Powering the legacy and future of our award-winning public library
Members of the Leadership Circle anchor the partnership between Friends, the community, and the San Francisco Public Library. They believe in the value of the library as a democratic institution of free access to resources for everyone. They invest in the public/private partnership that has worked for 60 years to fortify the resilient library we have today.
Leadership Circle donor commitments between $5,000 and $49,999 make up 33% of donations given to Friends annually. These members inspire thousands of donors to participate at all levels.
"...inspire thousands of donors to participate at all levels."
“I give to Friends of the SFPL because we need our libraries now more than ever - they not only lift us up with stories, they are community anchors that bring us together and local economic engines that enable people to apply to college, find jobs, secure government benefits, and gain the skills they need to move forward. The wide-ranging, positive impact our neighborhood libraries have on all of us cannot be understated.”
– Alissa Lee
A Legacy of Library Excellence
There are many ways to join the Leadership Circle. We welcome a personal discussion to talk about your interests. Members make their gifts in several ways, including Donor Advised Funds (DAFs), direct cash, stock gifts, Qualified Charitable Contributions (QCDs), and online donations through our web portal. We welcome you to contact Henry Smith, Gifts Officer at 415.477.5227 or email Henry.Smith@friendssfpl.org.
“Our children began attending “Baby Rhyme Time” at the Library when they were just a few months old. Surrounded by books, music, and the diverse families that comprise our neighborhood, our son and daughter began their lives with a sense of joy around learning. But libraries are about so much more than our own family. Libraries are democracy, equity, and inclusion; they help to bridge the digital divide; and they provide shared public space that helps to anchor our community. As investors in and advocates for the library, Friends is critical to making our library system one of the best in the world.”
- Sarah Ives
Members of the Leadership Circle
$25,000 - $49,999
William and Ruth Isenberg
Daniel Handler and Lisa Brown
California State Library
Sarah Jones and Jason Jones
Sheri Sobrato and Eric Brisson
Cota Capital Management
The Fisher Family
$10,000 - $24,999
Anne R. Blackman
Helen E. Land
Nion McEvoy and Leslie Berriman
Dodge & Cox
Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation
Paul S. Nadler Charitable Trust
Matt Rubens and Devon Watts
Mark and Clare Schmehl
William G. Gilmore Foundation
$5,000 - $9,999
Frey Family Fund
Lisa and Douglas Goldman Fund
Jared Brubaker and Leslie Harlson
Roberts Family Charitable Fund
Warren and Karen Bird
Bland Family Foundation
Matthew and Margot Kenaston
Michael Linn and Cheryl Frank
Margaret C. Hauben
Chronicle Books, Inc.
Carl Kaufman and Martha Angove
Diane Gibson and Lawrence Bazel
Mr. Alexander Maisin
Susan Goldstein and Andrew Kivel
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz and Gary Pomerantz
Ms. Fuller and Mr. Bivins
Arthur Rock and Toni Rembe Rock
Based on gifts made between January and December 2022.