Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library. The only entrance requirement is interest.
— Lady Bird Johnson, former First Lady

Seedlings foundation has set an ambitious community goal:
a matching challenge gift of $250,000

The success of our campaign depends on you. Donations, big and small, will help us bring the New Stetson Library to life and help grow our endowment, building a strong future of the New Haven Free Public Library system.

Community participation in this fundraising effort is critical. And, thanks to the generosity of one of the library's most committed supporters, you can double the impact of your donation.

If we can raise $250,000 from members of the New Haven community, these gifts will be matched—dollar for dollar—to help us achieve our $2 million fundraising goal. Matching funds do not apply to donations from large foundations or corporations, so we are asking you to step up and take advantage of this opportunity to support Stetson Library.

Donations of $50 to $10,000 are eligible for the match.
Every challenge donor will be recognized in this campaign.


Thank you to our Community Challenge Donors:

Gretchen and Charles Kingsley
Sean C. Koehler
William Konigsberg and Paulette Cohen
Susan Laity
Barbara Lamb
Betty Lambe
The Ethel & Abe Lapides Foundation
Paula Lathrop
Loan Le
Mary Lee
James and Carolyn Lewis
Lore Lichtenberg
Susan Lincoln
Ada Lomax
Long Wharf Theatre
State Senator Martin Looney
Thomas LoRicco
Nina Kadan Lottick
Patricia Loving
Reeva Lynes
Sandra Malmquist
Louis Mangini
Dr. Cindy Mann
Alder Adam Marchand
David Margolis
Delores Marshall
Maya Martindale
Richard and Jeanne Martorana
Rory Martorana
Lynne Maser
Yaira Matyakubova and Andrius Zlabys
Ginger May
Reginald and Patsy Mayo
Courtney McCarroll
Milda McClain
Miriam McCrary
Paul McCraven
Linda McLaughlin
Tiffanie McMillan
Crystal Lynn McPhail
Amy Meyers
Daniel Mims
Bryana Minor
Jacqueline Montclair
Eleanor Montgomery
Mary Ann Moran
Michael Morand and Wm. Frank Mitchell
Maria Morris
Kirk Morrison
Mount Hope Temple UHCA Inc.
Morris Moveland
Charles Murphy
George Musgrove
Taura Musgrove
Music Haven
Shannon Mykins
NAACP of Greater New Haven
Laurence Nadel and Susan Bryson
Judith Naden
James Najarian
National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Delta Phi Chapter
Raymond Nelson
Alina Nevins
New Haven Chapter of The Links, Inc.
New Haven Federation of Teachers
New Haven Girlfriends
New Haven Guardians
New Haven Homeboys
New Haven Public Schools Student Councils
New Haven Symphony Orchestra
David Newton
Julia Nicefaro
Candice Norcott
Althea Norcott
Tiffany Norcott Snowhite
Daryl Norcott
David Norman-Schiff
Judy Nugent and Drew McDermott
Clara Ogbaa
Sara Ohly
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. Chi Omicron Chapter
Maryann Ott
William Outlaw
Susan Papa and David Schatz
Jan Parker
Valerie Parks
William Patton
Becky Paugh
Richard Pearce
Alexis Perkins
Daniel Perkins and Beverly Gage
Diane Petaway
William C. Petty III Trust
Carolyn Pilkington
Charlie Pillsbury and Allie Perry
Elana Ponet
John Porto
Angela and William Powers
Joyce Pritchett
Raymond Pugliese Ed. D
Henry Putzel III
Quarry Hill Fund
Siobhan Quinlan
Quota International of New Haven
Jacqueline Randolph
Red Hat Sisters
Regional Water Authority
Jock Reynolds and Suzanne Hellmuth
William and Sandra Richards
Townsend Richards
Stanley Riveles
Helen Robinson
Claudette Robinson-Thorpe
Helena Rogers
Malcom and Susan Rogers
Carol Ross
Jessica Rostow
Abigail Roth and Lee Stump
Nancy Ruddle
Maria Rysz
Tori and Ronnie Rysz
Marion Sachdeva
Alberto Sanchez
Denise Santisteban
Mary Ellen Savage
Barbara and Michael Schaffer
The Schaffer Family
Anne Schenck
Judith Schiff
Marna Schneid
Shana Schneider
School Administrators Association
James and Barbara Segaloff
Shaftel Family Foundation
Sandra Shaner
Paula Shemitz
Boris Sigal
Robert Silverstein and Aileen Reynolds
Mark and Andrea Sklar
Brian Slattery
William and Elizabeth Sledge
Amy Slonim
Angela Smith
Mamie Smith
Sound School
Brett Spearman
Margaret Spillane
Springs of Life-Giving Water Church
William Spruill Jr.
Deborah Stanley
START Community Bank
Aleta Staton
Stetson Book Club
Alex Sulpasso and Karla Lindquist
Leonardo Suzio
Jeanette Sykes
Pat Syvertsen
Sandra Taylor
Linda Texeira
Cynthia Texeira
Brian Texeira
Tracey Thomas
James and Deborah Thomas
Gregory Thompkins
Toni Thorpe
Barbara Tinney
Gary Tinney
Margaret Anne Tockarshewsky
Anne Tofflemire and James Bundy
Walterine Tolson
David and Lisa Totman
Allen Townsend and Scott Rumage
Vaunaella Tucker
Fred Tucker
Maria Tupper
Nathan Utrup
Mark and Carolyn Vanacore
Varick Memorial AME Zion Church
Francesca Vignola
Donna Violante
Daniel and Carol Wade
Charles and Diana Wakerley
Patricia Wallace
Douglas and Angela Wardlow
Marcia Watts
Jean Webb
Susan Weisselberg
Paul Wessel
The West Family
Susan Whetstone
Per and Elaine Wickstrom
Kathleen Williams
Alexander Wilson
Annick Winokur
Anders Winroth
Andrew Wolf
Livingston and Amy Wormley
Howard Wright
Walter Wright
Yale New Haven Health
Tim Yergeau
John Yopp
Diane Young Turner
George Zdru
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Phi Delta Zeta Chapter
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Pi Lambda Zeta Chapter
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Mark Abraham
Daisy Abreu
Brenda Adams
Albertus Magnus College
Marcia Aleksunes
Nancy Alexander
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Theta Epsilon Omega Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Tau Xi Omega Chapter
The Amistad Committee
Susan Anderson
Lauren Anderson and Chris Barnard
Allan Appel
Catharine Arnold
William Aseltyne and Jeff Stryker
Cynthia and Dana Astmann
Harold and Janis Attridge
The Avangrid Foundation
Walter Bailey
Sandra Baird
Ray Baldelli
Steven Barasz
Helen Barnard
Beverly Barnes
Paul and Carole Bass
Emily Bazelon and Paul Sabin
Anne Olcott and Robert Beech
Joseph Bella
Julia Berger
Johannes and Harriet Bergmann
Rita Berkson
Sarah Berry
James and Kavita Bhandary-Alexander
Bible Gospel Center
Dennis and Janis Bisio
Lauren Bisio and Philip Boulanger
Elsie Blackshear
Frank and Tina Blackshear
Nannnearl Blackshear
Cyrus Blackshear
Dwight Blackshear
Allen Blakely
Maxine Bleiweis
Annalisa Boerner
Lou Ann Bohman
Marna Borgstrom
Wojtek Borowski
Edward Bottomley and Thomas Griggs, Jr.
Susan Boulanger and Robert Eagan
Robert and Kathleen Bradley
Rochelle Bradley
Pamela Branch
Lisa Brandes and Scott McLean
Thomas Breen
Jennifer Briggs
Jay and Grace Bright
Stephanie Brogan
Martha and James Brogan
Sahar and Josiah Brown
Katurah Bryant
Anne Burns
Donna Cable
Pat Cabral
Hon. Guido Calabresi and Mrs. Anne Calabresi
Jill Campbell
Melissa Canham-Clyne
Chris and Priscilla Canny
Robert Caplan
Marianne Carolla
Jennifer Carroll
Matthew Cascella
Darlene Castillo
Elsie Chapman
Stanley Chetkowski
Christian Tabernacle Baptist Church
Frances Clark
Sandra Clark
Wendy Clarke
William Clay and Simone Howe
Constance Clement
Frank Cochran and Stephanie FitzGerald
Lois Cody
Julie Cohen
Liza Comita
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Community/Neighborhood Development Consultants
Connecticut Council of Deliberation
Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School
Jane Snell Copes
Jane Coppock
Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center
Gloristine Cotten-Reid
Patricia Cramer
Claire Criscuolo
Cynthia Cross
Moore Crossey
Lee Cruz
Phyllis Cummings Texeira
Gail Curran
The DCJ Charitable Trust
Matthew Desfosses
Francine Detmer
Fran DeToro and James Cohen
Dixwell Avenue United Church of Christ
Joy Donaldson
John Donatich
Leslie Douglas-Churchwell
Adrianne Douglas
William and Diane Dow
Patrick Dunn
Rosie Edwards
Michael and Ilona Emmerth
Justin Elicker
Charles Ellis and Linda Lorimer
Walter and Sharyn Esdaile
Carlah Esdaile-Bragg
Sandra Fagan
Laura Fawcett
Alden Ferro and Richard Luedeman
Richard Fierberg and Ella Calcote
The Fire Bird Society
First Baptist Church of Milford
Helene Fitch
Jewel Fitch
Bradley Fleming
Ben Florsheim
Nelson Ford
Susan Forster
Edward Fortes
Brenda Foskey-Cyrus
Jeffie Frazier
Friendship Missionary Baptist Church
Roslyn Freeman
Freetown-New Haven Sister Cities
Betty Frost
John Gaddis and Toni Dorfman
Dolores Garcia-Blocker
Ife Michelle Gardin
Patricia Garland
Lonnie Garris
Gateway Community College Foundation
Shelley and Gordon Geballe
Robert and Sandra Gibson
Ms. Joanna Gibson
Andrew Giering
Walter Goffart
Lindy Lee Gold
Delilah Gomes
Goodcopy Visual Communications
Linda Goodman
Patrick Gore
Jason and Katherine Gove
Theodora Graham
Thelma Grant
Graustein Memorial Fund
Greater Dwight Development Corporation
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
Greater New Haven Coalition for People
L. Michael Griffel
Rev. Bonita Grubbs
Barbara Guarniere
Gail Hall
Roslyn Hamilton-McGraw
Wendeline Hardenberg
Djana Harp
Reynaud Harp
Mayor's Fund for Youth & Seniors, Mayor Toni Harp
Harris & Tucker School
Thomas and Sharon Haskell
Patricia Helm
Ruth Henderson
Tricia Hetherington
Hill Regional Career High School
Howard K. Hill Funeral Services
Kathryn Hill
Robert Hill
James Hillhouse High School
Hillhouse Class of 2007
Jane Hindenlang
Richard and Rosalind Hinman
Cynthia Hobbs
Lisa R. Hopkins
Geoffrey Hotz
James Huckabey
Mae Huckaby
Joan Huggins-Banbury
Bill and Angela Hundley
The Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut, Inc.
Marie Inzero
Ion Bank Foundation
The Ip-Clark-Onorato Family
Fannie Jackson
Mandi Jackson
Debra James
Jesus Stands for Love and Justice Ministry
Jane Jervis
Sheila Stiles Jewell
Erika and John Jessen
Glenn and Janie Johnson
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Michele Johnson
Matt and Elin Jokl
The Jokl Family
Brooke Jones
James Jones
Lisa Kaston
Jean R. Kelley
Alexis Kellogg
William Kilpatrick

Questions about our Community Challenge? Contact Us.

We apologize in advance for any mistakes! If you notice an error or if we need to make a correction, please contact Lauren Bisio at the New Haven Free Public Library Foundation: or (203) 946-7454.