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Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence
Donations to the Pat Smith Endowment for Excellence supports innovative association activities, and TLA’s mission to empower library personnel and supporters to develop library excellence for the people of Texas. A gift to to this fund enables the essential work of the association and its members to move forward.
A Message from Pat
TLA needs our support! The cancellation of the 2020 annual conference was necessary, but it left our beloved association in dire financial straits. The Texas library community is proud and determined, and our charitable donations at this unimaginable time in history can help TLA rebound from this devastating income loss. The reality is that the conference underwrites TLA’s yearlong efforts in leadership, advocacy, promotion, and public persuasion. As the model of excellence throughout the country, TLA has been the constant in our professional lives by inspiring, energizing, and educating us. Thank TLA for what it has meant to your career and personal growth and help TLA emerge as an even stronger and more dynamic organization. Thank you!
Pat Smith, TLA Executive Director, 1987-2017
- Donor ($15 – $49)
- Patron ($50 – $99)
- Mentor ($100 – $249)
- Promoter ($250 – $499)
- Guardian ($500 – $749)
- Partner ($750 – $999)
- Pillar ($1000 – $1999)
- Champion ($2000+)
- Luminary Society ($50K+)
Other TLA Funds
These funds support specific association programs.
- Disaster Relief Fund
- Christina Woll Fund
- James Love Fund
- Fund for Excellence in Libraries and Learning
- Whitten Intellectual Freedom Fund
- Glen & Jerre Hetherington Fund for leadership development
- June Kahler Berry Fund for TALL Texans scholarships
- Jeanette and Jim Larson Fund – public library grants for mystery genre
- Wayne Williams Fund – library grants to purchase children’s books
- Scholarship & Research Fund for Janeway Scholarship & TLA Summer Scholarship
- Texas Bluebonnet Award Endowment Fund
TLA relies on the generosity of library supporters to enable us to carry out our mission. A gift of financial support to TLA translates into an enduring legacy that will help keep the flame of libraries and literacy burning bright. We hope you’ll consider supporting the profession and TLA. Thank you!
Thank you to our FY2021 Donors! *Contributions for FY2021: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021.
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