The Jonathan Henderson Memorial Endowment

Special Collections

  • The Willis P. and Leona P. Whichard Endowment for the North Carolina Collection


  • Merle D. Umstead Endowment Fund for Outreach


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