Reading Public Library Foundation

A foundation to support the Reading Public Library was first envisioned in a letter from RPL Board of Trustees Treasurer, Gerald Sigal, to the then Mayor of Reading, Paul Angstadt. A draft of by-laws for such an entity were included in the correspondence. It was hoped that the new group could raise money to address the "chronic shortage" of funding being faced at that time.

The Articles of Incorporation for the Reading Public Library Foundation were then written for the express purpose of receiving and caring for "a fund or funds of real or personal property" from which income might be derived to be used whole or in part "to maintain, develop, increase and extend the collection of the Reading Public Library."

The Articles were filed with the Department of State of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on July 16, 1996, and the organizational meeting of the Foundation was held on November 18, 1996. Gerald P. Sigal was elected as the first President of the organization from among seven original Trustees. The Foundation received 501(c)3 tax exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1997.

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