Who We Are
Moments in the History of Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation
- August 1991: Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation applied to be a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable non-profit organization.
- September 11, 1991: The foundation held its first fundraiser, the Authors & Illustrators Dinner.
- September 26, 1991: Funding began for the foundation's first library program, R.E.A.D.
- November 20, 1991: The foundation officially received 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable non-profit organization status from the IRS.
- May 30, 1992: The first Friends Fair connected library supporters throughout the district.
- April 10, 1996: The foundation funded prizes for the first Teen Summer Reading Program.
- February 2000: The Wilma E. Olsen Estate bequeathed assets worth more than $150,000 to benefit Goldendale Community Library as part of an overall estate plan created by Wilma and her husband, Ort.
- March 2001: The foundation received the first disbursement from the Dorsey S. Lewis Estate. Mr. Lewis, a frequent library patron before his death in 1998, made an unrestricted bequest that brought the total assets of the foundation to more than $1 million.
- June 28, 2001: The library district's 50th Anniversary Celebration fundraising dinner, Golden History, Future Prospects, was held at Pearson Air Museum.
- November 5, 2001: Rick Smithrud began work as the foundation's first paid employee, serving as foundation director.
- 2003: FVRL funded a satellite collection of young adult books at Clark County's Juvenile Detention Center. In 2004, teens at this center finished with the second highest fulfillment rate of any group participating in the Teen Summer Reading Program.
- February 2004: An anonymous bequest, which eventually totaled $1,017,000, was made to FVRL Foundation.
- March 2004: Margaret McQuarrie left a $114,690 bequest to the Woodland Community Library, where she used to walk to from her home regularly to borrow books and visit friends.
- May 8, 2004: La Center Community Library held its grand opening. Friends of the Library and private donors had raised $1.3 million to relocate and renovate a historic hospital building to use as the new, state-of-the-art library.
Since its inception, FVRL Foundation has raised nearly $5 million to support programs and services of FVRL District. From creating the Early Learning Program, to expanding the books on CD collection in 2001, to bringing nationally known authors to our community, FVRL Foundation has helped the library undertake special projects and services not otherwise possible.